As the days stretch longer and your yard begins to grow in earnest, it’s not just your grass that is starting waking up. Weeds will inevitably sprout and begin spreading. It’s important to nip this problem in the bud before they take over your lawn. Scott’s Lawn Care has some professional advice on how to handle weeds in order to keep your lawn a lush, green carpet this summer.
Don’t Mow Too Low
Mowing your lawn is an excellent way to manage larger weeds and broad-leaf weeds. It’s important to mow the right way for management, though. Mowing your grass too short will negatively affect your lawn’s health, and cause dead spots. Mowing too frequently exposes the soil to the elements and air and makes it easier for weeds to take hold and grow. If you wait too long to mow, your lawn will develop upwards instead of in a thick, full turf.
Know How To Fertilize
To truly achieve a lush, green lawn, a thorough fertilization program is important. This doesn’t mean dose your turf in chemicals, though. Know your lawn and your environment, and make sure that you have the appropriate fertilizer and amounts for your grass. Overfertilization can cause runoff and is wasting materials. Underfertilizing can lead to grass that doesn’t have strong roots, and won’t be as robust. Looking into the Ph of your soil, and getting a soil test, can help you determine what fertilizer is right for your yard.
Know Your Enemy
A large part of weed prevention is knowing exactly what weeds are growing in your lawn. While some broad-spectrum treatments work effectively on weeds, knowing how to specifically target the plants growing in your lawn is a more effective strategy. Understanding how they propagate and spread can help you know where and when to apply weed killers or mowing preventative measures gives you an edge. Specifically, knowing perennial vs. annual varieties are important for how they spread, and if they will come back or not. Look into researching how to prevent both types, so you are prepared for the summer.
Too Much Water Causes Harm
While watering can be a satisfying activity, too much water can harm your lawn. When an excess of water is applied to grass, it can promote disease and rot. Researching the varieties of grass you have and the appropriate amount of water for each can help prevent this. If you are in an especially dry area or there is a drought going on, water infrequently but deeply. Make sure that the water reaches the deepest roots, and then leave the grass to grow.
Scott’s Lawn Care Can Help
At Scott’s Lawn Care, our entire team has trained with the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Associate among other organizations. Our team is professional and has the knowledge to help your lawn stay weed-free all summer long. We have lawn maintenance, pest control, and weed prevention programs for lawns of all sizes and types. Find out more about how Scott’s Lawn Care can help on our website at scottslawncare.net.