Weed Control Mistakes to Avoid

Springtime means lawn care is back in full swing. It also means weed control makes its way back onto your radar and into your yard. While some people dedicate hours to ridding their lawns of weeds, many repeatedly fall to common weed prevention mistakes that keeps them from achieving a lush green lawn.
 
Keep weeds from invading and ruining the health of your lawn by avoiding weed control mistakes.

Overwatering

You can easily underwater plants, but most people don't think about how common overwatering is. Your lawn needs a specific amount of water to be healthy - about 1.5" to 2" per week. When beginning your yearly weed cleanse, be aware that you can cause much damage with more water. Weeds thrive when your lawn is drowning; meanwhile your plants have a difficult time deepening their root systems.

Mowing Frequency

Mowing is another common problem that leads to poor lawn care. While it is necessary to mow, you should be careful not to uproot the nutrients your grass needs. Mowing your lawn too short in attempt to get rid of weeds can lead to weeds growing more rapidly, and thicker. If you make a habit of hacking away at your lawn, it could potentially create healthier and abundant weeds and a weak and anemic-looking lawn. It's recommended to cut about 1/3 of the leaf blade each time you mow, which typically means mowing about once a week.

Incorrect Use of Fertilizer

There is a science behind fertilizing. Don't think that it is something you should repeatedly do throughout the warmer months. Overfertilizing your lawn can easily lead to suffocating your plants, while giving weeds an extra boost to take over. You also need to be cautious with how you apply the fertilizer. Be sure to evenly distribute the fertilizer throughout your lawn. Inconsistent application throughout your lawn can lead to weeds popping up everywhere, creating even more damage.

 

The Dirt from Troy-Bilt®
March 2017