Tips for a Weed Free Lawn
Some weeds in our lawns and landscapes are just a fact of life. However, you can have a virtually weed free lawn if you follow the correct maintenance procedures.
- The best defense against weeds is a thick, healthy lawn. So first thing, look at the quality of your existing lawn and the soil underneath it. Weeds are quickly going to move into bare spots, so fill them in with desirable turf grass and there will be nowhere for weeds to grow. If the lawn is thin, over seed; spring and fall are the best times for this.
- Another step to rejuvenate the soil will be core aeration, this alleviates compacted soil. Core aeration also allows fertilizer, water, and air to reach the root zone faster.
- A highly suggested maintenance procedure for a healthy lawn is cutting your grass high. A 3" height is ideal and you'll want to mow often enough that you are not removing more than 1/3 of the blade each cut. The taller grass blades not only shade out weed seeds, but more leaf surface means higher rate of food absorption for the roots.
- When watering your lawn, water slowly so that it is dispersed evenly and deeply through the soil. This will encourage the roots to grow deeper.
- Before taking action against weeds, know what kind of weeds you are dealing with so that you can take proper corrective action. For annual weeds, such as crabgrass, the easiest way to control them is through prevention by putting down a pre-emergent control in the spring.
- For perennial weeds, such as dandelions, there are a few routes that can be taken depending on your situation. With broadleaves like the dandelion there are products specially formulated for them that you can apply to turf areas without harming it. Make sure the labels states it is for broadleaf control before applying it to your lawn.
- Grassy weeds are especially tough to get rid of because of their close relation to the desirable grasses in our lawns. So, in this case you can hand pull or spray the areas that are affected with a non-selective herbicide (Round-up) that will kill everything. Once the area has died off it can be raked and prepped for re-seeding.
The key is to be realistic and know that not only will your lawn probably have a few weeds here and there, but it will always require maintenance to keep it looking weed free and healthy. A good fertilizer and weed control program is highly recommended.
LawnCare by Walter has many years of experience in lawn rejuvenation. Call to have one of our technicians stop out to evaluate and determine what your specific lawn needs are. 815-332-9544