As the weather cools and days grow shorter, now is the time to start autumn weed and lawn maintenance. The best time for this type of work is in the autumn season when it is not too cold yet and the plants are still dormant. Weed growth competes with healthy grass and can absorb nutrients, sunlight, and water better suited to your grass. If left unchecked, weeds can cause damage to your lawn and garden. But here are some simple steps you can take to help control them:
Continue mowing your lawn to keep it from getting too high. This process can prevent weeds from getting a footing in the first place.
When you do see weeds starting to appear, hand-pull them before they go to seed. This is especially important for annual weeds, which only live for one season. If you can get rid of them before they seed, you’ll save yourself a lot of work next year.
Apply a pre-emergent herbicide. Use a suitable herbicide for the specific types of weeds you have. This helps prevent new weeds from germinating in your yard. There are many different products on the market, so make sure you read the labels carefully and choose one specifically designed for the type of weed you’re trying to control. Most herbicides are toxic to humans and animals. Read the label before using any type of herbicide.
Rake up leaves regularly to prevent the germination of weed seeds. You’ll be glad you did, come spring, as raking gives you a head start on thwarting next spring’s weed growth.
Invest in Mulch
Use wood chip mulching to keep weeds under control. Add them to the area where you want to prevent weeds.
Remember that prevention is always the best remedy. Not everyone has time to weed their garden, though. Contact our lawn care experts at Carol’s Colors Landscaping and leave the hard work to us.