As spring approaches, your lawn may be the first thing to greet the outdoors. Adverse weather conditions such as soil saturation and frost can leave your lawn vulnerable to weeds this time of year, so be sure to seed or overseed as soon as it is safe for the turf. There are a wide variety of different types of weeds that can take hold of your lawn, including clover, dandelion, plantain, and chickweed. These weeds make themselves known almost overnight or with light rains or increased sunlight exposure which brings them out of dormancy. Keep your lawn looking its best with a little pre-emptive weed control.
Concentrate on going over the entire lawn, including under tree canopies and near fences or other structures. Weeds that appear in springtime are often found in these areas where they receive a bit more shade and protection from mowing, giving them the advantage. Though some weeds may be pulled out by hand, your best bet for more stubborn weeds is to use herbicides.
Best Ways for Spring Weed Control
There are a few different ways that you can go about controlling weeds in your lawn.
1. Using Herbicide
One way is to use herbicides. This is a chemical that will kill the weeds in your lawn. It is important that you only apply this to a small area of your yard so it doesn’t affect any other plants and flowers around or on top of the ground.
You should also not just spray directly at the weed but make sure that it gets wet completely when watering your grass.
The first type of herbicide is called a pre-emergent. This will kill any weed before it has a chance to grow. It is important that you apply this evenly across your lawn and that you wait the correct amount of time before watering it in so that it can be effective.
The second type of herbicide is called a post-emergent. This will kill any weed that has already grown on your lawn. It is important to read the instructions on the bottle carefully before using it because you don’t want to harm any other plants or flowers around your yard.
2. Using Weed Barrier
Another way to control weeds is to use a weed barrier. This is a sheet of material that you place over the ground in your yard.
It will stop any weeds from growing up through it. You can either buy this or make your own out of some old newspapers or cardboard boxes.
The only downside to using a weed barrier is that if you ever have to pull any weeds, you will have to do it from below the barrier.
3. Pulling them Out
The last way to control weeds is by pulling them out by hand. This is the most time-consuming way to do it, but it is also the cheapest. You can either pull them out one at a time or use a tool called a weed wrench to make the job easier.
Here are some tips to avoid weeds in the summer season:
- When you are fertilizing your grass, it is important that you only apply the fertilizer in small amounts.
- You don’t want to over-fertilize because this will make weeds grow faster and easier than usual.
- Limit any watering at night as well so there is less moisture for them to feed off of during the daytime hours.
- Finally, be sure to keep an eye on your yard and remove any new weeds that may pop up.
- Use a weed wrench to make the job easier.
4. Re-seeding your lawn:
A fourth way to control weeds is by not letting them take hold in the first place. This can be done by re-seeding your lawn with more turfgrass. If you want that beautiful lush green of your yard back you should do this at least once a year. It will help keep out any of the weeds that try to come up and start growing.
Sometimes this can be done in the fall when the weather is still warm enough for outside work, but if not then it can be done in the springtime.
Spot Treatment vs Broadcast Treatment
When you are choosing a weed killer, you will also need to decide if you want to do a spot treatment or a broadcast treatment.
Spot treatment is when you only treat the weeds that are in a specific area. This is usually good for smaller areas of your lawn.
A broadcast treatment is when you treat the whole lawn evenly. This usually works well for big yards or if there are a lot of weeds and not many other plants in your yard. You can also use pre-emergent herbicides to kill any new weed seeds that may be growing below the ground before they have a chance to grow up through the soil.
By following all these instructions, you can now have a beautiful lawn that you can enjoy for many years to come. The most important part is to be patient and take your time – Rome was not built in a day, and neither is a perfect lawn.
James, the D.I.Y Expert, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Colorado State University. Love writing blog posts and guides to help others learn how to garden!