Here in Tennessee, the warm weather of spring has arrived, and we all can’t wait to get back outside doing the things we love. For many homeowners here, our outdoor spaces are just as important as our indoor ones. As summer approaches, primary living spaces are moved outdoors as we celebrate weddings, graduations, birthdays, and of course, live music. When we invite people to our lawns, we want it to be perfect. But lawn care can be a real chore, especially weed control.
Weeds are relentless plants that seem to have a mind of their own and appear to be much, much stronger than our grass. Luckily, if you take spring weed control seriously and early enough, you can achieve that perfect landscape you have always dreamed of. Here is a list of some helpful tips to help you get ahead of the weeds and ensure you have a much easier time this year controlling weeds.
Any effective weed control regiment begins with pre-emergent weed control. Pre-emergents can be liquid or granular, but they both work the same way. They coat the seeds of weeds and prevent them from germinating. This process has to be timed correctly to be effective. Meaning, it has to be done early enough in the spring before the seeds germinate. Done right, this will eliminate the first generation of weeds in your yard and drastically reduce the number of weeds you will see in the summer.
A Healthy Lawn is a Weed-Free Lawn
You’ve applied pre-emergent weed control and dealt a massive blow to the weeds in your yard. But you are not out of the woods yet. Weeds can continue to sneak into your yard in a number of ways. The goal now is to keep your grass healthy by fertilizing it properly and making sure you mow high. Doing this will help thicken up your turf and make it more difficult for weeds to germinate and gain a foothold.
Target Summer Weeds
Try as you might, weeds are relentless, and there will always be a stray weed here or there. But if you followed the previous steps, your job should be much easier. Every once in a while, go around your yard and search for weeds that have sprung up. You should target these weeds with a post-emergent weed spray early enough, so they do not go to seed in the fall and upend all the work you did in the spring.
Water Your Lawn Properly
In Tennessee, we can experience some hot and dry summers, which can put a lot of strain on our grass. When grass is stressed, weeds like crabgrass can easily take over because they are much hardier. Follow proper irrigation methods by watering two to three times per week (including rain) and long enough for the water to reach down and soak the roots. Make sure to water early in the morning. You don’t want your grass going to bed wet because it can be ideal for diseases and fungus to grow.
Hire a Professional Lawn Care Company
Here at Emerald Island Lawn Service, we have over thirty years of experience dealing with lawns in Tennessee and the problems they face. Our lawn fertilization program is designed to feed your grass the nutrients it needs to grow healthy and strong to prevent weeds and disease.
Tired of mosquitos ruining your outdoor gatherings or having grubs destroy your beautiful grass? We also provide comprehensive pest control programs that protect your landscapes from grub, mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks.