If you want a green, lush and healthy lawn, you have to battle weeds. It’s a simple fact of life. Weeds are everywhere, and if they’re allowed to take root, they will flourish and crowd out your beautiful grass. However, getting rid of them isn’t always easy. In addition to making sure you’re treating your lawn for the right weeds, you have to also make sure you’re treating your lawn at the right time. Any error on your part regarding these two things will greatly affect your success.
The best thing you can do to ensure success is to hire a professional gardener, like Snyder’s Weed Control, to take care of your weed problem for you. If you want to do it yourself, follow these tips for a gorgeous, weed-free lawn.
Identify Your Weeds
In order to kill weeds, you must first figure out what type of weeds you have. You can identify the most common weeds in your area at your local extension office or online. There are three main groups of weeds. Broadleaf weeds include anything that has broad leaves, such as dandelions, ivy and clover. Perennial grassy weeds go dormant along with your grass and start growing again each spring. Annual grassy weeds, such as crab grass, germinate each spring.
Broadleaf weeds can be controlled by spraying weed killer directly onto the plant. Widespread weeds, such as patches of clover, can be treated with a tank sprayer or a dial sprayer. The latter connects directly to your garden hose.
Take Note of the Growing Cycle
Figure out the growing cycle for the type of weed you’re battling so you can attack them as early in their growing cycle as possible. For many plants, the growing cycle starts in the spring. However, perennial weeds maintain a root system underground throughout the winter. These are best attacked in the fall.
Check the Weather Forecast
Do not apply weed killer when the weatherman predicts rain or high winds. You need at least two days of good weather after you treat your lawn for the treatment to be successful.
There are many factors to consider if you are going to treat your lawn to get rid of weeds. First, you have to know what types of weeds you’re battling, because your strategy will vary dramatically for each. Not only will the type of weed determine the herbicide you use, it will also determine when you should treat your lawn.