Do you ever feel like you are playing whack-a-mole with your weeds?
Every time you pull them up, they grow back! Even the most experienced grass and garden enthusiasts deal with pesky weeds. But if you take the right weed control steps you can stop spending all your time weeding and more time enjoying your yard.
Here are 5 steps you can take to control weeds in your garden and prevent them from coming back.
1. Use Plenty of Mulch
Mulch is a material you can use over the soil to keep it cool and to prevent weeds from light exposure. Without proper light, weeds cannot grow.
Place the mulch over the soil about 2 inches deep and replenish as needed. Try to keep the mulch at least 2 to 3 inches away from the base of any plants. This will prevent rot and unwanted insects.
Most organic mulches contain materials you probably already have in your yard. You can use things like shredded leaves and woodchips to make your own organic mulch. Inorganic mulch usually contains forms of landscaping fabrics and plastic.
2. Don’t Disrupt the Soil
Weed seeds are everywhere – even if you can’t see them. They can lay dormant underneath the soil of your lawn or garden. So by digging up the soil you are giving those weed seeds a chance to thrive.
When working with your grass or garden, try to minimize any disruption to the soil that might trigger the weed seeds to grow. Use a sharp tool to cut lawn weeds at the roots rather than digging them up.
3. Call an Expert
If you’re already feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of spending hours on lawn weed control, save yourself the time and aggravation by calling the experts.
There’s no shame in calling for reinforcements. Weed control service providers can offer an overall assessment of the health of your lawn and monitor it for weeds or any other issues.
Experts also have weed control products that you can trust are non-toxic and safe for you, your family, and pets.
4. Water the Grass, Not the Weeds
This may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes it’s hard to tell where the grass ends and the weeds begin. The best strategy you can use is a drip irrigation system. This will target the areas you want to grow and deprive the weeds of water.
Preventing weed seeds from germinating can reduce the spread of weeds and get rid of the ones you have.
5. Try Deadheading
No, this isn’t a strange activity for Grateful Dead fans. It’s the practice of cutting off plants at the head rather than the roots.
For weeds, deadheading can help limit their spread by making the plants use up their supply of root buds. It may not be a permanent solution to weeds, but when done correctly, it can make a substantial difference.
With Weed Control, the Grass Is Always Greener
Now it’s time to put your weed control strategies to the test. Get the right equipment and try it for yourself!
Even with these expert tips, it may take time to completely rid your lawn of weeds, so be patient. When it comes to a happy, healthy lawn, consistency is key.
And if you’re looking for professional lawn care services, contact us today. We’re happy to help!