Controlling Weeds in Your Lawn

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- If there is one problem that homeowners have year after year with their lawns, it's how to control unwanted weeds. My definition of a weed is any plant that's growing where you don't want it to grow. That tree in the front yard and half dead could be called a weed if it needs to come down.

Weeds are everywhere. Anywhere there is bare ground or a thin patch of grass you will find weeds. I'll throw moss into the mix because it too will grow anywhere there is a thin stand of grass.

Your lawn report card that shows weeds may mean certain things about your lawn maintenance practices. Weeds in your lawn can mean, you are giving your lawn too much tender loving care like excessive watering and fertilization. You might even have the wrong grass variety allowing weeds to enter the turf. Weeds can be in your lawn because you mow the grass too close. If you have too much traffic on the lawn, the soil can become compacted and reduce the growth of grass in the weed's favor. Finally, there can be too much shade for the specific grass variety to grow.

I've only touched the surface as to the reasons why you might have a bigger weed problem than you want. Keep this in mind in early spring. You need to control crabgrass. You need to prevent the crabgrass seeds that are in the millions in your lawn from germinating. For this reason, you need to apply a crabgrass control available at most lawn and garden up to about April 15th. Don't wait any longer than the middle of April because, if the crabgrass germinates, you have lost the war on crabgrass.

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