Crabgrass. Creeping Charlie. Dandelions. These are just a few of the weeds that our lawn care technicians battle.
While it is true that our technicians win the war on weeds, did you know that the best defense is actually prevention? Ideally, weed growth should be stopped before it starts. Preventative weed control is also the best option for the environment and provides a long-lasting defense.
Here are some of the best ways to keep weeds from invading your lawn:
- Fertilize! Strengthening the turf that you have will create a thick blanket that weeds can’t penetrate.
- Repair bare or weakened areas – weeds love weak spots. Make sure any bald or thin spots are reseeded.
- Reduce soil compaction – heavy foot traffic areas are prone to weeds because grass has trouble growing where the soil gets compacted. Aeration followed by overseeding will reduce compaction and fill in those bare spots.
- Mow high – mowing the grass at three inches or higher will also strengthen your turf and keep weed seedlings from getting the sunlight they need to grow.
- Use a pre-emergent – crabgrass is an especially hard weed to kill. A pre-emergent with crabgrass control will stop the seeds before they have a chance to germinate.