As a homeowner, you know the worst part of lawn care is weeds. They make your lawn look like a mess and they are a real pain to get rid of. The key to proper weed control is to get them early and maintain vigilance throughout the year. Here are a few summer weed control tips to help you battle the weeds this summer.
To make your summers easier, you should tackle weeds early in the spring. This advice may be a little late but you always use it next year. Common weeds like crabgrass and dandelions spread their seeds in the fall where they lay dormant until warm temperatures return and sunshine helps them germinate. If you apply a pre-emergent herbicide at the right time, it will coat the seeds and prevent them from sprouting. This will make a huge dent in the number of weeds you encounter in your lawn later in the year.
Weed seeds need plenty of sunlight to sprout. That’s why they seem to quickly find bare spots and take over. If you keep your yard healthy with proper fertilization and irrigation it should grow thick enough to prevent sunlight from reaching those seeds embedded in your soil.
Core aeration is another way to improve the health and thickness of your grass. Aeration ensures that your grass is receiving adequate water, nutrients, and air to stay thick and healthy.
Whether they are blown in by the wind or dropped by birds, weeds will find their way into your yard one way or another. If you applied pre-emergent in the spring then weeds will be few and far between. At this point, it’s time to spot spray individual weeds with post-emergent spray. Stopping weeds in the summer prevents them from going to seed in the fall and dispersing seeds throughout your yard.
This summer weed control tip is for all the gardeners out there who spend way too much time pulling weeds out of their gardens because they use a sprinkler. Sprinklers are great for lawns but, in the garden, they don’t just water your tomatoes, they also water the weeds which grow much faster. Thankfully there are better ways to water your garden than a sprinkler.
The tried and true method that has been working for centuries. You can’t go wrong with a watering can but if you have a big garden it can be a real time-intensive and labor-intensive task, requiring several trips to the hose or rain barrel.
This method involves using a hose with holes at certain intervals to provide a slow drip of water directly to the plants. This takes a bit of effort to set up but is relatively cheap and pays off real quick.
This is an interesting irrigation method that turns an everyday five-gallon bucket into an irrigation system. All you need is to drill a few holes around the bottom of a bucket and bury it in your garden about halfway. Fill it with water and watch as the water leaks out through the holes and into the dirt around your plants’ roots.
At TruGreen Midsouth, we understand the threats facing southern lawns. That’s why we are dedicated to helping you keep your landscapes looking their best. Let our lawn care experts help you out this summer.