Lawn care goes beyond maintaining the lawn for the sake of the upkeep of your house. The lawn can prove to be a relaxing environment for family and friends, gatherings and parties – provided it is maintained and completely free of weeds. Insects may devour grass blades and roots but weeds directly compete with grass stealing away vital nutrients.
The Basics of Weed Control
Many things go into weed control such as pH balance, correct mowing techniques and even nutrients that you feed the soil. With a scheduled regular mowing and correct weed knowledge you can keep the occurrence of these pests down to a minimum. First and foremost is mowing to a proper height which depends solely on the grass type you have in the yard. For more information on this please refer to the article on Grass Types.
Another method for weed control is to control the topsoil so as to improve the texture and thus give the roots space to breathe in air and soak in nutrients. As a general rule you should always replenish the nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus content in the soil on a yearly basis.
Regardless of the type of weed, their eradication is rather similar. Ensure your lawn is watered twice a week with no more than 1 inch of water. This is paramount since too much or too little water increases the chances of weed infestation.
When weeding by hand, ensure to remove the root entirely or as much as is possible. Herbicides are also an efficient way to eradicating weed. Just keep in mind that the herbicide you must use depends on the grass variant you have and the weed infestation.
Don’t Forget Pests
Another key factor to weed growth is the presence of pests. Insects diminish the appearance and health of your lawn, which in turn frees up nutrients and soil for weed growth. Some of the pests tunnel deep into the soil and dry roots others munch on grass directly. It all depends on your local condition and indigenous pests. Ask your local gardening supply stores on which pesticides work best for your locale and remember to develop an effective lawn maintenance plan to keep weed and pests at bay.