How To Control Weeds In Your Yard

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Weeds in your lawn are a nuisance and can make your yard look unsightly. They also compete with your plants and grass for nutrients and water in the soil. Controlling weeds will make your yard look more appealing and allow your desirable plants and grasses to grow and flourish.

Because weeds can grow at different rates and at various times throughout the year, homeowners can feel overwhelmed at the prospect of weed control. While most are simply a nuisance, some, like poison ivy, can be harmful. Still others can produce burrs or thorns. These bothersome sprouts can be dangerous to children and others who play in or visit your yard.

Lawn weeds can be divided into two categories: grassy and broadleaf. Crabgrass and tall fescue are considered grassy weeds, while dandelions and clover are categorized as broadleaf weeds. Identification is important because it can influence the method used for eradication. Also, people should be aware of the physical characteristics of poisonous weeds in order to avoid touching them.

There are a variety of physical and chemical ways to rid your lawn of pesky weeds. Control strategies, both organic and inorganic, have been created to contain growth and prevent them from spreading. Listed below are some tips on controlling the weed growth in your lawn.

Pull Weeds:

The old-fashioned method of getting on your hands and knees and pulling weeds is a good way to rid your lawn of unwanted greenery. A small, handheld tool will help you pull the entire root without harming the surrounding plants. Be sure to pull even the smallest specimens, as they are easier to pull when the root system is young. Before you start, water the lawn or flowerbed to loosen the soil and make pulling a little easier.

Try weeding early in the morning when the weather is cooler. Take on small areas at a time so that you do not get tired. It is best to weed once or twice a week to keep small sprouts from growing and possibly harming your desirable plants and grass. A regular weeding schedule will keep your lawn healthy and looking neat.

Mulch Natural Areas and Around Plants:

A thick layer of mulch in natural areas and around plants and trees will limit the growth of weeds. If some do appear, they are more easily pulled from mulched areas than soil. Some inorganic mulch materials, like plastic, can practically eliminate the existence of weeds but is not as environmentally friendly as organic mulch.

Use Herbicides:

Chemical weed killers, or herbicides, can be used to kill existing specimens in your lawn. Easier than pulling and fairly cost-efficient, this method is a quick way to destroy unsightly weeds. However, damage can occur to plants if not applied correctly. These chemicals can be dangerous to children and pets so it is important to take caution when using. Organic weed killers are available and do not contain the harmful chemicals found in herbicides.

No matter how well you maintain your lawn, no yard is immune from weed growth. Don’t wait until they are out of control to do something. A professional landscaper can give you advice on how to design your yard as well as what products to use in order to minimize weed growth in your lawn. Weekly services by a lawn expert will keep your yard healthy and looking nice while killing existing weeds and preventing the growth of new specimens.



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Kostas Menegakis has 248 articles online

Kostas Menegakas is the owner and manager of Landscapes R Us, based in High Point, NC. His company provides weed control for lawns around the Piedmont Triad area.


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This article was published on 2011/04/25