Michigan homeowners know that battling weeds is a persistent effort. There are so many types of weeds, and they all seem to be stronger and grow faster than your lawn. Understanding how weeds grow is key to how you can control them.
During the fall, weeds release their seeds over a wide area using the wind and birds to help spread them. These seeds bed down into your soil, where they wait for warm temperatures to return. Seeds can lay dormant for years and can germinate when the soil is disturbed. It seems like a never-ending battle for control of your yard, but if you follow these weed management tips, you can significantly reduce the number of weeds that pop up in your yard this spring.
The first and most important step to gaining control of your yard is applying pre-emergent weed control early. Since the great majority of the weeds in your yard come from these spring weeds, eliminating them now can make your summer chores a lot easier. Pre-emergents suffocate weed seeds and prevent them from growing. Add an application of pre-emergent weed control to your spring to-do list and give your grass a head start this year.
Throughout the year, you will need to be vigilant. Just a single weed that gets passed, you can deposit thousands of seeds in your yard that will be ready to invade in the spring. If you applied pre-emergent early, this job will be much easier. Just walk around your yard and look for any stray weeds and use a targeted post-emergent spray that only kills weeds. Preventing weeds from going to seed is essential in controlling spring weeds.
The next step to control weeds is prevention. After you have neutralized last year’s seeds, you need to defend your lawn from incoming attacks. To do this, you need to make sure your grass is healthy, and part of that is proper irrigation techniques. Your lawn needs at least 1”-1 ½” of water per week. Water deeply 2-3 times per week. Water early in the morning to allow enough time for your grass to dry up. If you can’t push a screwdriver into your lawn, you’re not watering enough.
Another part of achieving a thick and weed-free lawn is to set your mower height high.
For cool-season grass, the optimal height is about 2 1/2 inches. You should only be removing the top 1/3 of the grass blade. Taller grass prevents new weed seeds from growing and encourages a thicker lawn.
Mulch is a great weed barrier. A few inches of fresh mulch can block the sunlight weed seeds need to germinate. Mulch works well to prevent weeds from growing around trees or in flower beds, but it also helps to retain moisture, which means you have to water less.
At Go Green Lawn Care, our local technicians have years of experience dealing with weeds in southeast Michigan. Our lawn care program is designed to give your yard the nutrients it needs while protecting it from invasive weeds.
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