Nothing is worse than looking forward to having a picnic on your lawn and ending up seeing in a bunch of weeds. Whether it be some string ivy, coarsely-textured clovers, or puffy dandelions, we understand that it is frustrating especially since once they are there, it is pretty hard to get them to disappear. But, do not fear because we have got all the information to help you bring back your gorgeous lawn by ridding it of those terrible weeds and giving your turf a well-deserved boost. All you need to do is keep reading.
What Is The Best Way To Get Rid Of Weeds Permanently?
It is hard to picture but weeds are plants like grass, shrubs, and flower, and just like any plant, they will grow as thick as you will allow them to. With that being said, in order to prevent this from happening, you will need to make your lawn an environment that is difficult for weeds to thrive in.
How can you do this? Well, what encourages weeds to grow is low-mowed grass, water-deprived lawn, and compacted soil. As a result, making sure that the conditions of your lawn are completely opposite to the before-mentioned conditions, is the best way to maintain a healthy lawn and permanently say goodbye to your lawn’s weeds.
What Are Common Types Of Weeds?
It will come in handy if you are able to identify the three most common types of weeds. This is because you will need to identify the type of weed in order to find and provide the correct treatment to your lawn.
Broadleaf has big flat leaves and do not resemble grass or needles. A famous broadleaf weed is a dandelion.
Grassy weeds are known to be very deceiving as they look very similar to that of actual grass. Along with this, they grow in the same manner as grass does. Two common types of grassy weeds are foxtails and crabgrass.
Lastly, there are grass-like weeds which are similar to both grass and grassy weeds. However, the difference between grass-like weeds and grassy weeds is that grass-like weeds can have features that are more like a tube, and are not flat. A well-known example of grass-like weeds are wild onion and wild garlic.
Are There Any Tricks To Killing Weeds In Your Lawn Without Killing Your Grass?
A fast and easy way to get rid of weeds is to use either, pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides. These are made especially for weeds and will not harm your lawn if it is applied properly. Pre-emergent is designed to kill crabgrass whereas, post-emergent is designed to kill dandelions. See our recommendations on the best weed killer products.
However, if the use of chemicals does not sound appealing to you, then we have other natural methods to kill weeds.
Can I Get Rid Of Weeds Naturally?
You definitely can. However, you should be warned that it is far more time-consuming and labor-intensive. Nonetheless, if this sounds like a challenge for you then you are in the right place.
A natural way to kill weeds is by simply spraying vinegar directly on the weeds. It dries out the plants’ leaves which will ultimately kill whatever is above the ground. If you choose to do this method, you should head to a home improvement store to get the vinegar instead of the ordinary supermarket. Why is this? You will need vinegar that is more than the standard 5 percent acetic acid. Home improvement stores supply vinegar with 10 to 20 percent acetic acid.
As a result of spraying the vinegar, you are able to kill 80 to 100 percent of the weeds’ top growth. This is the best method to go with if there are a few weeds spread throughout your lawn. However, we would recommend that with larger spreads, you use a safe and effective herbicide as it will be best.
How Do You Get Rid Of A Lawn Full Of Weeds?
If your weeds are starting to take over your lawn, here are four steps that you can use to stop the spread and decrease the growth of the weeds:
Investigate your lawn
This will help you figure out what kind of weeds you are dealing with. Before buying products, it is recommended to see what is infiltrating your grass as the treatment plans are aimed at a specific weed.
Choose the appropriate treatment
This should be relative to the type of weed it is as well as the stage of development it is in. If you plan on killing the weeds before growing season (this would be around spring) you should go for a pre-emergent. Whereas, if you are planning to kill established weeds, you should opt for a post-emergent.
Kill the weeds
This is done by following the instructions exactly. Directions should be followed for both how much product needs to be applied as well as when to use it. You should double-check the bag for the instructions before you complete this step. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Make sure you establish and keep up with an effective lawn maintenance plan
This will help in keeping your grass weed-free. A plan you can implement is as follows:
- You should seed your lawn and aerate but only if necessary. This must be completed in the fall.
- Give your grass a short mow and use a fertilization treatment on it before winter.
- Make use of pre-emergent and handpick any weeds that linger but only if necessary. Do this in spring.
- Finally, you should practice mowing your turf regularly in spring and summer but still making sure not to remove more than a third of the grass at a time.
When working with any sort of chemicals, it is important to always read the warning and directions on whatever you are using. Also, to have a safe environment with the proper equipment to better ensure your safety. Therefore, the following tools are highly recommended when working with lawn chemicals:
- Cloth gloves.
- Dial sprayer.
- Fertilizer spreader.
- Rubber gloves.
- Safety glasses.
- Tank sprayer.
- Small pressure sprayer.
This should be a good overview to get you started on your weed killer journey. If you have any questions or would like to talk to some experts, I invite you to join our Lawn Liberty Facebook group here or feel free to comment below to start the discussion.