Get Rid Of Lawn Weeds
There’s a fine line between spotting just a couple of weeds in your gardening and being overwhelmed by them. Once you let weeds get out of control, it can take some time to rid your lawn of them. We’re not totally against letting a few weeds thrive on your lawn, after all, they’re a great habitat for slugs, but it’s important to keep them under control to make your life easier and keep your garden looking presentable. Before we get started, you need to know that ridding your lawn of weeds for good isn’t easy. Nature will be persistent when it comes to finding ways to grow weeds almost anywhere and everything, from your lawn to patios.
There are two types of weeds; perennials or annuals. Perennials like dandelions, will have a life cycle of a year or more and are typically more difficult to kill because of their larger root structures. No matter how many times you cut off the head, it will likely grow back again and again. Annuals such as chickweed only live for one year before spreading their seed the following, these are usually easier to get rid of, but will still often grow back unless you manage to kill them before they sow their seed.
Prevention Is The Best Cure
As we mentioned, getting rid of weeds can be a difficult process so ideally, you should take steps to prevent them before they overrun your garden. Granted, it might be a little time consuming initially, but providing you do a good job, it can save you a lot of time, money and stress further down the line. The appropriate method of prevention can vary depending on the area you’re treating.
With lawns, weed seeds can “sleep” in your soil, lying dormant for many years before becoming a problem, so treating your lawn is an effective method of preventing them from springing up when they’re presented with the perfect conditions.
Let Sleeping Weeds Lie
While we’re on the topic of ‘sleeping weeds’ it’s worth mentioning that you should ideally let them lie. Generally, only the top inch or two of soil will get enough light to trigger any germination. So, digging your garden can often bring hidden seeds to the surface, in order to avoid unnecessarily disturbing sleeping weeds, avoid turning your soil unless you really need to.
If you’re not already using mulch in your garden, you could probably benefit from it, especially if you’re looking for a low maintenance solution. Weeds need light in order to grow, so mulch can provide the perfect barrier to deprive them of light. To get the most out of your mulch, you should try to keep it around 2 inches deep, this is optimal to avoid depriving your soil of much-needed oxygen. Over time, be sure to replenish the mulch to ensure that those pesky little weeds can’t fight their way through and spoil your garden.
Chop Off Their Heads
When you’re unable to remove weeds fully, the next best thing is to chop off their heads. As we mentioned, annual weeds are easier to rid, so chopping off the heads might just keep them at bay. Even though the heads of perennial weeds will more than likely grow back continuously, cutting back their tops will reduce chances of them reseeding, forcing them to use up any food reserves and limit their spread across your soil. Rather than just pulling the heads off, you can try pruning loppers, pruning shears or a string trimmer.
Avoid Watering Any Weeds
Of course, this might not be totally feasible if you have weeds growing all over your lawn or in your flower beds, but where you can, you should deprive any weeds of water. In most climates, leaving weeds thirsty can reduce their germination by 50-70%. Rather than taking a hose to your plants to keep them healthy, you’ll often0 find that placing drip hoses or smart sprinkler systems where you need them will be sufficient, making it easier for you to avoid watering unwanted weeds as you tend to your plants or lawn.
Use A Lawn Weed Killer
If prevention hasn’t gone quite to plan and you’ve found yourself with a weed problem, you might have to turn to a weed killer in order to get rid of them. There are plenty of ready to use sprays on offer, such as the resolva 24H or the roundup speed ultra-weed killer.
Use A Lawn Feed, Weed And Moss Killer
If you have a large area of weeds on your lawns, it will be best treated with a lawn feed, weed and moss killer. Not only will it rid your lawn of any weeds, but also give it a boost so it looks great. They’re super straight easy to use, you just need to apply the granules, using a spreader and leave them to work their magic for a week or two. Once the weeds are dead, you will need to remove them, usually using a garden rake is the best way to do so.
Try Baking Soda
If your garden is overrun with weeds and you don’t have too much time or patience to deal with them, you can remove them safely from paved patios or driveways with baking soda. That’s correct, baking soda is a safe and easy way to create a less hospitable place for weeds thanks to the added sodium.
Hopefully, we’ve covered all the bases when it comes to preventing and managing weeds on your lawn, offering both natural and product-based solutions that will make your life easier. To summarise, prevention is best to ensure that weeds to become a major problem in your garden, but if the weeds you’re facing are a little out of control, not all is lost. There are a number of methods and products you can use to control your weed problem and enjoy a beautiful green lawn once again, it just takes a little time and the right tools.