Lawn and Garden Weed Control
A lawn and garden free of weeds is certainly every gardener's dream, but rarely the reality. However, with some preventive actions and maintenance, lawn and garden weeds can be controlled and managed.
Weed Management for Lawns
Managing weeds is important because they compete with grass for soil nutrients. To keep your lawn in good health, fertilize when necessary, water in times of drought, and follow a regular mowing schedule. Here are some things to consider to keep lawn weeds under control:
- Choose a high-quality seed for any replanting needed throughout the year. Grass seeds with the words quick, mixture or combination in the name are lower quality and will not produce the desired lawn. These types are often littered with seedlings of various weeds that will grow along with the grass. A quality seed will help reduce the number of weeds.
- Mow your lawn regularly. Choose a mower setting that is in the highest range for your lawn type. This higher grass setting will allow for grass to outgrow the weeds. Make sure to bag all clippings when weeds are present to prevent the spread of seedlings and weed matter.
- Aerate the lawn every two years. This will loosen especially hard, compacted soil - which leads to crab grass and chickweed.
When all else fails, let the lawn weeds be your guide. If weeds dominate an area, it's likely that there is something wrong with either the growing conditions or your lawn practices. For example, dense stands of prostrate knotweed are a good sign of soil compaction. Don't just pull out your lawn weeds - relieve the compaction and solve the root of the problem.
Weed Management for Gardens
In the gardening world, weeding is a necessity. Even the most beautiful garden can be ruined by an overabundance of weeds. Keep these tips in mind to help maintain a weed-free garden:
- Hand pulling garden weeds, while sometimes tedious, is very quick and effective. Pull garden weeds when they're young and make sure the whole root of the weed is removed along with the stem of leaves. Pulling garden weeds is easiest when the ground is soft and wet. Using a weeding tool or trowel can make the job easier. Try the TBPN Weeding and Planting Knife, which is ideal for pulling up tough, deep-rooted garden weeds, as well as plant seedlings.
- Add a 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch over weeds and areas where weeds may grow. The mulch will smother the garden weeds and prevent new weeds from growing. There are many different types of mulch, so do some research and choose the mulch that will work best with your soil composition and plant varieties.
- Cultivation with a hoe is a great way to agitate the ground surface and prevent garden weeds. Use a small hand rake or cultivator for weeds around other plants. Troy-Bilt's TBCV Hand Cultivator is great for weeding in the garden, and helps loosen and aerate the soil.
Weed control should become a regular part of your lawn and garden maintenance. Planning ahead will help you stay in control of weeds, and make your lawn and garden the envy of the neighborhood.