If you want to have a beautiful lawn that will make your neighbors jealous, you definitely do not want weeds popping up in various spots. Weeds, such as clover, dandelions, crabgrass take away from the overall appeal — as well as enjoyment — of your lawn.
At Restoration Landscape, we specialize in weed control services in Athens, GA and the surrounding areas. Our lawn care experts know how to eliminate weeds from your yard with our professional weed control applications and methods. As one of the leading landscaping companies in Athens, we’ve seen all levels of weed infestations and we know just how hard it can be for homeowners to rid their yards of these bothersome plants.
More Reasons Why Your Weed Control Efforts Are Ineffective
Having weeds in your yard is sure to cause some frustration. And, in our last blog, we shared some reasons why weeds may be sticking around and causing you trouble. From not using the right weed control products to not properly mowing your lawn, there are a variety of reasons it can be challenging to rid your lawn of weeds. Hopefully, though, as we continue sharing our expertise, you will better understand weeds, their growing habits, and how you can properly eliminate them.
Reason #6: The Soil In Your Lawn Is Compacted
One thing we didn’t discuss much in our last post was soil. Believe it or not, good soil health is essential when it comes to growing strong, healthy grass. Healthy soil promotes root growth and development. But, when the soil in your yard becomes compacted it can cause some issues. Compacted soil puts a great strain on your turf because oxygen, nutrients, and water are unable to penetrate the soil. Conversely, there are a variety of weed types that can thrive in these bad soil conditions. For instance, crabgrass is a weed that can grow in compacted soil, quickly filling in areas where the grass grows thin or where there are bare spots in your lawn.
If you can’t seem to get rid of weeds in your lawn, solving a soil compaction issue can actually help your lawn become healthier and thicker, resulting in fewer weeds. Luckily, yard aeration can help loosen up the soil and allow oxygen, nutrients, and water to penetrate below the surface where grass roots truly need them. Any measures you take to promote a healthier lawn could ultimately lead to fewer weeds further down the road.
Reason #7: Your Lawn Is Not Getting A Sufficient Amount of Sunlight
Did you know that grass needs approximately five to seven hours of direct sunlight in order to thrive? But, unlike grass, there are some varieties of weeds that can grow in shaded areas of your yard. Ground ivy, for instance, can emerge and quickly take over shaded spots in your landscape. If your lawn is not receiving enough sunlight, you may want to look into tree trimming to allow more light to get through to the grass. This will help your grass grow healthy and thick, which again, naturally chokes out weeds. If trimming or removing trees is not an option, mulch installation in areas where grass is struggling to grow can help promote thick and healthy grass.
Reason #8: Your Yards Soil Health Is At Risk
When it comes to soil health, there is far more to it than compaction. Naturally healthy soil is full of microorganisms which are essential for your grass to reap the nutrients found in the soil and those provided by fertilizers. When the microorganisms in your soil are thriving, it also helps protect your lawn from pests, diseases, and other problems that could potentially thin out your lawn and make it more susceptible to weed growth. If you are one to opt for professional lawn care services, make sure the landscapers you work with address soil health issues.
Reason #9: Your Lawn Is Not Getting Enough Water
If you want your yard’s grass to grow healthy and strong — naturally defending itself from weeds — it needs a sufficient amount of water. So if you keep noticing weeds in your lawn, it could be due to it not getting enough water. Our lawn care professionals recommend that your lawn receives approximately one to two inches of water each week. If it’s not raining enough to cover that, be sure to water your lawn to in order to keep it strong and thick enough to discourage weeds from growing.
Contact Restoration Landscape For Weed Control Services
Well, there you have it, folks. As you can already tell, there really is no single answer on how to rid your lawn of weeds. If your idea of weed control is using the same, inferior products over and over again, then it is likely that you won’t be able to get rid of these pesky plants effectively. Getting rid of weeds requires a multi-faceted approach that includes good lawn care habits such as lawn aeration, overseeding, lawn irrigation, proper lawn mowing, and a lawn care program that promotes good soil health.
While it is a lot, properly following these efforts will help you naturally choke out weeds by getting to the root of the problem. If you don’t have the time or resources to give your lawn the care it needs to deter weed growth, let Restoration Landscape take care of it for you. Our Athens lawn care company uses specially-formulated chemicals that will prevent new weeds from growing and know what it takes to rid your yard of weeds for the long haul. To learn more information, or to receive an estimate, contact us.