Control your weeds! When weeds are growing at their peak is the best time for them to be controlled. A liquid weed control is the best but make sure you spray it on a a calm day with no wind so the spray wont drift to other plants and keep the sprayer below your waist. If its bad for weeds its probably bad for humans to so be careful. The plastic hose-end sprayers are cheap and is an efficient way to distribute the liquid weed killer. Just label this sprayer so it wont be mistaken for fertilizer. Weed control play a big part in achieving that goal of of perfect lawn. There are many weeds that can hold your lawn hostage and never let it grow to its pure potential. When looking at your lawn study it and see the abundant weed you have growing. These are clues to a healthy or sickly soil. Below is a list of common weeds found in lawns all over America:
Common Weeds And How To Prevent Them
- Clover – If you have a lot of clover in your lawn then you can most likely bet that your soil is low in nitrogen. To fix this problem quickly just till in the areas clover is present and mix in a little compost to improve its water holding capacity. Then reseed the area with desired grass. Make sure for long term prevention that you fertilize your lawn with a nitrogen rich fertilizer in early spring and fall.
- Dandelions – These irritating flowers grow in any conditions, they just love to give you a hard time and they colonize at a rapid pace. To remove this from your lawn you will have to dig up the whole plant down to the tap root. In early spring spread corn gluten meal to discourage any new growth. Corn gluten meal can rid your lawn of these weeds within 3-4 seasons, if used properly. Long term prevention is to incorporate a type of turf grass to your lawn after removing all dandelions. The turf grass will choke out any new growth.
- Crabgrass – This stuff is like cancer. It will take you lawn over in a matter of months. This weed will get s thick in the warm months that no other grass will be able to grow. When lawns are cut to short this allows sunlight to reach crabgrass which is at the lowest point of the lawn, encouraging it to take off and take over. You must dig out all patches of this grass and reseed. Crabgrass can grow back from any remaining roots but always remember to cut your grass 3in high and this should take care of the problem. Some people like this stuff because it stays green longer when other grass turns brown and yucky in the winter months but I will leave that up to you. In the spring before germination spread corn gluten meal over you lawn. This has had a 50-60% success rate with in the first and second grass season and a all most 100% success rate by the third season.
Corn Gluten Meal – This is a safe organic substance that successfully kills lawn weeds. A nontoxic byproduct produced by corn processing that stops seedlings from growing new roots and kills them in just a short few days. Not only does it kill what you don’t want in your lawn it fertilizes what you do want! It contains 10 percent nitrogen that your turf grass will love you for. And best of all it is completely safe for your children and pets. By applying corn gluten meal just one time a year right before weeds emerge, significantly reduces the most of the common weeds by 60%. If used season after season you will see a 90% control rate. Corn gluten meal can only be used on established lawns and should not be used in conjugation with high nitrogen rich fertilizers.
Lawn Weeds Prevention
Chemical weed control:
Homemade Weed Prevention
Corn Gluten Meal : Corn meal doesn’t really kill weeds, it just stops the weed seeds from ever developing. Corn Gluten is a pre-emergent, which is a fancy way of saying that is it is a seed birth-control. Corn meal scattered around an area will keep any seed in that area from growing into a plant. This means a weed seed or a desirable seed. This method is a good option for areas that you plan on planting grown plants in.
Boiling Water: Who would had ever thought that plain old water would help control weeds. Just to let you know, it has proven to be more effective than most of the store bought chemical weed killers. All you have to do is place a kettle on the stove and heat until it begins to boil, pour that on the unwanted weeds . This process actually cooks the weed. You can use this anywhere but be careful the hot water will kill any plant it comes in contact with including the roots of nearby plants.
Vinegar: Vinegar makes a great organic homemade weed killer. White or cider vinegar will work. Vinegar contains acetic acid that kills the leaves. This works best on young plants because there root systems are underdeveloped. If you spray adult plants enough times they will eventually die.
Bleach: Not only removes unwanted spots , it is a great weed killer. Spraying this on any plant will surely kill it. The good thing is if you accidentally spray it on a plant you want to keep just wash it off.
Rubbing Alcohol: It is a well known commodity in many households. Rubbing alcohol is a well known antiseptic because it shrinks germs by drawing water out of the organism and killing it. The same process takes place with plants. It will kill any plant it comes in contact with.