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Worried about Weeds?

During the hot summer months many homeowners notice that their lawns thin out, become less vibrantly green, and, in some cases, start sprouting weeds. There are a number of different varieties of weeds that could take root, including: crabgrass, thistle, dandelions, ragweed and ground ivy. Even the most well-tended lawns can get them. So what can you do to cut down on the amount and types of weeds that find their way into your yard? Here are a few of our suggestions:

 

  • The best defense to warding off weeds is to keep your lawn healthy, well-nourished and watered.
  • Promote a healthy lawn by mowing regularly following the aforementioned Rule of Thirds. Healthy root growth increases resistance to pests and disease.
  • Feed your lawn with the right nutrients and fertilizer. Find out what your soil needs through a soil test.
  • Irrigate properly. Proper watering provides an average lawn with the equivalent of about one inch of rainfall each week.
  • Keep in mind that different weeds call for different types of controls, so be sure you have someone who understands and can identify the weeds do a proper inspection before beginning any treatment protocols.
  • Have a professional lawn care service like Pro-Tech Lawn Care evaluate the nutrient, soil, and water needs of your yard as well. At the same time, we can inspect for weeds and recommend a weed control treatment plan to keep any common weeds out of your beautiful landscaping from spring ‘til the fall.

Weed Woes

Nurturing our yards is something that New Englanders do not take for granted. After long, cold, harsh winters, we are ready and excited to plant and cultivate our lawn and gardens. That’s why it is especially painful to see weeks and months of hard work in our yards get ruined by weeds taking over the landscaping. It is very disheartening to watch as just a few weeks can begin to take control over entire sections of your grass and invade your planting areas.

 

There are hundreds of varieties of weeds that can make a mess of your lawn from broadleaf varieties, to grassy all the way to woody weeds. Identifying the type that has invaded your yard is always the first step in eradicating and preventing a recurrence. Contacting the experts at Pro-Tech Lawn Care is a great first step in stopping the weed problem in your yard. They can not only identify the weed variety but make recommendations as to how to get rid of them and follow up to make sure your lawn is growing in a healthy manner. They will also be able to help you cultivate a healthy lawn by showing you steps to keep your grass well watered, fed and aerated. Lawns that have the right amount of nutrients, sunlight and water are less likely to be invaded by weeds in the first place.

 

Weeds tend to be obnoxious and are tough to get rid of but with guidance from Pro-Tech we can help you get on the right path to a healthy lawn. Here are a few resources to look at that can help you identify if you have a weed issue as well as what type of weed.

 

Better Home and Gardens Weed Identification
UMass Amherst Weed Emporium

Warm Weather Means Weeds!

Invader alert! Invader Alert! Crabgrass approaching!

 

Wouldn’t it be great if our lawns warned us when weeds were beginning the attack on our lush lawns that we labor so hard to make beautiful. Unfortunately, grass does not come with a built-in GPS for weeds.  Homeowners know that part of growing your own garden and maintaining a manicured lawn means that you will also be growing weeds at some point. What does the oncoming warm weather and this past winter’s mild weather mean for our lawns and weeds this summer?  Let’s take a closer look at some common weeds and what the 2016 winter means for their growth this year.

 

Usually, most warm weather weeds go dormant along with turfgrass during the cold winter months. They may even disappear, leaving just their roots or seeds in the soil. So, when you inspect your lawn toward the end of winter in preparation for the growing season, there could be no visual sign of weeds.

 

Well, it is no secret that this past winter (2015-2016)  was one of the mildest on record with record low snowfall and higher than normal temperatures. The warm weather spells that we’ve had the past winter have caused many perennial plants including hosta, flowering trees and bushes and Day Lilies to start growing earlier than normal. In fact the crocuses came out a full month earlier than usual.

Get what else is considered perennial. . . . weeds!  That means that you may have noticed weeds beginning to surface much earlier than normal. Crabgrass, and other weeds, will germinate when soil temperature reaches a consistent 55 degrees for about a week. Since the soil this past winter did not freeze over for an extended period of time, soil temperatures are already, on average, much warmer and reached 55 degrees much sooner this year. Are you concerned about the weeds that may be getting out of control in your yard? Better Homes and Garden has put together a Weed Identification guide to help you name and combat the weeds that may be attacking your lawn.  Your best bet is to contact a professional who can recommend and supply a treatment or options for your lawn. Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care for an appointment today.

Weed Prevention and Control

Weeds are the unwelcome guest to the lawn party.  From dandelions to crabgrass don’t let weeds get the best of your lawn.  Weeds thrive in conditions that may plague your lawn such as, dry spots, spongy wet spots, thin spots and underfed grass.  Let’s look at way to not only get rid of weeds that may have entered your lawn but also ways to prevent them from coming back.

Lawn care to prevent weed invasion:

  1. Mow Your Grass High – Healthy lawns should have longer grass instead of shorter grass similar to a putting green.  By raising the length setting on your mower you will allow your grass to grow longer and in fact healthier roots.  Think healthy roots prevents weeds from invading.
  2. Water Correctly – Water the lawn early in the morning, a few times each week, adding up to about an inch of water. Longer, healthier grass is more resilient to weed growth.
  3. Feed Your Lawn – Lawns need nutrients and fertilization.  This helps the grass develop healthy roots and blades.  Feed your lawn at least four times from early spring, summer, fall and then one last time before winter – probably around Thanksgiving time.
  4. Control the weeds you have – Herbicides are one way to control an outbreak.  The toughest kinds of weeds such as crabgrass, sedges and broadleaf weeds, can be effectively controlled/prevented with products using quinclorac as an active ingredient. (Follow procedures and safety precautions on the weed control agent packaging.) For deep entrenched weeds use a flat screwdriver to dig out the weeds that have taken root.