weed-controlYour battle with your lawn this summer was likely against those stubborn weeds that just keep popping up. Here are a few simple tips to help with your weed control this fall.

 

Chemical Warfare

Perhaps the most obvious choice of the bunch. Just break out the herbicide, apply it, and watch the magic happen. Before anything, though, just make sure you know what you’re doing. Not all herbicides are made equal. There are, in general, two types of herbicides: selective types, and non-selective types. Selective herbicides are just that. They whack a specific weed, while leaving everything else untouched. Non-Selective herbicides will kill everything, even your lawn grass. The latter is usually only applied when you want to redecorate your lawn, or if selective herbicides just won’t work.

Herbicides are also divided based on when they are applied: pre-emergence or post-emergence. Pre-emergent herbicides are applied before the weeds start growing out of the ground. These are good for whacking those nasty annuals that grow all the time, and are usually applied on the soil either as a liquid or as granules. Post-emergent herbicides are applied after the weed has come out from the ground. They are applied directly to the foliage or leaves. But be careful to not let rain or water wash it away! Some, typed as ‘contact’, affect only the parts they touch, while others, typed ‘system’, can go through the whole plant. This is of course, useful against those nasty perennials that regrow from underground shoots.

Always remember, however, that chemical-based weed control is dangerous. Not just to other plants, but to you as well! It might wash on to fruits and vegetables in your garden, for example, and end up making you sick. A safer chemical alternative is vinegar. For those of you who don’t like this kind of weed whacking, there are a couple other ways to go about it.

 

Biological Warfare

Fight fire with fire! Or simply put, outcompeting the weeds. There are several ways to go about this. You could maintain a very thick lawn with healthy plants to deprive the enemy of any space to grow. Find the best quality grass for this purpose, and you’ll be able to choke the life out of those nasty weeds.

Another method is to fertilize the garden. Why? Because while weeds will pretty much grow on anything, what you’re doing is leveling the playing field by helping your own plants compete. Of course, caution should be taken in fertilization. There is always the risk that some weeds will manage to out compete your own plants.

 

Conventional Warfare

When it comes right down to it, perhaps the simplest way to achieve weed control is to simply get your hands dirty and pull them out yourself. It might take some time, yes, but this is why you chose a Saturday to do it, right? In case you didn’t, there are other ways to go about this.

You can use a hoe to scrape surface weeds dead. This will kill any weeds on the surface, and, if done correctly, will be shallow enough so as to not dig up any dormant weed seeds sleeping underground. Alternatively, you can till the soil to really get to the root of the problem, but as earlier stated, there is always the risk of bringing sleepers to the surface.

You can carpet bomb the weeds by, well, carpeting your lawn with a mulch. This could be anything from dried leaves, to old newspapers, to a black plastic sheet. This will deprive anything underneath of sunlight, and, in case of leaves and newspapers, will let water through and decay over time, leaving a nice, organically fertilized soil ready to take in plants once the weeds die out.

At the end of the day, there is no one sure-fire way to get rid of the weeds in your garden. However, a combination of time, effort, and using several of the above-mentioned tips will be sure to effectively combat this ever-present enemy, and ensure proper weed control that will leave you with a beautiful garden to enjoy.

For more information about your lawn and landscape, contact your local experts at Prestige One.