We take pride in our lawns it is where have host our annual barbecues and where our children enjoy the sun. We do anything we can to keep them healthy, especially getting rid of those pesky weeds. From dandelions to clover weeds riddle our lawns, but how do we effectively combat weeds? Simple way to combat weeds is to know what type of grass you have. Yes, there are many different types of grass and each one has its own unique way of being taken care of. Once you know what type of grass you have the simplest way to prevent weeds is to mow your lawn. As simple as this is, knowing what type of grass you have will determine the right height to cut the grass.
Grass that is too short can let sunlight into the undergrowth giving nourishment to would be weeds like ivy. While being too tall prevents sunlight to the undergrowth allowing that do not need too much sun to flourish. Now no matter how well you take care of your lawn there will be weeds, these weeds you can simply hand pick. Make sure when you do to get as close to the root as possible before pulling; if you just pluck the weed without the root then it will grow back and multiply creating a sea of weeds. If you have an invasion of weeds knowing what weeds they are will help get ride of them faster. There are two categories of weeds perennials and annual. Annual weeds refer to weeds that only spread by seed like dandelions.
We all love picking them and blowing the white seeds watching them fly around. These types of weeds are the easiest to get ride of before spring comes, the perfect time is right before winter when the grass stops growing for the year, and spray herbicides to prevent the seeds that are already there from growing come spring. If you are patient you can just carefully pick them to get rid of them. Perennial weeds refer to those that multiply by seeds as well as roots. Some people come them creeping or crawling root weeds, these are the hard ones to get rid of. Trying to pick them by hand is difficult because you will start to find the web of roots spreading around the grass.
Keeping your grass mowed at about two inches will stunt the growth of these weeds and the combination of hand picking patches then spraying herbicide will help control the spread. If you start to get patches of dead grass you are in for a lost cause, get your gardening shovel and dig up the spots then reseed with new grass. If you don’t want harmful chemicals in your lawn there are homemade recipes that can help, but will require more work with your hands. Using common house hold ingredients such as salt, vinegar, and dish soap will create a eco friendly killer. Simply mix the ingredients is a container, I use empty water bottles and poke a hole in the cap to create a squirting affect, and go out to spray your weeds on a nice sunny day. Controlling weeds will give you a health green lawn to enjoy and boast to your neighbors.
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