The best natural defense against weeds is maintaining a thick and healthy lawn that is capable of out-competing weeds and tolerating minor insect feeding. These 7 tips will help you on your way to a robust, healthy lawn.
Sort Out Your Soil
Ensure proper soil fertility, aeration, and soil pH. Without good soil your lawn will not compete well with weeds. Nutri-Lawn programs are designed to encourage healthy soil for your landscape.
Water Your Lawn Properly
This is also critical if you hope to maintain a thick, beautiful lawn. Over watering or under watering of a lawn can lead to weed infestation.
Mow At The Right Height
Unless you have a bentgrass lawn, your mowing height should be up at 2.5” to 3.5”. Mowing too short can encourage weed infestations.
Mow Once A Week
Rule of thumb is not to remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade. Scalping a lawn by cutting too short or waiting too long between cuts and then cutting short can set back a lawn for weeks.
Aerate and Seed
Annual aeration with an overseeding or slitseeding will introduce new vigorous cultivars of turfgrass and help keep the lawn thick so weeds are crowded out.
Apply Organic Plus Topdressing to add nutrients, and organic matter to your soil, without the fear of weed seed. Other topdressings can be full of nasty weed seeds.
Consider Hand Pulling Weeds
Two people and a couple good weed pullers can go a long way. After hand-pulling, it is strongly recommended to overseed the bare soil areas left from pulling the weeds and apply a starter fertilizer. This will help stop weed seeds from getting established in these spots. Hand picking weeds to establish weed control will only address the present weed problem, but does not address the source of the problem. Simply hand weeding does not prevent or discourage new weeds from getting established. Hand-pulling should be considered as simply one part of the whole approach, which includes regular feedings, core aeration and annual overseeding.