Learn How To Landscape To Prevent Weeds
Landscaping When Weeds Take Over
By Jordyn Rickard
Your once beautiful green, lush grassy lawn has now become overrun with weeds. They’re mixed in with the lawn, they’re growing in the cracks of the concrete and in your garden. Did you know that one dandelion plant can produce around 15,000 seeds? Read the secrets below for keeping your yard picture perfect.
The first secret to success is to grow a healthy lawn. The thicker and denser the grass is the less likely the seeds are going to spread and get down to the soil to grow. Should they make it to the soil, the thick grass will make it hard for the sunlight to penetrate to the seeds. Check your local home and garden store for the many different types of grass seed available. If your lawn is a mix of sun and shade, there’s a seed out there specially for you. Depending on the type of grass you would like to grow, there’s also a wide variety of choices. Remember to water daily!
If you have weeds, chances are it’s one or two varieties. Identifying the species is the first step to treatment as there is not one herbicide that will treat everything. Most common species are crabgrass, dandelions, white clover, yellow nutsedge or spotted spurge. If you are having trouble identifying the species, try calling your local landscaper. He will not only be able to identify it, but have the chemical grade products on hand to exterminate the problem. Don’t be discouraged if the treatment doesn’t work right away, they are stubborn and may need another treatment!
After any treatment, it’s important to fertilize your lawn to keep the grass healthy. It is your first line of defense! Depending on the type of weed, it may be a season-round threat or just come in the beginning of spring or the start of summer.