The first step to eliminating weeds is to know the different kind of weeds you may have in your lawn.
There are two basic types of weeds out there, narrowleaf weeds and broadleaf weeds.
Narrowleaf weeds have parallel veins and long, grasslike leaves. Crabgrass, quack grass, sedges and rushes are a few examples of a narrowleaf weeds.
Broadleaf weeds have leaves that are usually wider than narrowleaf weeds, but they can vary in shape. The veins in the leaves of these weeds are netted and look like a web. Dandelions, plantain and chickweed are just some of the many broadleaf weeds.
The best way to avoid weeds completely is by having a strong, healthy lawn. When lawns are lush and thick, there is no room for the weeds to take hold and the healthy grass will shade the weed seeds not allowing them the sunlight they need to germinate. This is why it is important to keep your grass higher when you mow.
Also, aerate annually to avoid thatch and compacted soil.
Our 100% organic fertilizer actually helps with weed control as well. The living micro-organisms we apply eat away thatch and burrow into the ground. This allows more oxygen and water to get down to the grass roots, which in turn helps the grass grow stronger and the roots, not the grass blades, to grow faster.
Crabgrass becomes a problem so quickly because of it’s ability to grow quickly in hot, dry conditions. Individual crabgrass plants are killed by frost in autumn, but not before producing thousands of seeds all over your lawn. When spring temperatures rise to about 60 F the crabgrass seeds will germinate which is how they come back every year.
Used as an invisible shield across the soil surface, crabgrass pre-emergent stops crabgrass seedlings from emerging to the surface, hence the name pre-emergent.
While the best way to prevent crabgrass is with pre-emergent, it is also important to have a healthy lawn to prevent future growth of crabgrass seedlings. Some ways to do this is to:
A. Fertilize your lawn throughout the spring, summer and fall.
B. Overseed bare spots in your lawn in the fall.
C. When watering, water less frequently, and if you can more deeply. Crabgrass tends to be a shallow weed, meaning it’s root system is not very deep.
D. Mow “high”. Leave your grass height at 3 – 3 1/2 inches, this will deprive the crabgrass seedlings of the light they need to germinate.
With our green solution, Rgreen Organic Turf uses a process of 12 applications, three applications per visit. Our first application in the spring includes the necessary crabgrass pre-emergent, disease control and of course, organic fertilization.
Call us today for a thick, beautiful and earth friendly lawn tomorrow.