Controlling Weeds in Your Lawn – What Are Your Options?

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A bright and healthy lawn is the dream for most homeowners. However, pesky weeds can quickly overrun a beautiful lawn and make it unsightly. If you’ve been struggling with weeds, here are methods of tackling the issue.

Identify Your Weeds

Before you start taming your lawn full of weeds, you need to figure out what kind you have. Lawn weeds generally belong to one of three categories: broadleaf, grassy, and grass-like weeds.

  1. Broadleaf: Broadleaf weeds have broad and flat leaves. (Ex. dandelions and clovers)
  2. Grassy: These weeds resemble grass in the way they look and grow. They spread in your lawn through roots and seeds. Grassy weeds disappear during the winter, only to remerge in the spring. (Ex. crabgrass, quackgrass)
  3. Grass-like: Although these weeds look similar to grass, they have either triangular, tube-like, or hollow leaves. (Ex. Wild onion, wild garlic)

Hand Pulling Method

One of the most common methods to control weeds in a lawn is to follow the hand-pulling method. Weeds should be pulled out when they are young while the ground is still soft. This method works best when your lawn only has a few weeds here and there. 

Grassy weeds like crabgrass have shallow roots and are easily kept under control with hand-pulling. However, if your lawn is prone to broadleaf weeds such as dandelions, their deep roots make it harder to keep them at bay. If a small piece of root is left in the ground, these weeds will grow back.

Use Preventative Measures

One of the best ways to controlling weeds in your lawn is to make use of preventative measures. You can try to implement the following tactics in your lawn care routine:

  1. Mow Higher: Weed seeds need sunlight to sprout. When mowing your lawn, raise your mower height to one of the highest settings. Grass that grows tall and thick will shade weed seeds, making it harder for them to grow in. 
  2. Water Deeply: Deeply watering your lawn helps your grass to develop thick, strong roots deep into the ground. This makes it harder for weeds to grow at shallow depths.
  3. Maintain Proper Lawn Care: Regular lawn maintenance lessens the chances of your lawn being overtaken by weeds. Aim to feed your lawn with fertilizer every 6 to 8 weeks, which will help it grow strong and full. Without any thin or bare spots to grow into, weeds won’t survive long in your lawn. 

Contact Moyer Lawncare for Weed Control

If you’ve tried handling your weeds on your own to no avail, perhaps it’s time that you call in some professional help. Here at Moyer Lawncare, we have over 24 years of experience dealing with even the most stubborn of weeds. 

Our specialized equipment and herbicide applications are sure to get the job done quickly and efficiently. With our expertise, your lawn will weed-free before you know it. If you want to know more about our weed control services, don’t hesitate to give us a call or fill out our online contact form. With the help of Moyer Lawncare, you can have the best-looking lawn on the block.

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