Weeds are the bane of many a homeowner’s existence. While they are essential for pollination, we don’t all necessarily want them in our lawns for aesthetic reasons.
To get rid of a lawn full of weeds, especially if you are a new homeowner, follow these six tips:
Know What Weeds You’re Dealing With
Not all weeds are made equal. Treatments are made to deal with specific weeds so always know what weeds you have before you begin removing them—especially if you are purchasing an herbicide.
When doing any yard work, remember to wear protective clothing like jeans, close toed shoes, and gloves.
Use Organic Mulch To Suppress Weeds
Organic mulch from Hansen’s Tree Service is a great way to suppress weeds in specific areas, like an area you want to plant a garden in. Mulch suppresses weeds by preventing light from reaching the seeds and when mulch breaks down, it provides nutrients to the soil. These nutrients help plants you want stay healthy and retain water.
Dig Weeds Up By The Roots
An effective, organic way to get rid of weeds in your lawn is to dig them up by the roots. While this method is time consuming, it is a sure-fire way to remove weeds.
Mow Your Lawn Correctly
Mowing your lawn too short encourage weed growth. Instead, mowing higher allows the grass to prevent light from reaching weeds seeds, stopping their growth. Mow your lawn correctly each season to keep your lawn healthy, prevent weeds, and prevent disease.
Use Herbicides Correctly
When using herbicides to kill weeds in your lawn, use them carefully and per their instructions. If you plan on targeting weeds before they emerge, you will want a pre-emergent. If the weeds are already present, get a post-emergent.
Alternatively, if you prefer an organic way of killing weeds in cracks in your driveway, boil water to a minimum of 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Carefully pour the water on the weeds, avoiding plants you want to live.
Keep Up With Lawn Maintenance
Maintaining your lawn with the right products and care is essential in preventing excess weed growth. Apply mulch, fertilize with organic compost, and prevent overwatering. If you are unsure how much compost or mulch you need, the experts at Hansen’s Tree Service is more than happy to help.