One of the many tasks included in your regular lawn maintenance is to get rid of weeds from your lawn. There are different ways to do this and you do not have to spend more than $20. In addition to getting rid of the weed, you also need to control and prevent their growth in your yard. To help you effectively do these, here are some of the most common weed control strategies that you can consider doing.
Maintain ideal grass height
Different types of grass have a different height requirement. Confirm with a local lawn care expert the ideal height for the grass that you have on your lawn. Maintaining your grass at the right height and making sure it is sufficiently fertilized and watered, will result in a healthier lawn eliminating any possibilities for weed grass to grow and develop.
Once you know how long your grass should be maintained, you can create a mowing schedule. This will depend on the type of grass you are mowing and weather conditions. At most, you will have to mow once every one to two weeks. Regular mowing not only results in maintaining the right level of grass but will also ensure that weed seed heads are clipped off before they reach maturity.
Know the specific type of weed you are dealing with
Similarly, in many situations, it helps if you get to know the weed that you’re dealing with so that you can plan the right solution and action to get rid of it. Generally, there are three types of weeds and each requires a different type of treatment. If you do not know which type of weed you have in your background, dig out a sample and bring to your local lawn maintenance expert.
- Broadleaf weeds – This type of weed has broad leaves. Examples include creeping Charlie, dandelions and clover. Broadleaf weeds can be prevented using small amounts of broadleaf herbicide. Experts suggest using the smallest applicator available in garden stores to help you save time and money. Using a small applicator also prevents the release of harmful chemicals, which are often present in herbicides, into the environment.
- Perennial grassy weeds – This type of weed has similar behavior with the average grass. It can grow dormant throughout winter and come out in the spring, along with your grass. To effectively eliminate perennial weeds, you will need to wipe a non-selective plant killer to the weeds that you want to remove. To do this effectively, dip a cloth glove in the herbicide and use this glove to touch the weeds. Make sure you wear a protective rubber glove underneath the cloth glove so you will not be affected by the herbicide. The best way to apply a generous amount of the herbicide to the weed is to grab it using the cloth glove near the roots and pull towards the ends of the leaf. Do not spray this herbicide to your lawn as this will also kill your other plants and grass.
- Annual grassy weeds – This type of weed is very much similar to the growth and behavior of crabgrass. After reseeding near the end of the growing season, they die and leave the seeds to germinate and grow in the coming spring season. Experts highly recommend using crabgrass preventer between the first and third mowing during the spring season. It is extremely important that you apply the herbicide during spring because this is when they germinate seeds.
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