Dealing with Weeds: Using Physical and Chemical Control Methods

lawn with flower bedsIf you have been trying to maintain your lush and thick lawn, then you know how weeds can compromise its look. The good news is, it is possible to control their growth and therefore maintain or improve the health of your yard. Physical controls work best, as they don’t promote the use any chemicals.

  • Dig out. Pull out the weeds manually before they multiply. It is a good idea to use weed pullers with long handles to avoid stress on your hands and knees. These are great when the soil is moist and can also help you remove weeds with long tap roots. Lawn weed control Salt Lake City  experts note that you can likewise use a trowel of a knife to dig out the weeds.
  • Reseed. In some cases, pulling out weeds can leave bare spots in the lawn. If this happens, be sure to add seeds in the area to prevent weeds from occurring. Reseeding is a lot easier if you bring a small container of seeds every time you weed. Be sure to water the area regularly (use a spray) until the grass grows.
  • Use heat. Pouring hot (or almost boiling) water can weaken or kill the pesky plant. Keep in mind, however, that this technique is non-selective; it will harm both the weed and the nearby plants or flowers. Grasses, on the other hand, have sort of protective sheath that makes them more resistant to heat than other plants.

Using Chemicals

The use of chemicals should be your last resort. It is best to know the type of weed you are dealing with to make sure that you are using the right product.  Remember that the wrong choice can result in poor control, as well as pose a health risk to other plants, to pets, and to humans. It is a good idea to choose a non-toxic product and spot-spray the weed.

It is, of course, advisable to call in professionals if the problem is too big to handle. This is also ideal if you are dealing with other types of lawn diseases.  Lawn experts can restore your lawn and keep it looking green and healthy.