At some point or another, we all deal with it. What was once a beautiful, full lawn of radiant green grass sprouts a few weeds, and as the days go by, you’re beginning to notice more and more of them. Before you know it, you have one huge, unattractive problem to deal with. At the end of the day, no one likes weeds blending in with their lawn but fortunately for you, it’s a pretty simple problem to solve with a little elbow grease and some time. Here are a few things you can do to get rid of your weeds and whip your lawn back into shape.
Prevent Weeds Before They Grow
As is the case with many things in life, a little preventative maintenance goes a long way towards solving many of life’s problems. Lawns and weeds are no different. Weeds are just like grass - they’re plants! Yes, we think they’re a pain to deal with, but the truth is that if you keep the conditions that are conducive to weed growth to a minimum then you won’t have to worry about them quite as much. Things like grass that’s mowed too low, compacted soil, and a lack of water are all things that allow weeds to thrive. Reversing these problems is the absolute best way to prevent them from growing in the first place.
Where Do You Start?
Here are the steps you should take:
- Examine your lawn - It’s helpful to take a look at the kinds of weeds you’re dealing with. Treatments come in all shapes and sizes and many of them have specific uses for specific types of weeds. You’ll need to figure out what you’re dealing with before you deal with it.
- Choose your treatment - It’s as simple as finding the right treatment for the type of weed you have. Also - don’t write off pre-emergent. If you apply it early enough in the Spring, you’ll be able to kill weeds before they establish themselves. If weeds have emerged already, make sure you’re purchasing a post-emergent.
- Kill ‘em all - Make sure you follow directions to the ‘t’ as to how to apply and use your treatment. That ranges from when and how to apply the treatment to how much you need to use it. Read the bag three times just to be safe. And oh yeah - when it comes to chemicals, it might be best to leave things up to a pro.
- Keep up your maintenance after the fact - If you’ve gone through the work of getting rid of weeds, you’ll be able to make that work pay off by keeping up on some simple maintenance items consistently. Seed your lawn and aerate it in the fall. Give your turf a nice, low mow right before winter. Use a pre-emergent in the Spring and then be sure to mow your lawn regularly and consistently in the spring and summer - removing about a third of the grass at a time.
Are There Natural Weed Killers?
You bet there are, but they can be a little time-consuming. One way to kill weeds is to spray vinegar directly on the weeds, themselves. It’ll dry out the leaves and can kill the weed above the ground. You’ll want to use vinegar that’s around 5% acid. And pro-tip - you’ll be more likely to find that kind of vinegar at a hardware store rather than the grocery store. Using it should kill 80-100% of the weeds that are likely to inhabit your yard.
That being said, we definitely recommend using herbicides if you’ve got a large-scale infestation. Vinegar is best used for smaller, more manageable clumps of weeds. If you’d like to learn more about how to kill the weeds on your lawn or would like some more guidance, feel free to give us a call today at 603-292-3217.