Every homeowner, no matter who they are, hates weeds. They pop up overnight and take over your lawn – broadleaf weeds, grassy weeds, crabgrass, dandelions and clover everywhere. If you’re not taking proactive steps to prevent weeds from infesting your lawn including year-round weed control, then you’re not going to make the most of your home.
Weeds are any type of plant growth that is unwanted, unsightly, and annoying to a property owner. Common weed types include:
Broadleaf Weeds – there are hundreds of broadleaf weeds in the United States. Because of their biological uniqueness compared to common grasses like fescue, Bermuda, and zoysia weed control manufacturers have had a lot of success bringing to market many useful products that kill a broad spectrum of weeds.
Grassy Weeds & Sedges – one of the most significant problems property owner face is dealing with grassy weeds like crabgrass or sedges like nutsedge invading their lawns. Because grassy weeds and sedges are biologically similar to common grass types like fescue, Bermuda, and zoysia, it is a more significant challenge to treat lawns with these weed types.
As long as you’re taking a proactive approach (regular lawn fertilization and weed control), you can rebuild the grass you want, while eliminating troublesome weeds that steal nutrients and crowd out your turf.
No matter how terrible your lawn gets, as long as you’re proactive, you can rebuild the grass you want, while eliminating troublesome weeds that steal nutrients and crowd out your turf.
Two Core Components of Proper Weed Control
Pre-Emergent Weed Control – The best way to keep weeds off your lawn is to treat it regularly with a pre-emergent herbicide that usually prevents it from germinating or kills the weed at the earliest time of its life cycle.
Post Emergent Weed Control – After weeds have already taken hold of your lawn, a post-emergent herbicide will be needed to treat your lawn and to kill weeds. Depending on how bad the weed situation is, it can take many treatments to make real p
Ripping Weeds Out by Hand
It’s easy just to go out there and pull a broadleaf weed (like a dandelion) out by hand, but the roots generally break off in the grass, sprouting even more troublesome plants. Taking a calculated approach (like spraying the roots directly with herbicide) makes sure that you eliminate the plant without proliferating seeds for another generation to germinate. Luckily, some weed control sprays are labeled “safe for lawns,” which means that you can spray them and leave the grass behind unharmed when used according to manufacturer’s directions.
More often than not, your lawn loses its edge when its health goes downhill. It requires careful preparation, watering and draining tactics, and careful cutting techniques that never leave your grass stressed.
Tips and Advice for Do-It-Yourselfers
1) Do lots of research. If you want to provide weed control to your lawn yourself, make sure you read up well on all the products available to you, usually at a hardware store. Be sure the product explicitly states that it is safe for your grass type and follow the directions carefully.
2) Thicken your lawn. A thick lawn can crowd out and prevent the proliferation of weeds. This is especially true in turf grasses such a Bermuda and zoysia. Proper fertilization, mowing, and general lawn maintenance is needed.
3) Be consistent. If you are a homeowner trying to do it yourself, then consistency is key. Plan to fight weeds every season. Keep a bottle of broad-spectrum herbicide available so you can knock out weeds as you see them come in.
4) Seed fescue in the fall. Some experienced growers suggest re-seeding every year until your yard is thick and lush. To get the best germination rates, you should rake the seeds into the soil (kept consistently moist) until it eventually sprouts. Unfortunately, grass only grows as well as it’s fertilized.
5) Always monitor for bugs, disease, and stress. Be careful when applying pesticides to avoid shocking the lawn or soil ecosystem.
Hire a Lawn Service
Ok, we admit it, we are biased, but we still think that most homeowners benefit significantly from hiring a licensed lawn service that offers a year-round weed control program. In states like Georgia, there are products that only licensed applicators can purchase and apply that are essential for a comprehensive weed control program. For homeowners, it takes a lot of work, and it becomes very costly to apply 6-10 lawn treatments themselves every year, so there is a lot of value a lawn service can provide.