Weeds have long been a concern for gardeners. We at Hillside Garden Landscaping are regularly challenged to address these concerns for our clients and offer solutions to help control and/or minimize the problem. If your property is bordered by fields there will always be a problem with the seeds blowing into your lawn and gardens. You may want to consider how this can be altered for minimal impact to your lawn and garden.
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Unless you choose to use an excessive amount of herbicides there will always be weeds in the lawn. Maintaining a healthy lawn is your best defense against weed infestations by following these practices.
1. Mow your lawn regularly at a height of roughly 3” to minimize weed pressure. This allows the clippings to breakdown easily encouraging the growth of a thick healthy lawn with a deep root system.
2. Apply a balanced fertilized in the fall after the last mowing to optimize hardiness and encourage spring growth. It is also recommended to test the pH of your soil as grass grows best in neutral or slightly acidic soil conditions (6.5-7.0) Proper pH is necessary for the optimal uptake of nutrients.
Most weeds cannot tolerate regular mowing, and the thicker and healthier the lawn is – the less likely weeds will able to germinate and become established. Bare patches or areas where the turf is thin can be roughed up, topsoil added and seed applied. Apply straw or another type of mulch designed for grass seed growth. This is best done in the spring or fall during cooler weather with better chances for natural rainfall.
Established sections of difficult weeds may require the use of an herbicide. You must first determine what weeds you have in order to choose the correct product. Once these sections have been killed off you can move forward by overseeding and work toward establishing a thicker healthier lawn.
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Ground Ivy and Veronica are two are our most common lawn invaders and difficult to control. We have succeeded with Spurge power by Monterey which contains three herbicides able to eliminate these difficult broadleaf weeds as well as the easier to control ones such as dandelions and plantain.
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Another complaint we hear often is when only moss seems to be growing. This can be the result of shade, poor fertility, wet conditions and compacted soil.
The following links can help you identify your weeds and learn the best control methods: