A weed is any plant that is growing where it's not wanted. This could be a dandelion in your yard or a bunch grass in your flower garden. For weed control, we usually figure any plant that isn't the same grass as the lawn is a weed. An important part of weed control is distinguishing between annual weeds (live and die in one season) and perennial weeds (live for several years). Also, identification of if it is a broadleaf or a grassy weed is important in finding a solution to creating a great lawn.
Every lawn contains numerous seeds of different weeds. Seeds blow in, are carried on the soles of shoes, the feet of pets, and are dropped by birds. Other seeds have been in the soil for years before you owned your home. For effective lawn weed control, it's important to have both a defense and offense planned. Combining good cultural and weed prevention practices with properly timed treatments creates an effective weed control plan.
The best method of weed prevention is always a properly mowed and healthy stand of grass. Mowed high, your turf shades the soil, keeping sun and heat from reaching the weed seeds. Thick turf also helps with weed control by denying weeds the water and sunshine they need to gain a foothold.
Most broadleaf weed controls are systemic. This means they have to be absorbed into the weed and moved through the leaves and into the roots. Depending on the type of weed and how actively it's growing, this can happen in a few hours or may take several days. Once fully absorbed, weed control systems cause the cells of the weed to grow so fast they burst. That's why weeds curl into strange shapes after a lawn treatment. Because new weeds blow in and sprout, regular lawn weed control treatments are required.
At J&G Lawn, our focus is on weed prevention and control – not permanent eradication. There is no herbicide that eliminates weeds from a lawn immediately or forever. Having a good lawn care plan and following it makes it hard for weeds to compete with a lush, grassy lawn. We enjoy healthy lawns. A healthy lawn is easier to control weeds and creates an enjoyable outdoor space.
For a weed prevention and control program, give us a call and we will help you bring your lawn back to health.
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