It’s that time of year again when you need to take care of your lawn and get on top of your weed control responsibilities. Keep in mind that weed seeds are always there on your lawn, waiting for the right opportunity, enough room and lighting to grow and develop. For this reason, many landscaping professionals agree that the best way to beat weed growth is a healthy lawn.
A healthy lawn is your first line of weed control defense
Keeping your lawn healthy and fertile is the best way to prevent the growth of weeds. Your primary goal in maintaining a healthy lawn is to not give the weeds an opportunity to grow and develop. This is why consistent mowing is often recommended to make your lawn thick and dense, thus, leaving no open space for weeds to get started.
All about weeds
Finding more information about what you need to protect your lawn from will help you create a better plan. Hence, learning more about weeds is important so you can implement an appropriate and effective weed control strategy.
- Types or categories
The first thing you may need to know is what type of weeds grows in your yard. Generally, weeds are categorized into two groups:
- Broadleaf weeds or dicots – such as the purslane and spurge
- Grassy weeds or monocots – such as the crabgrass and goose grass
Weeds reproduce from seed. They produce a lot of seeds through proliferation. Hence, there are probably thousands of weed seeds hiding in your lawn right now waiting for an open space for them to get some air, water, and sunlight to grow and develop.
Other types of weeds, however, reproduce via runners. Weeds that reproduce using runners, such as the Bermuda grass, can occupy your lawn very quickly.
- Ways to control the growth of weeds
There are two ways you can control the growth of weeds:
- Before the seeds germinate or pre-germination.
- After the weeds have grown and emerged from the ground or post-germination.
If you opt to use the pre-germination methods, you need to strictly follow the correct time of applying the pre-emergent herbicides. The correct time of applying is usually before weed seeds can begin germinating.
In post-germination, there is not specific time to add in the herbicides. However, most professionals suggest applying the herbicides when the weeds are still young. The chemicals won’t be as effective with older weeds.
Regardless of the specific type of herbicide you chose to use for your lawn, always remember that these chemicals can cause damage to our lawn. This is why it is important to spend time in reading and understanding the application directions that come with the herbicides.
Contact Local Hardscape Pros now to learn more about weed control.
Local Hardscape Pros
4717 Jenn Drive Suite 100K
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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