Unless you want to look out at a yard overgrown with weeds, you’ll need a solid plan to control them.
Weeds aren’t only unsightly, but they can also be symptoms of an unhealthy lawn. So, it’s important to get to the root of the problem.
Here are five keys to having a successful weed control plan for your Memphis lawn.
Properly Identify Weeds
Before you can treat your lawn for weeds, you’ll need to identify the types of weeds that are overtaking your yard.
Weeds can be categorized as either grassy or broadleaf weeds, and there are a wide variety of both kinds. Effective control of the weeds begins with the proper identification, so work with a local professional or extension office to figure out what you have on your lawn.
Once you know what you’re dealing with, you can start treating the weeds.
Don’t Over Apply Chemicals
You may think a fast-and-hard approach is best for ridding your lawn of weeds quickly. But, if you over apply fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, you can do more harm than good.
It can lead to resistance issues where the pests, weeds or turf diseases no longer react to the chemicals. That will make treating your lawn much more difficult.
Using too many chemicals can also lead to the products making their way into water sources. You can reduce stormwater runoff issues with proper drainage on your site. Applying the chemicals when the wind isn’t strong will also help keep the chemicals where you want them.
Don’t Wait Too Late to Control Weeds
To successfully kill weeds, you need to apply the right chemicals at the right time.
Pre-emergent herbicides are used to prevent weeds from ever growing. These need to be applied during the winter before the seeds begin to germinate in spring. These are most effective against annual weeds and won’t work once the weeds appear.
When weeds are already growing, you should use post-emergent herbicides. They work the best when applied to weeds that are young or growing vigorously.
Keep a Regular Maintenance Schedule
You want your lawn to be a favorable site for turf to grow, not weeds. Following a maintenance schedule — including mowing, aerating and soil tests — will encourage turf health.
Sometimes, weeds are caused from poor soil conditions, which can be managed through proper maintenance. The healthier you can make the soil, the less of a chance weeds and other unwanted pests will appear in your lawn.
Find a Professional Lawn Care Company in Memphis
To make sure your lawn is properly treated, you need an experienced professional who can identify the problem and offer a solution for your site. They will know how much of the chemicals your lawn needs and create a plan to ensure they successfully control weeds.
Michael Hatcher & Associates provides lawn care and spray services throughout Memphis and the Mid-South. We treat turf, plants and trees for weeds, diseases and pests on residential and commercial properties.
Our experienced team uses the safest chemicals with the least intrusion to children and pets. We also use an integrated pest management (IPM) system to monitor the chemicals used on your site, keeping us from over-applying products.