A beautiful lawn is a showcase of your art. All year we wait for lush green grass to walk not for coarse or fuzzy weeds. Weeds’ growth is more and rapid as compared to grasses.
It feels sick crabgrass, dandelions and other weeds growing in your lawn. Every house owner hates this repulsive gate-crasher.
Every hiccup has a medicine so every weed has a treatment. It is not difficult to get rid of these ugly grass companions. Here are 7 simple tactics to follow from lawn desire.
- 1 1. Prevention is better than cure
- 2 2. Identify the Type of weed
- 3 2. Block Sunlight
- 4 3.Organic Control
- 5 4. Manual Pulling
- 6 5. Cut their tops
- 7 6. Edging
- 8 7. Chemical Control
- 9 Final words
1. Prevention is better than cure
Proverb looks catchy? it is more applicable than it sounds. Some lawn owners think that grass has a separate growth phenomenon as compared to other plants. Like other plants, grasses also stand better on a healthy base.
Grasses attain a specific height where they have a lush appearance. If you cut before that height or above that height, weeds can overlap their growth.
Grass should be watered properly and fertilize for competence with weeds. Like other plants or grasses, weeds need a special temperature for germination.
Taller grasses shade ground surface and retard seed germination by disturbance of temperature. Even if weed germinates it will not attain hardy growth due to the unavailability of sunlight.
Warm Season Grasses
|Bahia||2.5 to 4″|
|Bermudagrass||0.5 to 2.5″|
|Centipede||1 to 2.5″|
|Zoysia||0.5 to 3″|
|Carpetgrass||1 to 2″|
|Kikuyugrass||1 to 1.5″|
Cool Season Grasses
|Fine fescue||1.5 to 4″|
|Chewing hard||1to 2″|
|Kentucky bluegrass||1 to 3″|
|Perennial ryegrass||0.75 to 2.5|
If you are a small gardener, focus on seed purity. Never mix weed seeds with flower or vegetable seeds. Screen out weeds before sowing. Keep eyes on the single emerging spot and pull it out.
Compact soil,water-deprived grass or turf, and low mowed grasses enhance the growth of weeds. The first step is to reverse all these problems for a healthy lawn.
2. Identify the Type of weed
Correct diagnoses lead to correct treatment. Crabgrass or dandelions are not only to infect your lawn. There are hundreds of other weeds that appear in lawns with any type of grass. Here are some common weeds.
Crabgrass is an annual weed of lawn that appears in warm temperatures. It invades in undernourished lawns. Crabgrass has a specific germination phenomenon. It appears as a ground-hugging weed in summer. As summer ends, crabgrass will produce a lot of seeds that sprout in favourable temperature according to climate.
Crabgrass can be controlled with thick and 3 inches long grass type. Taller grass provides bottom or base shade.Crabgrass can not germinate in cooler conditions.
SO meet with the most beautiful weed of lawn. Beautiful things should be pulled out from the most beautiful lush green areas. Like Crabgrass, dandelion also appears in a week and poorly nourished lawns. Dandelions have very small seeds that can easily spread with air.
Overseeding is an effective and chemical-free method. Overseeding will not allow space for the growth of Dandelions. Use grass cuttings as mulch.
Moss has specialized spores that help to spread out. It appears in acidic soils. The best solution to remove moss from the lawn is ” manual removal”.For physical removal use rake for hard rake and dress tested area with compost.
Spray 4-ounce dish wash in one gallon of water for quick removal. Use famous moss killing insecticide.
As the name is an indication, white clover has whitish flowers in the mature stage. It is the cool season weed of Europe and Asia. It belongs to the legume family so it helps in Nitrogen fixation. White clover is also known as Dutch clover. There are very rare chemicals for the control of white clover.
Use any pre-emergence herbicide for weed removal. Hand pulling is also effective against white clover. I want to apply chemical then wide leaves herbicides are effective against weed.
2. Block Sunlight
The blockage of sunlight is the most effective and chemical-free method for the control of lawn weeds. There are few applications to follow for the process.
Grow Tall grasses: Some tall grasses provide shade to the base which hinders the growth of weeds. Weeds can not germinate in cool conditions.
Mulching: Cover Lawn surface with mulch or straw for sunlight blockage. You can spread cuttings of grass on open space.
There are some organic herbicides available in the market. Organic herbicides are eco friendly. If you have pets in the lawn or want to keep beneficial insects, apply these organic herbicides for control of weeds.
Vinegar and Dish soap
This weedicide is effective against all weeds. Mix dish soap and vinegar. Add a little amount of salt in solution. Apply this solution it will dry them within a week.
Sugar and Citrus Juice
Application of sugar will hinder the availability of Nitrogen. Sugar application is a basic control method.
Citrus juice strips membrane of stems. Citrus has acidic behaviour, it will eat away the coating of weeds. Some times regular applications are more effective because roots can survive.
It is better to prepare by using citrus juice and vinegar. Add 4 ounces citrus juice and quart vinegar for preparation.
Application of Cornmeal
Cornmeal works as preventive. Apply cornmeal prior to germination. Cornmeal competes for nutrients availability of weeds. Oil coating on cornmeal hinders the germination of weeds.
Smothering weeds is an ancient and handy method. Use old newspaper to cover weeds. The newspaper will make a thick layer on weeds and prevent sunlight. Wet the soil and then lay down newspaper. Apply mulch on it for earthworms to stay.
It is the cheapest and effective method for the control of weeds. Everybody has regular table salt at home. Apply just a pinch in root point where needed. Make sure you are applying in space or in weed roots. Apply continuously for some days.
Baking Soda and Bleach
Apply baking soda in spaces. Baking soda is available in easily. Sodium content in baking soda will dry out weeds. Apply required amount in specific portions.
Use bleach if you do not have pets at the home. Bleach will coat the membrane of weeds and quickly make them dry.
4. Manual Pulling
If you are vigilant, follow this ancient method for weed control.No chemical, no tool and no precautions required for hand pulling. However dedicated gloves are available in the market to prevent post spreading.
Make sure you know about type of weeds and grass extensions. Water the lawn before pulling. Make sure you can move in easily.
Some tools like sharp trowel or claw can help you in pulling. Make sure to pull it out with roots.
5. Cut their tops
Many weed cutter works in a balanced flow. Weeds attain a specific height and develop their seed bags on top.
Remove heads of weeds with any tool. Removal of heads will prevent the spread of seeds. Now you can apply any organic method for main plant removal.
Retaining walls and lawn edging are physical barriers to control weeds. If you do not want to purchase edging, prepare at home. Take decking board and cut them into small pieces. Place them one by one.
Edging is effective in small gardens and lawns. Edging prevents neighbour seeds to infect lawn.
7. Chemical Control
Chemical control is the final method where all others fail. There are thousands of weedicides or herbicides available in the market. Apply them with a hand sprayer or electrical sprayer.
Some general-purpose weedicide can kill your grass. Identify weed before chemical application.
Apply the recommended amount because overdosing can kill other plants.
Every lawn owner tries a different method to get rid of weeds. Above mentioned methods are applicable and easy to follow. We recommend organic control for less invade. Apply chemicals if you have an ugly lawn with a lot of infestation.
Hi i am Waqar Zafar, a passionate plant pathologist. I have done graduation Plant pathology and animal science. My research papers on pest control and plant health phenomenon published in many journals. Research is not limited to some papers as agriculture and farming is a wide field so looking for suggestions from readers.