Controlling Weeds in Your Lawn

If there is one problem that homeowners have year after year with their lawns, it's how to control unwanted weeds.

A good 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 that you want.

In the spring, you need to prevent crabgrass seeds from germinating. However, the unexpected warm spell we have been having has caused the crabgrass to germinate as much as two to three weeks early. For this reason, its too late to apply a crabgrass control products.


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