Weeds can be one of the biggest signs that your soil may be out of balance. Did you know that some weed seeds can lay dormant in the soil for years and won’t germinate until conditions are just right for them. Usually those conditions require getting enough sunlight.
As soils deteriorate, become compacted, and lose their organic structure, turfgrasses begin to thin out. When the grass thins out, more sunlight is able to reach the soil, and those dormant weed seeds begin to germinate.
Our lawn care program combines several methods for controlling weeds in the lawn. During the warm growing season, we will immediately spot treat for any broadleafed weeds such as dandelions that may be present. And, throughout the season, if any airborne weed seeds take root, we’ll spot treat for those as well.
Annual grassy weeds like crabgrass are best treated early in the year before the soil warms up and a new batch of these annual weeds germinate. Our pre-emergent weed treatment will put down a protective layer that prevents most of these weeds from germinating.
Improved cultural practices make a difference
As your Brookside Lawn Service program continues throughout the growing season, you’ll start to notice improvement in your lawn’s color and some density improvement. As weed infestations diminish, your lawn will naturally begin to fill in many of those thinning or bare areas. It normally takes about a full growing season to realize the full benefits of our lawn program.
Improving your lawn mowing practices will also help reduce weed infestations. Letting your turfgrass grow to 3″ or a little more helps shade the soil, which reduces weed seed germination rates. Also, if you limit your lawn mowing so that no more than 1/3 of a grass blade is removed at any one mowing, will greatly reduce the stress put on the plant with each mowing. Turfgrass stress is a big factor that increases lawn diseases from gaining a foothold.
Grass-cycling is also a way of improving your lawn’s health. Grass-cycling involves leaving the lawn clippings after mowing so that they decay naturally over a period of days. Grass clippings are made up mostly of moisture, and as these clippings decay, they put back some of that moisture, and, add important organic matter back to the soil.
Besides improved mowing practices, making certain that your lawn gets a full 1″ of water each week during the growing season, will also reduce the stress of the plant and insure that your turfgrass continues growing throughout the hot summer months.
If you have had weed problems in the past, call our office, we can help. Our combined fertilization and weed-control programs will go a long way at making your lawn one that your neighbors will take time to admire.
Broadleafed weeds like dandelions have a deep root system that makes it extremely difficult to control by just trying to pull them out of the ground. Our specially formulated broadleaf weed control will kill that weed all the way.