Warmer weather translates to more time spent outdoors, and the more time you spend outdoors, the more you notice weeds sprouting up on your lawn.
Lawns are often most stressed during the summertime when temperatures are at their peak, and the long days of sunshine can quickly and easily dry out your turf.
When your lawn is lush and healthy, the tightly aligned blades of grass often prevent weeds from sneaking their way in. But it’s during a lawn’s weakened state that weeds take the opportunity to spread like crazy everywhere they can.
So what can be done about summertime weeds?
Part of the problem might be that you haven’t spent enough time properly preparing your lawn in the spring. Raking the matted grass, aerating, watering, and ensuring the proper fertilization will help guarantee a healthier, more weed-free lawn come the summer months.
Identifying summer weeds can be tricky unless, of course, they produce a bright yellow flower like the dandelion. Grassy weeds such as crabgrass and nutsedge are more “grass-like” and can sometimes be harder to identify – though they often appear in patches on your lawn.
Spurge, ground ivy, and white clover have characteristics that are impossible to miss, such as large leaves or flowers which can’t easily be concealed among the blades of healthy grass.
What is the best way to control summertime weeds?
If you see a few weeds sprout up when you’re mowing your lawn or walking around your property, you might be inclined to simply pull them out with a small shovel or by hand.
While this might seem like a solid solution, it’s a tedious and time-consuming process if your lawn is large and weeds are plentiful. Additionally, if you don’t remove the entire root, you’ll be back to square one, as it’s only a matter of time before the weed grows back again.
Herbicides are an excellent solution for more grassy-like weeds – an ideal choice as it only targets the weed and not the healthy blades of grass surrounding it.
Remember, the healthier your lawn is, the harder it is for weeds to germinate and grow. Will your lawn be prepared? Give your local SavATree branch a call today!