No one likes weeds. The weed growth can choke the beautiful plants and flowers you use to increase your property’s curb appeal. Here are some tips for how to deal with weeds to next time they pop up on your lawn this summer.
Know Your Enemy
Knowing your enemy is half the battle. Before you can begin tackling the problem in front of you, it will help if you can see them coming. Broadleaf weeds have broad and flat leaves, which is where they get their name from – they won’t look like ordinary grass or needles. Some common examples of this type of weed include dandelions, clover, ground ivy, and thistle.
Grassy weed can be more difficult to identify. This is mainly because these weeds look like grass. The blades look like grass, so it’s easy to be fooled. But once you see crabgrass, foxtail, or quackgrass, the illusion shatters.
Finally, you might also detect grass-like weeds on your lawn. The leaves look like triangles or tubes. They’ll also be hollow, and on closer inspection, won’t look much like grass. Nutsedge, wild onions, and wild garlic are nuisances that you shouldn’t allow to thrive.
Controlling Their Growth
The next step is to seek and destroy. Controlling the growth of weeds is much simpler than you might think. Use fertilizer formulas you trust. When you have a fertilized lawn, it encourages grass growth and stops weed infestations in their tracks. Other formulas can also slow down the attacks of pests like fire ants. Pulling out the weeds, while tedious, can also work. The problem is that this is usually only effective when there are a handful of weeds present. Spot treatments can make more of a difference by affecting the roots.
Preventing Future Returns
The last step involved in stopping weed growth is to keep them from coming back this time next year. Crabgrass and foxtail start to grow in the spring. Even if you missed your chance this year, you can get the jump on the next time. Use prevention formulas to keep the seeds from sprouting.
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