Keeping Weeds At Bay

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Weeds are usually native plants to an area that are unsightly and reproduce very quickly and in large quantities. Sometimes, even the removal of them can spread seeds and grow more than were there to begin with.

A few different types have been known to plague the lawns and gardens of many. Some of these include dandelions, Bermuda grass, chickweed, and crab grass.

Not only can these plants be ugly, but they can take nutrients from the soil. They are also very resistant and can spread quickly.

They crowd wanted plants and flowers and often take over their sunlight, which can kill them. They can grow quickly to great heights, and can be thorny.

If you are having issues with weeds taking over space in your lawn or yard, there are ways that you can address them. One of the easiest and most popular ways is through the use of herbicide.

Herbicide is a pesticide that is specifically designed to kill this type of growth. Most of them inhibit the growth and spreading of dandelions, crab grass, etc.

However, you must be very careful when utilizing this type of product, because it can also harm the other flowers and produce surrounding the area that you wish to treat. Visit a home store or nursery if you are unsure about which type of herbicide is appropriate and will not harm your other crops.

The professionals there will be able to help you decide on the best option. You can also ask the advice of a lawn care professional.

They will be extremely helpful when it comes to decided what will and will not be good for your plants. Most lawn care companies will also offer you the option of weed killing treatment; however, it will most likely be an added expense to the usual method of caring for your grass.

If you feel like you can tackle the intruders on your own, then there are a few ways that you can fight them. Those that are worried about synthetic herbicides killing their other crops can make use of organic killers.

These will not be as effective at removing, killing, and preventing the weeds, but your other plants will be safe from harsh chemicals. There are quite a few different types of organic herbicides available, mostly at whole foods stores, farmer's markets, and nurseries.

These may be more expensive than the synthetic kind, so decide beforehand which option is best for you. Mulching is another organic option.

This is the process of laying mulch, made of grass clippings, wood chips, leaves, and or straw, around your plants. It will block out the sunlight that is necessary for weeds to grow.

However, it may be an undertaking, since you will have to replace it frequently for it to be effective. The material itself is organic, and will break down quickly and easily.

Cultivation is another option for those that wish to refrain from using harsher chemicals. It is the process of using equipment to uproot weeds. Proper instruments are a hoe or pick.

This option will take a good amount of effort and will work best temperatures are hot and the soil is dry, because the plants will be smaller. If you are using this method to rid yourself of the invaders, you must be careful not to uproot the surroundings items you wish to stay.

Unfortunately, it is quite simple to hoe a weed and accidentally chop into a valuable plant nearby. Only do this if you are experienced and have a steady hand.

Soil solarization is another process you may want to consider. It uses the sun's radiant heat energy when moist soil is covered by polyethylene plastic during the summer time.

It causes a biological and chemical change to the soil underneath, which usually makes it impossible for most seeds and seedlings to grow. All of these organic methods are great options; however, they may take more work, cost more, and not be as effective as the usual method of using herbicide.

The more you pay attention to the invaders on your lawn, the easier it will be to get rid of them before they can spread and become a bigger problem. Get help from a lawn professional if you are having difficulties, and do your best to keep the areas of your yard from being breeding grounds of weed seeds and seedlings.
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This article was published on 2010/10/01