Just one dandelion plant can make up to 15,000 seeds, seeds that can survive up to six years before they sprout. With those kinds of odds against us itís a wonder we even attempt to have weed-free lawn. But professional groundskeepers achieve the dream and, with a little knowledge and a lot of diligence, you can too.
Although herbicides can be a very effective way to fight weeds, itís more effective to discover the underlying weaknesses in your lawn that are encouraging the weeds to grow and overcoming them. The best way to combat weed growth is to grow a thick, healthy lawn that doesnít leave room for weeds to sprout.
First, youíll need to figure out just what youíre up against. Is it undesirable grasses or broadleaf plants? Next, start applying a little TLC to your lawn. Fertilize carefully, using only the suggested amount of fertilizer and only at recommended time intervals. Water the lawn infrequently and deeply so that deep-rooted grass is nourished while the shallow-rooted weeds suffer. Mow the lawn at the highest recommended level for its variety.
If, despite your efforts, weeds still appear there are several methods you can use to get rid of them. If youíre facing just a few young weeds the best thing to do is just pull them out. Make sure you get the entire root. Try pulling when the soil is moist to make pulling the root out easier.
If your weed problem is too big to deal with the old-fashioned way, then itís time to shop for an herbicide. Make sure you choose one thatís labeled as safe for your lawnís variety and apply it as directed. As you use the herbicide to eradicate weeds, reseed sparse areas and keep up your lawn care regimen to encourage a thick, healthy lawn that will prevent more weed growth in the future.