Pre-Season Lawn Tips: Effective Weed Control

No matter how well maintained the lawn or how high the quality of the lawn seed, weeds are going to grow from time to time. They are impossible to completely keep out, and their seeds get mixed up with even the most discerning lawn seed supply available. Weed seeds blow in, get dropped by birds, get carried by insects, and even travel on people’s clothes and pets’ fur. With so many ways to arrive in a garden, it’s amazing there aren’t more weeds growing and sprouting than there actually are. One can try to get rid of weeds with the best equipment, but they still come back.

The first inclination a homeowner might have is to go out and get the most effective-looking bottle of herbicide and weed killer available. However, that may not be the best route of attack. First off, there are a number of ways weeds can be controlled naturally, and the less poisons one puts down in the garden, the better off everything is to begin with. For example, just mowing a lawn at the right height will block out many weeds with a tight, healthy carpet of grass that blocks sunlight from reaching weed seeds in the soil. Also, knowing how much to water and maintaining good irrigation removes over-saturated zones, which weeds love to propagate in.

When it comes to herbicides, using the strongest option tends to be a bad idea for the overall look of your lawn. Not only does it kill the weeds, but it also kills everything around it for a diameter of at least a foot. Selective, systemic herbicide approaches tend to be better, leaving your lawn healthy but killing off specific weed plant types. But this is not the type of approach that should be used with young grass. The new shoots tend to be far weaker and can die off as well, even with a systemic intended for non-grass plants. Non-selective herbicides should be used as a last resort. These choices practically nuke the ground with poison, killing everything. While many will market that their product disappears after a day, it can actually be very difficult to get anything to grow in a targeted spot for a few weeks.

Finally, application of any chemicals on windy days should be avoided. Chemicals travel, and if airborne, they can cause significant damage to an entire garden by being blown downwind from a spray site.

To keep your lawn and garden looking its best this year, start with the best equipment for your landscape. Talk to us at Ralph Helm Lawn Equipment Center today to find the best solution for your needs and budget.

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