Do You Struggle with Weeds in Your Grass?

Do You Struggle With Weeds InYour Grass-

Common Types Of Weeds:

  • Broadleaf (Dandelion)
  • Grassy (Crabgrass)
  • Grass-Like (Yellow Nutsedge)

What Causes Weeds:

There are many causes of weed growth in lawns, but the most common are wind, water flow, and animals.

Wind: Wind blows plant growth and seeds all over the place, including your lawn. As weeds and weed seeds settle in your lawn, they germinate and grow.

Waterflow: Flows of water, such as rainfall, drainage, and flooding, carry plant growth and seeds into your lawn.

Animals: Both wild animals and pets can contribute to weed growth. As animals venture from weed infested areas to your lawn, their coats often carry weed seeds that fall into your lawn and germinate.

How To Control Weeds:

Mow High

Look, we get it. You don’t like cutting the grass. It’s hot outside and it takes way too long. Why not just cut it super short and let it grow for a few weeks before you repeat the entire painful process?
Cutting more than 1/3 off the top of your grass is stressful on your lawn. A stressed out lawn is more prone to disease and diseased lawn is more prone to thin out and let the weeds move in.
Set your mower as high as you can and commit this year to mowing once per week. If you hire your lawn care out, make sure your guys are doing this as well.

Fertilize

You love to eat and feel healthy and so does your lawn. Implement a yearlong fertilization schedule and let your grass do the weeding for you. Weed ‘n feed in the early Spring before it gets too warm. Late spring, fertilize your lawn with a fertilizer higher in nitrogen to promote deep green growth up top.

Summer means it’s time to strengthen your lawn with iron. Make sure your grass is ready to withstand the heat. Fall means the grass is going to stop growing, but it also means it’s time to “winterize” your lawn with a potassium rich fertilizer to encourage weed growth in preparation of colder weather and to jump start your spring growth next year.

Water Correctly

Keep your grass thick, healthy, and weed-free, but maintaining a proper watering schedule. Remember the following:

  • Water early in the morning.
  • Use a timer so you don’t over water (if water is running into the street you watered too long).
  • It’s ok to water twice.
  • Water an area of your lawn first, then move on to another. After a period of time, come back and water the same area more. This allows the water to soak in and not just run off into the gutters as waste.
  • Water deeply and less often. Twice a week is plenty if you are watering deeply. Too often and your grass will develop shallow roots.

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