Controlling Summertime Weeds


As the weather warms up across the country, many homeowners look to their outdoor living spaces with loving eyes. While lawn care treatments offer the best chance for a healthier lawn this year, increasing heat and possible drought conditions can put a damper on outdoor enjoyment. Broadleaf weeds can become prevalent due to summer stress, but in order to better understand these weeds and how to help control them, let's first look at where they come from.

Seeds from broadleaf weeds occur in all soils, and may persist in the soil for 30 or more years. These broadleaf weeds can be prolific seed producers, with many plants individually producing thousands of seeds.

With all of these natural factors at play, it can be difficult to control the presence of weeds. Fortunately, there are ways you can help. By following a few simple cultural practices, you can help your lawn battle back by greatly reducing the presence of weed and disease activity in your lawn.

To start, mow tall. This is the best cultural practice you can do for your lawn. By mowing high, your lawn will more effectively choke out new weed growth before it has a chance to take hold in your lawn. It is also important to remember to remove only ⅓ of the grass plant with each mowing. Cutting more than ⅓ can open your lawn to disease and weed activity, not to mention decrease its tolerance to summer stress.

In the same regard, make sure your mower blade is sharp. A dull mower blade will rip and tear grass blades, opening them up to a host of potential stresses, including disease and insect damage.

Proper watering plays an integral role in protecting your lawn. Improper watering can increase the amount of weeds and decrease the health and vitality of the turf. Watering too heavily will encourage the germination of sedges and other pesky weed species. Watering at night will increase the likelihood for disease development.

These cultural practices are very important in maintaining a healthy, safer and greener lawn for your family to enjoy all summer long. For more information on preventing and controlling summertime weeds, please contact your local NaturaLawn of America office.

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