Ah, weeds. Our not-so-friendly neighborhood busybodies, always getting all up in our business. They butt in with the conversations we have with our plants and flowers (yes, we all know you talk to your plants, so do we, so it’s totally OK). They are the worst kind of squatters – they always bring tons of their friends and never stay out of sight.
So how do we stop them pre-arrival, and should they storm the castle anyway, evict them without it getting too messy?
1. Stop ‘Em Before They Start Part I – Preemergent Treatments
Kind of the more obvious answer to stopping weeds before they even have a chance to make any sort of headway in your grass or flowerbeds is to use a type of treatment that can be laid down ahead of time before they spread like wildfire.
Fortunately, there are plenty of options for different preemergent weed treatments that will help keep your lawn healthy while keeping the encroachers away. Many are made of organic material that’s incredibly environmentally friendly, and some can even add valuable nutrients to the soil to promote grass growth.
2. Stop ‘Em Before They Start Part II – Mulch Away
One of the coolest things about mulch is that it works as a preventative measure against weeds and can also work after weeds have reared their ugly heads. Laying mulch down early before it is full-on weed season will help choke the soil of the sunlight that weeds need to sprout in their full ugly glory.
But even after weeds have made an appearance, should they break through, mulch can be laid down on top of weeds that are already there to deprive these present weeds of the sunlight needed to spread and will often cause them to wither and die under it all.
3. Stop ‘Em Before They Start Part III – Do You Dig It? DON’T!
While we are big proponents of aeration and overseeding, there is a difference between those activities and digging around your landscape and attempting cultivation.
The interesting thing about weeds is they are already there. Hate it or hate it more, it makes no difference because the weeds have already made their home of your yard. The trick is keeping them growing from small seed to big weed.
4. Hydrate – But Not TOO Much
A phrase you hear all the time throughout the summer months: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Hydration is something that your plants, flowers, lawns, and trees need as well. Water is the lifeblood for so many living things – even weeds.
However, there can be something as too much of a good thing. If you put enough water into the soil, that allows the weeds to grow and thrive. A good strategy here is to water only where you want the water to be. Having an irrigation system that targets specifically your lawn, flowers, and plants is a great way to help facilitate weed control.
5. Don’t Feed After Midnight.
OK, so feeding after midnight really has nothing to do with this. However, being careful as to when – and how much – you do feed throughout the year also helps dictate whether weeds get fed as well. Finding the perfect balance of how much and when to use fertilizer is a great plan to go over with your local experts.
Be cautious of providing too little fertilizer for your lawn at the right time of year to fertilize. This can lead to your grass not getting enough, therefore not reaping the full benefits of the fertilizer. However, also be cautious of giving your lawn too much fertilizer. The weeds lying in wait will be more than happy to take that extra fertilizer off the hands of your grass.
6. Leave Your Grass a Little on the Long Side
A common mistake when it comes to mowing lawns: cutting the grass too short. We want to live with the illusion that a shorter grass is neater looking therefore healthier. This is just that, an illusion. The longer your grass is, while being kept adequately maintained, the healthier it is. The healthier grass is, the less likely weeds will move in.
7. Empty Space = Comfy Weed Home
You don’t want to be caught creating space for weeds to move right on in. The best way for them to do this is when you have empty spaces on your grass or open spaces between your plants and flowers in your flowerbeds. Fill up that space! Not only will it make your lawn more lush and green and your flower beds more vibrant with color and plant life, but it will eliminate the chance for weeds to try to make their presence known as well.
8. Get Down and Dirty With Caution
We recognize how tempting it is to get out your gardening gloves, your favorite digging tools, and a feisty attitude to dig up those weeds and get rid of them once and for all. Do this with caution. When you are ferociously going after these encroachers, sometimes problems can arise. When the weeds are cut, they will often spill their seeds into the earth, causing more weeds to grow in their place.
You can still get in there and use your cathartic killer instinct. Just make sure that when you are removing the weed, you are not digging up too much (remember the seeds are waiting just below the surface) and that you are getting the entire weed.
9. Don’t Wanna Be All By Yourself Anymore? You Are Not Alone.
Or maybe you don’t want to get dirty at all – that’s OK too. Sometimes these particular weed control methods are best left to professionals who have developed the perfect skill set and carry with them the right set of tools for the job. Divine Lawns is here to serve you with courtesy, top quality, and integrity. After all, a neat lawn isn’t just beautiful, it’s Divine.