This week’s blog topic will be about controlling your weeds. We will discuss the following things regarding managing your weeds:
- the function of weed control
- different types of weed control
- safety issues
- precautions needed
You cannot have weed control without weeds, right? So let us begin by discussing weeds as a whole. In general, weeds are plants. They tend to grow rapidly and cause unlimited amounts of annoyance and stress when it comes to getting rid of them. Weeds have one purpose only. They deliberately steal from the other plant life on your lawn or landscape. Some of the things they steal are:
- Space on your property
- Attention from caring for the rest of our landscape to deal with them
Not only do weeds do that, but they also are harmful and poisonous. Weeds can negatively affect your lawn, landscape, and potentially even you. Their primary issue is that weeds will not allow your plant life to remain healthy. They can lead to the death of your lawn or landscape. On top of that, weeds carry and host other lawn diseases and pests that will further cause damage and problems. Weeds have a relatively short lifespan of just a few weeks but will kill your lawn or landscape over time. They will keep respawning if you do not get rid of them as soon as you possibly can.
To have a healthy and vibrant lawn or landscape, you must have some form of weed control. Gardens, flower beds, anything you plant food-wise can benefit significantly from weed killers in their attempt to grow. But is weed killer the best choice? (Stay tuned for more on this!)
Before moving on, we want to provide you with a few helpful hints and information regarding weed control in general. Consider it a do and don’ts list of weed control. Here are a few tips we gathered for you:
- Water everything on your lawn or landscape except the weeds.
- Cutting your grass to the proper height and having a nice dense turf will help keep weeds from taking root on the lawn.
- Weed right after a large rainfall. It is the best time to do it!
- Digging on your lawn and landscape, in general, will bring out your weeds to the surface.
- Grow fruits and vegetables in pots to avoid digging and drawing out weeds.
- Pre-Emergent Weed Killer is a viable option to prevent weeds as it kills them before they can grow.
- Another useful option for weed control is mulching, which prevents weeds from growing on your landscape. If mulch is used on your lawn it can actually help spread the seeds. If the lawn isn’t treated, you should always bag your clippings, so seeds don’t spread!
Do not forget that the Divine team can help you with services like mulching, lawn maintenance, and lawn care to help your lawn thrive further. Call us today to see if we can help!
Weedkiller, or herbicide, aims to cover the weeds on your property and control them. Herbicide targets weeds directly. Like most things today, there are many different options to consider. There are herbicides with chemicals and without. Some only kill weeds, while others will kill your entire lawn or landscape.
It is challenging to decide on a herbicide, and this decision entirely revolves around what is right for your specific property. The one thing you need to look out for when choosing your herbicide is a specific chemical ingredient known as glyphosate. That is the ingredient that will obliterate your entire landscape or lawn. If it doesn’t lead to the immediate death of your lawn, glyphosate will release different disease types that eventually take over your entire landscape and kill it slowly. If you decide on the type of herbicide that does not demolish all your plant life, you must be careful during the application process. Make sure when applying it that it is not a windy day. If it is, the application will spread to undesired parts of your landscape or lawn and may damage or even kill them. Lastly, if you pour your herbicide into a bottle, make sure you always use the same one and rinse them instead of mixing them.
Safety Concerns and Precautions
For good reasons, people are concerned with herbicides’ safety and really debate using them. The following will give you facts and not opinions so that you can decide for yourself.
The main concern about herbicide is that it does kill weeds but uses chemicals. The worry comes into account of herbicides’ effect on ourselves, our children, our pets, and our food if we are growing produce in gardens or flower beds. The recommendation from educated people who study herbicide is the following. They want you to make two attempts in trying to get rid of your weeds before you try to use herbicide with chemicals. First, you should try using a natural herbicide, with less harmful products, that is chemical-free. The second attempt you should make is to manually remove your weeds by pulling them out when you see them.
Also, consider timing. Make sure you use herbicide on a calm day with no wind, preferably in the morning, after your children go to school and the pets have gone out. Then you can apply the herbicide in the morning, allowing no foot traffic until the end of the day, or even the next day, depending on your situation.
The last concern is about the food you could grow in your garden. Just like other areas of your landscape or lawn, it is not recommended that you use herbicide with chemicals here. Some scientists think that there could be a connection between the chemicals in herbicide and cancer. For this reason, organic products have gained popularity in recent years.
The overall recommendation is to avoid using herbicides with chemicals, if possible. Make sure you do your research and continue to look at the different types of herbicide and their ingredients. Divine is here for all your lawn care and landscaping needs! If you are unsure or want an expert second opinion, call us today! We will be happy to help! We love helping our local communities of El Dorado, Augusta, and Towanda, KS!