Weeds are like disease and prevention is, therefore, the best cure. Any lawn care expert at GrassRoots Turf would agree that prevention is the best weed killer. Most lawn weeds can take root at places wherever it finds space and some amount of sunlight to support it. By preventing space and sunlight exposure, it is possible to stem weed growth, which is the best method of maintaining lawns without weeds.
For preventing weed growth, you must ensure that the lawn has a thick growth of healthy grass, leaving no space for the interlopers to pop up its ugly heads. For good health and steady growth, each type of grass has an ideal cutting height. When you cut the grass before it gets too long and maintain the perfect height and fertilize and water it regularly, the grass will beat lawn weeds by never allowing it to grow.
Maintaining optimal fertilizer level in lawns is very important. Too little fertilizer will lead to sparse lawns and encourage weed growth. Too much fertilizer is even harmful because it encourages the growth of certain weeds like Bluegrass, Crabgrass, and Bermuda grass. Follow the instructions on the package to maintain the right balance of fertilizer. Besides, you must use some fertilizer like Ureaform or IBDU, and sulfur coated urea that has high content of controlled-release nitrogen. It will ensure a slow but steady supply of nutrients. The timing and frequency of fertilizer application are critical and depends on the growing season and the lawn type.
Ensure Infrequent but watering
Weeds germinate quickly in a moist environment that can happen due to light watering of lawns that encourage the growth of bluegrass, crabgrass, sedges, chickweed, and other weed seeds. Bermuda grass spotted spurge, quack grass, and other weed that strives in dry soil can become a problem in dry surfaces if you water the lawn too little. Ideally, you must space out the frequency of watering the lawn but do it sincerely to ensure that it receives about an inch of water every week. Use an empty tuna can to determine the water penetration you achieve to help maintain the desired level.
Maintaining proper turf height is essential. If you mow too low, the grass leaf loses its ability to produce enough nutrients and in the process weakens the turf. It allows sunlight to hit the ground surface that encourages the growth of goosegrass seeds and crabgrass to sprout and grow. Maintaining a mowing height between 2 and 4 inches at the highest level is the standard recommendation of lawn care experts.
Sometimes soil problems encourage weed growth, and you must learn to identify it correctly. By doing correct landscaping to rectify the problem, you can ensure that the soil encourages grass growth over weed growth. If you observe the growth of ground ivy, it is a sign of damp soil, or maybe there is too much shade. Correcting the condition will prevent weed growth.