Weeds are opportunistic plants that can grow in many places like from sidewalks, lawns, along expressways, and below the gutters.
So what conditions favor the growth of weeds? And how can you keep them at bay? Well, read on to learn more.
Where Do Weeds Grow?
Weeds require favorable temperatures and sufficient moisture levels to thrive.
Examples of prime spots with ideal conditions include:
- Areas with compacted soil
- Any bare surface
- Wet portions of lawns
- Sunny locations
- Shady spots
- Areas that experience frequent foot traffic
- Areas where lawns and concrete surfaces meet
How To Prevent Weeds From Growing on Lawns
Let’s face it. Most weeds thrive throughout the year, making it almost impossible to get rid of them. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of lawn care tips to help keep stubborn weeds at bay.
Increase the Mowing Height
Although most homeowners prefer a lower clipped lawn, the strategy can wear out the turf structure and expose the soil to weeds.
As such, you need to raise your mowing height at all times. Ideally, it would be best to keep the grass blades 3-4 inches above the soil’s surface when mowing.
A higher mowing height creates a canopy over the ground, prevents the sun’s rays from heating any weed seeds, and inhibits germination.
A regular application of fertilizer is an absolute defense against weeds on lawns. It encourages the growth of a thick turf structure that populates the soil, making it hard for weeds to grow.
Water the Lawn Properly
Watering your lawn creates a stronger root system for the grass, yielding a thick growth that inhibits weeds.
When watering, it is advisable to use an underground irrigation system running for about an hour per week on each portion of the lawn. On the other hand, if you opt for an overhead sprinkler, 4 hours of sprinkling would be ideal for each zone every week.
However, when watering the lawn, take care not to apply too much water as loose, saturated soil may weaken the roots and form a breeding ground for weeds.
Weeds are highly opportunistic and can grow on lawns if uncontrolled. Therefore, proper lawn care is the surest way to prevent weed growth. You can give your lawn a healthy boost and prevent weeds by mowing your lawn to a reasonable height, applying fertilizer, watering correctly, and regulating pH levels.
If you require additional assistance with your lawn care this spring, get in touch with us.