Dealing with Lawn Weeds
Almost every gardener at some point will experience problems with weed growth throughout his or her garden. However, when a lawn is not healthy, or a particularly distressing weed problem exists, the lawn can have a difficult time fighting of new weed growth. Home remedies and weed eaters can assist with this problem to some extent, however, the weed problem will not ultimately be solved this way. In addition, if a person does not have extensive knowledge about weed killers and the chemicals they contain, he or she may find little has been accomplished, and the lawn may have even been harmed. These and other gardening problems are best left to professionals.
Types of Weeds
Many people are under the impression that all lawn weeds are the same, however, this is incorrect. Three basic types of weeds grow in most gardens, and while they have a certain amount of similar characteristics, they have considerable differences, as well. Most weeds fall into the following three categories:
These are the most common types of weeds found in gardens. They have flat, wide leaves that feature net-like veins. A gardener will see them again and again as the seasons turn. These types of weeds include ground ivy, dandelions, chick weeds, white clover, violets, and carpet weeds.
Like their name suggests, these weeds look like grass, and are in the grass family, however, they are considered invasive weeds when they appear in a garden. They feature hollow, rounded stems, leaves with parallel veins, and sometimes small flowers. Grassy weeds include crabgrass, barnyard grass, goose grass, yellow foxtail, and fall panicum.
Sedge weeds grow in a fashion similar to grass, but these weeds are not true grasses, but rather sedges. Sedge weeds feature solid stems and are more common in bogs and marshes. Most herbicides for grassy weeds do not work efficiently on sedge weeds. These types of weeds are the hardest to control as they grow rapidly and attempt to take over the lawn in a manner which is quite aggressive. Some common sedges are purple and yellow nutsedge, wild garlic or onion, and Star of Bethlehem. Additionally, these weeds can be perennial or annual.
A simple way to discourage all types of weed growth is to have a full, healthy lawn that can battle the weeds. The best time to do serious weeding is in the spring when weeds are young and vulnerable. Controlling weeds with preventative measures is a good idea, as well, and this can be accomplished by watering the lawn adequately, and mowing with the lawn mowers blades at an appropriate level.
Homemade Remedies versus Professional Lawn Care Services
While many people want to treat their lawns with home remedies or store bought products, and these are sometimes effective, it is far better to secure the services of a professional lawn care company. Professionals in this line of work are highly trained individuals that have been educated in all facets of gardening and lawn care. They will offer a homeowner peace of mind, and save him or her time and aggravation. Selecting the right professional for one's lawn care needs is the first step to a consistently healthy and beautiful lawn.