Taking Care of Weeds Before They Take Over Your Lawn
It always seems that no matter how nice you get your yard looking, there’s that lone dandelion or patch of clover sprouting right up in the middle of your lawn. Not this year!
Twice a year, in the spring and the fall, take the precautions to deal with weeds before they can get growing. Using pre-emergent herbicides is a practical way to try and avoid weeds from making their way into your yard. Using a granular form of pre-emergent herbicides is the easiest way to spread the herbicides throughout your yard, avoiding any spray drift that may occur when using a spray herbicide.
Applying the herbicide in two directions and at right angles to each other ensures a more uniform spread, preventing empty spots or overlap. Be sure you are using the right type of products for your grass. Different types of grass and different regions require different products and different timing. You can check out our turf maintenance guides for expert advice – Bermudagrass Lawn Calendar or Zoysiagrass Lawn Calendar.
Post-emergent herbicides should complement your pre-emergent herbicides to keep weeds to a minimum. Not every weed killer is targeting the same thing, so be sure to buy the one that targets the weed problems in your lawn, and that is best suited for your type of grass.
Remember, less is more when it comes to controlling weeds. If you only have a couple of small patches of weeds and are spread out throughout your yard, you don’t want to spray your entire yard and harm your grass. If you’re looking for specific weed control methods, check out our Weed Control in Home Lawns download.
Ultimately, the best way to controls weeds is to take care of your lawn. A consistent maintenance schedule will keep your grass healthy, fed, and growing. Keeping your yard manicured at the height of 1” – 1 ½” encourages the grass to grow “out” instead of “up,” and in turn will increase density. When grass grows full and dense, it helps to shade the soil and prevents new weed seeds from getting sunlight and sprouting.