Weeds are an unsightly plant for us all. We pull, and pluck, but still no luck! Thankfully, Lowe’s has some insightful tips on how to control and reduce these deeply rooted plants.
First things first -recognizing types of weeds. A weed is any plant that is wildly growing and using resources on or around ground cultivated for a desired crop. Simply, a plant that is growing where it is not wanted. There are three types of weeds:
Grass-like Wild Onion
Weed seeds subsists in all lawns and gardens, and spread for a multitude of reasons. They can circulate by wind, water, animals, soil amendments, poor quality grass seed and lawn and garden equipment.
Promote your coveted plants by planting the desired vegetation in the best environment. Proper location will better control weeds. Still, there are a variety of lawn and garden conditions that will prevent plants from growing, while increasing the potential for weed development. These include: incorrect watering, improper fertilization, soil compaction, insect damage, disease, poor drainage, improper sunlight, and excessive water on a lawn.
It is vital to mow the grass at the proper height. Mowing the lawn too short will lessen the ability for grass to shade the soil from sunlight, therefore increasing the potential for weed germination.
Removing weeds by hand or with garden tools is the safest, and most environmentally friendly way to control weeds. Hera are a few simple tips to “stay out of the weeds”:
- Address a weed as soon as it appears.
- Pull from the base, lifting as much root of the weed as possible.
- For large weeds, such as thistles and dandelions; use a garden fork, spike or slim trowel. Keep the hole as small as possible. Place the end close to the weed’s base and plunge it deep into the ground.
- Loosen the surrounding soil and grab the weed under its crown to pull out the entire root.
For large lawns and gardens, it may not be effective to pull weeds by hand. Using herbicides will provide total control of weeds. Closely follow the herbicide manufacturer’s instructions, including safety, clothing, protective gear, storage and disposal. Always wear gloves. Be sure to use the appropriate amount of herbicide to prevent build up in standing water that will harm the environment.
Build on your knowledge of controlling weeds by implementing a weed control schedule into your annual routine. Determine in the late Spring, during the middle of growing season, which weeds have come back and repeat weed killer application or remove weeds with herbicide or by hand.
With these tips you are sure to be the best landscaper and gardener in Valley Ranch! Till next time…