Weeds are pesky things. They sprout up in the most inconvenient times and places without any warning. Even if you do everything according to the instructions, weeds can pop up anyway. Whether you are a homeowner, lawn care specialist or part of a lawn maintenance crew, weeds are a common occurrence. Even in the winter time in certain areas of the country, weeds should not be ignored.
Weeds come in a variety of forms — both broadleaf and grassy. Of course you have your childhood favorite: the dandelion, which is a broadleaf weed. But crabgrass is another infamous weed (a grassy weed to be exact) that can be a pain to remove. And just like any other plant, these weeds can come back every year or just last one growing season.
Maintaining proper lawn care for you or your client is crucial to a beautiful and weed-free lawn. Simple steps like mowing the with your mower's blades on a higher setting, proper irrigation, and fertilization is important. If you are a landscape company or specialize in lawn care, then these steps are second nature to you; however, these small steps are a great way of preventing unwanted plants.
This depends on the weed. Summer annual broadleaf weeds should be sprayed in the spring as soon as they begin sprouting. See a dandelion? Call to have your lawn treated. The same process should be taken for winter annuals. Fall is a great time to treat the grass and keep it healthy all through the cold months.
There are a variety of pesticides for weeds, and a lot of these chemicals depend on the type. If you are not hiring a lawn maintenance company to take care of this for you, it's important to do your research first. Not all pesticides should be treated the same and some can kill the surrounding grass or filter into the soil, damaging trees and other plants. Read labels carefully before applying them.
Wright specializes in making sure you have the best mowers for your grass, and we are always improving ways to make sure you have the best looking lawn around. However, cutting grass is only one ingredient for a weed-free lawn. Whether you pull the weeds by hand or treat them with a specialist, weeds will always be around. It's never too early (or too late) to get started.