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How to Compete With Weeds

September 26th 2020

Weeds are what every lawn owner and gardener battle with regularly. These unwelcome plants deprive us of the time we would have invested in worthwhile ventures. There’s a need to mow, water, and fertilize accordingly to achieve a healthy lawn with minimal weed. This helps the grass to compete favorably with any existing weed in addition to resisting further weed growth.

Do you notice unnecessary grasses in your lawn? Following this guide will help you compete and win against weed infestation in your yard.

How to Stay Ahead of Weeds?

The best way to stay ahead of weeds is to stop them when they're still seeds. Containing the seeds from sprouting will ensure they never grow, and there won't be any need to remove them.

Start a weed treatment plan by removing existing weeds from their root. Then add at least two inches of mulch since they possess weed-preventing properties. Mulch prevents weeds from accessing sunlight, thereby undermining weed growth. Proceed to apply a weed preventer when the grass is dry, and then water within two days to ensure the weed preventer is absorbed in the soil. Periodically check throughout that season to pull out any random rogue weed that may crop up. Consider reapplying the weed preventer mid-season to stop seeds from growing since most weeds seeds appear late in the fall or summer, and add fresh mulch as required.

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How Does a Great Lawn Compete With Weeds?

When the grasses are very thick, it becomes more difficult for weeds to grow and thrive. Grasses need adequate nutrients to grow and remain healthy, increasing their ability to compete and resist weeds. Without enough nutrients, turfs thin out, leading to weed infestation and domination. When weeds take over, they overshadow the grass and limit their access to soil nutrients, light, and water.

How Do You Reduce Weeds in a Lawn?

To reduce the invasion of weeds on your lawn, consider following these tips meticulously.

  1. Water weekly and more regularly during dry, hot seasons. Ensure to maintain a minimum of one inch while watering.
  2. Mow at least weekly to maintain a healthy lawn and limit the growth of weed seeds. Set the mower height to a minimum of 2.5 inches and a maximum of 3 inches.
  3. Consider core aerating your lawn to treat soil compaction.
  4. Overseeding at least once per season prevents bare spots. Having a thin turf is the right encouragement for weeds to encroach on the lawn.
  5. Applying lime during spring and fall seasons improves the performance of fertilizers, which reduces weed growth.

Conclusion

Taking extra measures to prevent weed infestation in your lawn is essential for your grass's health. Having and maintaining a healthy lawn is the best way to defend your yard against weeds. The vitality of the turfs helps it out-compete the weeds while tolerating minor insect feeding. To get professional advice on weed control methods, contact our experts at Eden services.