Weeds never seem to go away. No matter how much we toil, it seems like weeds are a never-ending scourge of summer. Weeds are much stronger and more resilient than our grass, which is why it doesn’t take them long to overcrowd and take over our lawns. Luckily, if you make spring weed control part of your spring checklist, you can deal a major blow to the weeds in your yard.
If you have had enough of weeds ruining your lawn, then you need to start early. Weed seeds from the previous year lie dormant in your soil, just waiting for the opportunity to sprout. There could literally be thousands of seeds waiting for their chance to take over your yard. This is why pre-emergent weed control in the spring is a must if you want to control weeds for the rest of the year. Pre-emergents work by coating the seeds and preventing them from germinating. This will wipe out the entire first generation of weeds in your yard. But your work is not done yet.
Next, you need to keep your yard healthy. Now that the spring weeds aren’t choking your grass, it can grow freely. However, your lawn still needs to be provided with the proper nutrients to make it grow thick enough to prevent summer weeds from growing. Spring fertilization is essential to winning the war on weeds.
As the spring gives way to summer, the first generation of weeds will start to go to seed. If you followed step one, then you shouldn’t have a problem, but seeds from your neighbor’s yard or seeds carried on the wind can still infiltrate your yard and take root. This is the time to spot treat with post-emergent herbicides. Post-emergents target adult weeds and kill them before they have the chance to go to seed. Stopping these weeds from gaining a foothold will make next year’s chores a lot easier.
While we mow and fertilize our lawns, we must also keep them properly hydrated. Here in Georgia, it’s not uncommon for us to experience long dry summers. This heat and drought can take a huge toll on our lawns. When grass becomes weak, weeds have an easier time taking over your lawn. Proper irrigation techniques include watering two to three times per week, watering deeply, and watering early in the morning to allow enough time for it to evaporate before the sunsets. A handy way to tell if you haven’t watered enough is to stick a screwdriver into the dirt. If it’s hard to push in, then you need more water.
Mulch makes an excellent weed barrier for gardens, flower beds, and around trees. Not only can it insulate your roots from extreme temperatures, but it is thick enough to block out the sunlight that weeds need to germinate.
Here at Environmental Turf Management, we have over two decades of experience dealing with the problems that plague Georgia lawns. We know the importance of getting your spring lawn fertilization done right. With our 7-step lawn care program, we will get your grass to a level where it can prevent weeds from ruining your yard. The program also includes insect and disease control throughout the year. Give your lawn the advantage with lawn care services from Environmental Turf Management.
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