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Broadleaf weeds like dandelion, clover, thistle, creeping Charlie, spurge & wild violet is the most common in our local area. Weed seeds can be dormant in your soil for many years before finding the right time to germinate. Depending on your location, weather conditions and management practices these weeds can seem to be a constant problem. Hand digging weeds can be an effective cultural way to eliminate weeds in your landscape beds, but is often very difficult and ineffective in your lawn. Broadleaf weeds are most effectively controlled with a post emergent broadleaf herbicide application at a time when they are most actively growing.
Grassy weeds can be very frustrating to understand, identify, or eliminate from your lawn. The most common is crabgrass which can be very aggressive once established. Crabgrass can be controlled with a pre-emergent herbicide applied in the Spring. It can also be controlled with a post-emergent herbicide if caught early enough. Other grassy weeds include Tall Fescue, Foxtail, Yellow Nutsedge, and Quackgrass. These grassy weeds are more difficult to eliminate, require a specialty herbicide or roundup (glyphosate) and usually require a lawn renovation plan.
Peters Lawn Service provides broadleaf weed control and pre-emergent crabgrass control as part of our Custom Lawn Care Program. These applications are performed by licensed applicators who use the best products at the correct rates for effective control. Timing of applications plays an important role in being environmentally responsible. Rainfall or watering after a broadleaf weed control application can be beneficial.
Broadleaf weed control tips:
Keeping a lawn “weed free” takes more than one or two herbicide applications per year. Regular fertilization and Core Aeration encourages healthy roots and thick turf which is the best weed prevention there is. Mowing tall (3-4 inches) helps to shade the soil, making weed germination more difficult. When you mow too short, you stress the lawn and allow light to penetrate the soil making it more likely for weeds to grow. Sometimes, tolerance of a few weeds may be necessary.