It’s frustrating when you spend countless hours fertilizing, mowing, watering and manicuring your lawn, only to discover that it’s been taken over with weeds.
Here in Texas, homeowners must deal with several different species of lawn weeds, including dandelions, crabgrass, chickweed, broadleaf plantain, bluegrass and ground ivy.
With a little bit of work, however, you can maintain a weed-free lawn.
#1) Fertilize Regularly
Weeds are more likely to emerge when the surrounding grass is stressed. Therefore, you can reduce the risk of weeds in your lawn by fertilizing the grass on a regular basis.
A good rule of thumb is to use a high-NPK fertilizer once every two months during the growing season. The added nutrients will strengthen your lawn, protecting against stress and subsequent weeds.
#2) Raise the Mower Blade
How tall if your lawn? Some homeowners mow their lawn with the lowest blade setting to reduce the frequency of which their lawn needs mowing. However, short lawns are more susceptible to weeds, which is why it’s a good idea to raise your mower blade.
Instead of the typical 2-inch height, for instance, try mowing your lawn at 2.5 to 3 inches. The higher grass will block out the sunlight, reducing the risk of weeds.
#3) Mulch It
You can prevent weeds from growing in flowerbeds by applying mulch. A thick layer of mulch restricts the amount of sunlight that hits the surface of the soil. And without sunlight – or enough sunlight – weeds won’t be able to grow.
Of course, you can’t necessarily mulch your entire lawn. Nonetheless, this is an effective solution for keeping weeds out of your flowerbeds.
#4) Don’t Feed the Weeds
I know this probably sounds like common sense, but it’s still worth mentioning that you should avoid watering or fertilizing weeds. You may not do it intentionally.
If you’re fertilizing and watering your entire lawn, for example, you may inadvertently get some of the weeds. To discourage weeds from growing in your lawn, avoid fertilizing or watering them.
#5) Remove Them ASAP
Perhaps the most effective solution for keeping your lawn weed-free is to remove them or eliminate them as soon as you see them. The longer they are allowed to grow, the greater the chance of them reproducing and spreading.
If you pull them up or kill them when an herbicide spray early, you’ll discourage them from growing in your lawn.
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