Weeds are an annoying part of owning a lawn. Anyone familiar with fighting weeds knows that they seem to pop up faster than you can pull them. However, with proper weed management and knowing how weeds work, you can achieve your lawn care goals by controlling and even prevent them from ruining the look of your lawn.
Weeds: Where Do They Come From?
Weeds don’t just appear out of thin air, although it may seem that way. Spring weeds come from seeds that have bedded down into your soil from the previous year. These seeds lie in wait for optimal temperatures and then germinate. Weeds grow faster than your grass and can quickly overcrowd thin areas before your grass has time to green up. So your goal should be to eliminate these spring weeds before they have a chance to take root in your yard.
Apply Pre-Emergent Weed Control Early
If your goal is to prevent spring weeds, then pre-emergent weed control should be in your arsenal of tools. Pre-emergents are a liquid spray or a granular formula that prevents weed seeds from germinating. It’s important to apply pre-emergent weed control early because it is useless against mature weeds. Eliminating weeds early will give your lawn a chance to thicken up without competition.
Target Summertime Weeds
After you have eliminated the spring weeds your yard should be in good shape for summer. But you aren’t out of the woods, or weeds, yet. Seeds can still make their way into your yard and grow during the summer. These weeds need to be targeted with a post-emergent weed control. Stopping these weeds early will prevent them from going to seed in the fall and causing you a headache in the spring. There are many different types of post-emergent weed control products that are used to target specific weeds, which is why proper weed identification is important.
Common Weeds Of Texas Lawns
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While you continue to target stray weeds, it’s time to boost the defense of your lawn. A thick and healthy lawn can go a long way to prevent weeds from taking root. Weed seeds need adequate sunlight to germinate. Thick lawns can block the sunlight and prevent them from sprouting. By following proper irrigation techniques, you can achieve a lawn that is resilient against weeds. Water deeply 2-3 times per week. Water early in the morning to allow enough time for your grass to dry up. Try the screwdriver test to check if you are watering accurately. If you can’t push a screwdriver into your lawn, you’re not watering enough. Be sure to follow guidelines for water restrictions in your area.
To coax your grass into thickening up, you need to mow a little higher than you usually would. About 2 ½ inches is recommended for achieving a thick and lush lawn. Thick grass prevents weeds from germinating by denying them room to grow and blocking out essential sunlight.
Hire the Lawn Care Experts at Ashton Walden
Year-round weed control is tough on anyone. The best defense is a lawn care program that prevents weeds while also feeding your grass the nutrients it needs to grow thick and healthy so it can stand up to annoying weeds.
At Ashton Walden, we have been dealing with Texas weeds since 1997. Our lawn fertilization program has everything you need to keep your lawn looking pristine and lush all year long.