Spring arrives and so do those pesky weeds. Appearing in flower beds, lawns, and even along walkways or driveways, weeds frustrate even the most tireless gardener. They can be difficult to get rid of because people often follow misconceptions regarding how to eradicate pesky weeds. Experts in weed management and lawn care treatments offer advice regarding three common mistaken beliefs about weed control.
1.Fertilizing Your Yard Feeds Weeds
Don’t fear that spreading fertilizer will feed the weeds and offer support to the tiny wind-blown seeds scattered around your yard. The opposite is actually true because a healthy lawn can be an ally in the battle by smothering the weed sprouts before they take root. As the lawn becomes lusher and fuller, the weeds will have less space to pop up.
2. Pulling Weeds Keeps Them Away
Grabbing a weed and yanking it out is therapeutic, but may not work as weed management unless the ground is quite moist and the whole plant root is removed. After removing the root, experts suggest making sure it doesn’t have the ability to re-root by placing the plant in a disposal container. This can also prevent any seeds from dispersing as the plant dries out under the hot sun. It may be easier to pile the weeds up and gather them after clearing an area, but the seeds often fall unnoticed into the freshly turned ground, and the cycle begins again.
3. Waiting To Pull Mature Weeds Is Better
There is a two-year cycle of viable weed seeds in almost any soil. Although most germinate the first year, there are usually a few remaining deep in the soil to sprout the second year. Pulling the plants before they are able to produce seeds can minimize the number of seeds able to sprout for the next two years and save many hours of back-breaking weed pulling.
A beautiful, weed-free yard takes time, energy, and knowledge. Call a weed management and lawn care specialist to help. Your back will thank you.