Weeds, Weeds, Weeds
So, you’ve got weeds in your lawn. You do your best to make your lawn look nice. You mow it, you trim it, you fertilize it, you aerate it, but the weeds still come. They’re a fact of life that you just have to deal with. With a bit of work, you can manage it and now is the best time to start.
Get On It!
The best time to deal with weeds is while they’re still actively growing in the spring. You’ll have to continue your weed-killing regiment all the way through to fall, but getting an early start will make it much more manageable.
Follow the Instructions
You’ll want to use weed killer, but don’t jump the gun. Many weed killers are contact poisons; you have to spray the poison directly onto the weed for it to be effective. Make sure you read the instructions carefully before using them. Some weed killers can be harmful to your lawn and pets. Some killers can be used multiple times with no side-effects, while others are meant to be used only once. Using the right weed killers at the right time can help your lawn stay healthy, but improper use can cause worse damage than the weeds.
An Ounce of Prevention
crab grassYou might be surprised to learn that one of the most efficient weed killers is the very grass you’re trying to keep the weeds out of. Grass grows pretty thick and can choke out a lot of other plants if it grows strong – in fact, grass itself is a weed if it gets somewhere you don’t want it. With some good law care maintenance, you can help your grass choke out the weeds before they sprout. Here are a few things to keep up on:
1. Fertilize Your Lawn
You should fertilize your lawn every 6-8 weeks during the growing season. Keeping the grass healthy will make it grow lush and strong, making it better able to choke out unwanted weeds.
2. Mow Higher
Weeds need sunlight to grow, as all plants do. When you mow your lawn, raise the mower height to let the grass grow taller. If the grass is tall, then weeds won’t be able to get enough sunlight to sprout.
3. Water Deeply
If you give your lawn a lot of short watering sessions, the water won’t get deep down into the soil, so the grass roots will stay shallow. Instead, water infrequently and deeply to encourage the grass to grow deeper roots. Deeper roots makes the grass stronger and better able to survive in the heat of the summer. If you don’t, patches of the grass may die, leaving your lawn vulnerable to weeds.
Let Us Help
Here at Cache Valley Lawn King, lawn care and maintenance is one of our specialties and that includes weed prevention. If you want to make sure you get your lawn off to a good start for summer, get in touch with us and we’ll help you get started right. Sit back and enjoy your lawn!