Thursday, August 12, 2010

Nuisance for Any Lawn

Nuisance for Any Lawn

Lawn weed control:
Weeds are a nuisance for any lawn. There are steps to rid yourself of unwanted plantain, thistle and daises. Getting rid of weeds takes time and patience. There are a few simple steps that can be taken, used on a regular basis, will prevent weeds from spoiling your lawn.

Weeds make a lawn look messy and neglected. Getting rid of weeds will promote grass growth an conserve water. Weeds take a lot of water out of the ground, which starve the grass.

Mowing the grass regularly is the best way to keep you lawn weed free. If the grass is strong its network of roots will prevent most weeds from growing. There are chemical weed killers available. There are two types available: general and systemic. General types are spread all over the lawn and need to be reapplied on a regular basis. Systemic weed killer work more slowly but kill the weed and its root.

The most common weeds and ways to get rid of are as follows:
  • Plantain is a broad leaved weed with flower spikes, these need to be removed by hand at first sight. Regular mowing will also prevent them from spreading.
  • Thistle is a broad leaved weed with purple flowers and coarse foliage, they can be treated with weed killer. Regular mowing will also prevent them from spreading.
  • Daisies are a broad leaved weed with small, white flowers with yellow centers. These need to be spot treated with a weed killer. Regular mowing will prevent them from spreading.
  • Crabgrass is a grassy weed, it has long stems with nodes from central rosette. General weed killer can be applied.
  • Wild onion is a grassy weed, it has long , straight stems and grows in clusters with a strong odor. You will need to remove these by hand and treat with a general weed killer.
  • Large areas of weed killer can be applied by using a spreader and powdered weed killer. You will need to pour the desired amount of weed killer in the spreader, and slowly walk across every infected area. When lawn is covered, then water thoroughly.
  • Single weeds can be removed by hand or by spot weeding by using a spray weed killer applied directly on the weed.
  • When pulling weeds by hand ,make sure to get the root also, or it will usually grow back within a week.

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