Weed Control may seem like a tedious Spring activity. But, for most homeowners, a lush, weed free lawn is a goal, but stubborn weeds like crabgrass, clover, and dandelions often get in the way.
Generally speaking, there are two types of perennial weeds that you’ll encounter in your yard, broadleaf weeds like dandelion and creeping charlie, and grassy weeds like crabgrass and foxtail. For some, a weed control service is an answer. Give them a call and a worker will come and treat the weeds in your lawn, letting you enjoy a sea of green without any labor, however for others, it’s a fight they want to tackle on their own, and, thankfully, due to selective herbicide treatments, it’s a relatively low-effort task to handle.
If you only have one or two dandelions, you may decide to pull weeds, which is not the worst way to get a little bit of exercise on a nice day. However, if your dandelions have put out their weed seeds, you may have a bigger infestation of invasive plants than you can handle without a good weed control product.
If you’re looking for weed control without fertilizing, a product such as Scotts® Weed Control for Lawns, is helpful. However, one of the best ways to stop weeds is to crowd out weed growth with a healthy lawn by fertilizing at the same time you kill weeds. To do both in one shot, Scotts® Turf Builder® Triple Action will both kill weeds and feed your lawn at the same time. To spot treat, a product like Scotts® Spot Weed Control for Lawns will target just the weeds, while leaving the lawn grass alone.
In early spring, using a pre-emergent herbicide can easily help control crabgrass and foxtail. Scotts® Turf Builder® Halts® Crabgrass Preventer with Lawn Food (which also feeds your lawn) or Scotts® Halts® Crabgrass & Grassy Weed Preventer (which does not), are great options to stop weeds before they start to grow.
All of these items can be found at local hardware stores such as Brinkmann’s, and the staff there can help answer any questions you may have.
Most importantly, to prevent weeds, make sure you have the proper environment for your lawn by following these tips.
Weed seeds need sunlight to sprout, so keep your lawn a bit higher, and the seeds are less likely to germinate.
Ensure that your lawn isn’t thirsty! A well-watered yard will have deep, strong roots, letting it out-compete weeds. Water regularly for a thick, lush lawn.
Give it some food. Every 6-8 weeks during spring and summer, feed your lawn to help it handle stress like the heat and drought that often comes along with summer. A healthy lawn will help to repel weeds, so be sure to help your lawn to help you enjoy a weed-free summer!