Most of us look forward to summer every year. Warm days, sunny skies, and green grass. However, with the luxurious green grass comes weeds. If you own a lawn, you probably know that it is important to remove the weeds before they become an issue. Weeds quickly multiply.
Thankfully, there are methods to prevent weeds. Firstly, create an environment that discourages weeds. You can achieve this by planting specific flowers. Farmers have always used cover crops (like peas, beans, soybeans, wheat and rye) to smother out pesky weeds and replace nutrients, like nitrogen, which can be leached from the soil by rains and watering. In flower beds and home vegetable gardens, you can also use this method of dense planting for weed control.
Do not deprive your lawn of water. Water deprived lawns will flourish with weeds. If you mow your lawn regularly, keep the length of the cut longer. The healthier, more nutrient dense your lawn is, the less weeds will grow.
If you do have weeds growing heavily in your lawn, the following tips can help:
- Examine your lawn. What type of weeds are growing? There are three primary types of weeds: broadleaf, grassy, or grass-like. Broadleaf is commonly dandelion, clover, ground ivy (creeping Charlie), oxalis, chickweed, dollarweed, henbit, plantain, and thistle. Grassy is crabgrass, foxtail, annual bluegrass, and quackgrass. Grass-like is nutsedge, wild onion, and wild garlic. Know the type of weed before deciding on a treatment method.
- Treatment method. Choose a treatment for the type of weed and the stage they are in. This will be either a pre or post emergent. If your weeds are not growing densely, you can try an organic method with other plants.
- Kill the weeds. After determining your treatment method, you will need to kill the weeds. The bag will tell you how much to use.
If you need assistance maintaining a healthy lawn in Beaverton or Medford, contact Beaver Tree Service. We are here to help with your needs.