Every North Texas homeowner holds their own ideal when it comes to cultivating a picturesque, well-manicured lawn. But in today’s culture, we want our aesthetics and our values to align.
This is why we at Frisco Lawn Pros have done some homework about how to obtain- and maintain- a weed-free lawn without killing your grass or overusing harsh chemicals.
Do you really know what your options are when it comes to lawn maintenance?
You’ll be surprised at how many methods you have to choose from when it comes to keeping your landscape free of weeds without harming your landscape.
Let’s take a look at some earth-friendly options for prevention and maintenance:
Avoiding Weeds Naturally
Time and again, our experts at Frisco Lawn Pros have reinforced the importance of propagating a healthy ground cover in order to prevent invasive species. It really is just like maintaining your own physical health: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! If you’re looking for natural weed control, there are a lot of options.
So what does that look like when it comes to weed prevention?
- Water! Seriously, we cannot stress this enough. And it’s not about watering as much or as often as possible; it’s about watering effectively. Most North Texas grasses need 1-1.5 inches of water per week. For deep watering in specific areas, using a garden hose is often more effective than a sprinkler system.
Watering deeply- and less often- is actually more effective than watering 3-4 times per week. Why? The brief dry periods allow your grass’s roots to reach more deeply into the soil, which strengthens it and decreases the possibility of weeds taking root. Quite simply, a thick top layer of blades, plus a dense root system, leaves very little room for invasive species to set up shop in your yard.
- Mulch! That’s right, something so simple can add a lovely aesthetic to your landscape, while effectively protecting your flowerbeds.
Adding a layer of mulch around trees, and in your flower gardens, is a fantastic way to prevent unwanted weeds from taking root. In addition to protecting the topsoil, the mulch will ultimately add nutrients to the ground as it begins to break down.
- Fertilize! Make sure you know the specific needs of your ground cover, as each grass is different. Most North Texas grasses require nitrogen-rich fertilizers. But there are still some specifics to pay attention to, especially when it comes to your ground’s soil.
Minding the balance and scheduling of your fertilization routine can make a world of difference when it comes to weed control. Too much of a certain nutrient can cause overgrowth of some weeds, while too little can thin out your grass and make it vulnerable. If you’re not sure which way to go, here is some additional information.
- Mow high! Keeping your grass longer has multiple benefits. Not only are you allowing your grass blades to shade and protect your topsoil, but you are also protecting the thatch.
Any extra layers you can keep in place will protect your ground cover from allowing invasive plants to take root. Set your mower a bit higher and enjoy the feel of long, soft grass between your toes. And appreciate that doing so also protects your yard from unwanted weeds.
- Overseeding! If you notice a spot in your lawn that’s thinning or looking a bit dry, a fantastic natural method of weed control is simply to overseed that area.
This is in keeping with our previous advice about how a dense, healthy lawn is resistant to weeds. Weak spots in your grass need some extra TLC in order to thrive, so they don’t become a hotspot for invasive species.
Getting Rid of Weeds
There are many methods of ridding your yard of weeds. Some require chemicals, while other simply require some creativity.
- Corn gluten meal: This can be bought at many local grocery stores, and it works effectively as a pre-emergent herbicide. It simply changes the soil in such a way that weeds cannot take root and propagate.
- Steam guns: That’s right! Get a steam gun from your local gardening shop and hit those weeds with a blast of heat that they cannot sustain.
- Boiling water: This is the same concept as using a steam gun. As long as you’re careful about spot-treatment, in order to avoid harming surrounding grass, you can kill weeds with boiling-hot water. Just be careful!
- Home remedies: You can mix 1oz vodka with 2 cups of water, or 4 cups vinegar with ¼ cup of salt, and spot-spray your weeds. A mix of water and borax is equally effective. Again- just be sure you’re careful with aim, so as not to harm your grass.
- Chemical herbicides: As we’ve mentioned with the more natural treatments, selective herbicides should be used with precision to protect your lawn. Be sure you select a product that targets the type of weeds you’re combating, and pay special attention to the borders and cement cracks in your overall landscape.
Weeds are always a pain to deal with, no matter the size of your lawn or what kind of grass you’ve got. Protecting your landscape while combating invasive plants can be tricky because you don’t want to harm the greenery you’ve worked so hard to cultivate.
What we hope for you is that, with these tips, you now feel better equipped to care for your yard in a manner that is both safe and effective.
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