Weeds are unwanted plants that pop up in your yard, and a little bit of rain and some sunshine are all they need to take over your yard. Weed seeds can end up in your yard by wind or from birds, and there are two types of weeds: annuals and perennials. Annuals grow, flower, drop their seeds, and die in one season. Perennials can keep popping up in your yard for several years. There are different types of weed management depending on the type of lawn weeds in your yard. Here are some tips on how to control these pests.
Mechanical Removal of Lawn Weeds
If you only have a few weeds in a small contained area, most likely the easiest way to manage them is to pull them out with your hands, hoes, or shovels.
If weeds are growing in a gravel area, you can use post-emergent herbicide to kill both annual and perennial weeds. Post-emergent herbicides are sprayed on weeds that have already popped up; the most common product for this is Roundup. However, if there are other plants in the area, they will also be killed by Roundup, which is why it is mostly used in gravel areas where no other plants are growing.
If you are looking for a natural weed killer, try mixing vinegar and dish soap in a spray bottle. Gently mix one gallon of vinegar (5% acetic acid) with one teaspoon of dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray on your weeds and the vinegar will suck all the water out of the plant, killing it. However, this spray is non-selective, so make sure you don’t spray any plants you want to keep.
The best lawn weeds control in grassy areas is simply maintaining a healthy lawn. Turf will displace most weeds, and regular mowing of your lawn will remove any weeds that do pop up. If you want to use a chemical weed control on your lawn, only do so on well-established areas, as new grass and grass seeds can be damaged by weed control chemicals.
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