Summer is prime time for enjoying your outdoor spaces—whether you’re having a get together for a holiday or celebration like Father’s Day, or just enjoying the longer daylight hours as we get closer to the summer solstice, your yard is an important space in the summer, and when it looks great, it’s enjoyable to be in.
But when your yard gives you problems, and looks less than its best, it might take some of the fun out of those great summer times. One common problem that people encounter? Weeds among their grass. These weeds can be an eyesore—and can take up the nutrients and water that the grass needs to grow and be healthy, which means that, over time, the lawn becomes made up of more weeds than grass.
What can you do if you notice weeds in your lawn? And how can we help? Here, we’ll break down some common types of weeds, some steps you can take, and what we at Victory Lawn Care Services can do to get your lawn looking great.
Which weeds are growing in my lawn?
While a weed can be considered any plant that’s growing where it’s not wanted, there are some common types of weeds that spread easily in lawns. These weeds can be broken into three general categories: broad-leaf, grassy, and grass-like or sedge. A broad-leaf weed has—you guessed it—broad leaves that don’t look like the grass around it. Dandelions and clover are some common examples—these plants that don’t look like grass might take up a big part of some lawns.
Grassy weeds look much like the grass around them—but, like crabgrass, one of the most well-known examples, often grows differently than the grass that makes up a lawn. Crabgrass, for example, grows with the stems radiating outward from the center of a clump.
Finally, there are grass-like weeds. These also might look like grass—but, like wild onion or wild garlic, are clearly different in structure, with stems that might be tubular or hollow, or otherwise different from the flat stems of regular grass.
How can I get rid of weeds without killing the grass?
In garden beds, it can be fairly simple to think about how to get rid of weeds. While there are practices that are better than others (like pulling weeds out by the roots), a small clump is simple to eliminate. It can be more difficult in lawns, where large patches of weeds might be right in the middle of grass you want to keep.
A few steps can help eliminate weeds. While it might seem like your first step needs to be a chemical herbicide, there are more natural steps that might seem a bit surprising. One of the first things you can do to stop weeds, in fact, is improving your lawn practices—mowing, watering, and adding compost can make the soil better for grass while making it harder for weeds to grow.
This is because these lawn care practices can help your grass grow thicker and denser, with a root layer that’s thicker and can stop weeds from growing and stop the ones that exist from getting nutrients from the soil below. If there are weeds—like a few dandelions—it can also be a good practice to dig them out, making sure to get all of the roots, before they bloom and spread seeds that grow into more dandelions.
Once a weed starts producing seeds, it becomes harder to keep up with getting rid of the new weeds that grow. That’s why it’s easiest to stop weeds before they grow at all—some fertilizers can also prevent weeds from growing while feeding the lawn. But if there are weeds in your lawn, and you need to use a herbicide, there are two main options: selective broadleaf herbicides and non-selective herbicides.
A selective broadleaf herbicide will kill dandelions or other broadleaf plants without hurting the grass around them, while a non-selective herbicide will kill any plants it touches. For those worried about children or pets coming in contact with weed killers, there are some organic herbicides, and it’s possible to use DIY options like white vinegar or boiling water. But these latter options often kill the grass around them, too.
If you’re looking for a fresh start, sod installation is also an option. Sod is grass that’s grown in strips. It’s then dug up with the roots still attached and planted in your lawn, often in patches or strips. This installation is faster than lawn planting with seeds, and can give you a healthy lawn without weeds—and keeping it healthy can help stop them from growing in the future.
How can we help with your lawn?
Your first line of defense against weeds taking over your lawn is keeping your grass healthy, thick, and well-tended, and at Victory Lawn Care Services, we offer a variety of great services to help you do just that. Our lawn mowing and landscaping services do more than boost curb appeal—cutting the grass helps it grow and stay healthy. The proper lawn care we provide can help keep your grass healthy and defeat weeds naturally.
If you want new grass, though, one of our great offerings is sod installation, which can help reboot a lawn overgrown with weeds. Our high quality tools—like the $60,000 Harley rake that pulverizes roots below the surface—mean that the new sod can be planted properly. Our expert team installs the sod, hand-grades the surface, and provides detailed instructions on how to care for your new lawn.
And to keep it looking great, our other services (like lawn mowing and landscape maintenance) are available—we pride ourselves not only on our low employee turnover and high pay, but on the honest, reliable service we provide to you. Ready to get started, and get your lawn looking great? We’re here to help—give us a call at (901) 870-3720 or drop us a line on our contact page.
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This post was written by Shane