Tips for Dealing with Weeds in Your Lawn

We have mentioned before that all lawns are different. But there's one thing that's common with all lawns—dealing with weeds. Some lawns get them earlier in the year, some in the middle, and some very late in the year, but almost every lawn gets them.

Here are some tips on weeding your lawn from the staff at Tyler’s Pool & Home Care:

Don’t be afraid to pull some weeds. It seems everybody these days is obsessed with spraying every weed with a chemical of some sort. In moderation, those chemicals can be very useful in controlling weeds; if not in moderation, these same chemicals can easily stunt growth and cause green grass to turn brown.

If you spray once in the spring and once in the fall, along with watering and fertilizing, you really shouldn't need any more chemicals added to your lawn. When you mow your lawn weekly, check for any dandelions or weeds sprouting up. During the summer, just pull these weeds with your hands or a tool instead of spraying more chemicals down.

Make sure to fill the area after weeding. In addition, each time you pull or kill a weed, you leave an area of sod that's bare. Either grass will fill in that area or another weed will. Since weeds are much stronger and grow easier than most grass, just pulling or killing a weed will result in another weed growing in its place. Our recommendation is to pull weeds that sprout during the summer and put a pinch full of grass seed down where you pulled. This will promote grass to take over the area instead of more weeds.

Remember to seed and water. Every year, we plant seed, and every year, we tell our customers to make sure to keep the new seed watered. Most customers end up getting the hang of it. But about once per year, a customer calls and wonders why the seed we planted didn't seem to grow. Almost 99% of the time when I look at the areas where little grass is growing, despite having seed applied, it's due to a lack of water.

We can’t stress this enough. New grass loves water, and you almost can’t over-water, But it's very easy to underwater. Keep in mind, grass seed is expensive, usually between $2-3 per pound of seed. Water, on the other hand, is comparatively cheap. You don’t want to waste a bunch of expensive grass seed because of a lack of water. During the first 7-10 days after laying seed, we’d recommend watering at least daily for 20-30 minutes or twice daily for 10-15 minutes.

Happy growing!

Tyler’s Pool and Home Care provides professional lawn care, pool care and snow removal services for Omaha-area homes and businesses. Contact us today at 402-590-6860 or tylerspoolandhomecare@gmail.com.

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