Weeds are plants that are competitive, persistent and interfere negatively with human activity. In fact, 1 dandelion plant makes up to 15,000 seeds, each of which can survive 6 years in soil, creating 15,000 more seeds once sprouted! Weeds simply take over!
Characteristics of Weeds:
- Abundant seed production
- Rapid population
- Seed dormancy
- Long term survival
- Ability to occupy sited disturbed by human activity
Common Lawn Weeds:
- Spotted spurge
- Common chickweed
- White clover
- Common nettle
- Ground ivy
How To Control Weeds:
- Crowd Out Weeds: The key to controlling weeds in your yard, is to grow a thick, healthy lawn so that weeds have no place to establish; weeds take root where they can find space and sun. You can achieve a lush lawn by fertilizing (but not too much), watering deeply and infrequently, mowing high and correcting any soil issues.
- Hand Weeding: The best solution for small lawns without an overwhelming amount of weeds is hand weeding. Pull the weeds while they are still young (before the have flowered) and ensure to pull the entire plant, especially the root.
- Herbicides: This should be used as a last resort. When selecting an herbicide, find one labeled as safe for the type of turf you have and that targets the kind of weeds you’re dealing with. Each product may have different conditions so make sure to read the directions carefully! When it comes to herbicides there are 3 types: preemergence herbicides, postemergence herbicides and weed & feed products (which both fertilizes and kills weeds).
“Weeds are like nature’s graffiti”