In the state of nearly perpetual summer, weed control can be a bit of a challenge as there isn’t a great time for them to freeze out. This makes constant vigilance the name of the game when battling your weeds.
Whether you are trying to be proactive about your weed control (good for you!) or going on the attack of the green varmints, some tips and strategies are important to remember in the Florida sun that will make the job much easier.
1. To Every Season…
Even in the Sunshine State, we experience our special version of “seasons.” Because our temps stay so high through the majority of the year, depending on the method of weed control you’re choosing, we have an even smaller window of time than most other places that have traditional seasons.
Certain temperatures are best to apply preemergent treatments, different temperatures for spreading fertilizer, and different temperatures for pulling weeds by hands. For example, the window for early treatment is when most other places are still in the throws of winter, around February, and is a very short window.
Seasoned professionals are well versed in what season is best for properly treating weeds, and the Premier team is just the group of experts to weather this strategy.
2. How Fertilization Helps
Many of you may be thinking that fertilization is just the opposite of what would be needed in weed control – after all, fertilizer helps things grow, right? So it would help weeds grow, too, right? Not quite.
It’s correct that fertilizer is an important part of the recipe that helps living things thrive and grow. The grass that is being fed this wonderful food then can’t help but grow thicker, more. When the grass crowds together in the soil, going deep and strong, the environment becomes crowded, making it difficult for weeds to shove their way in to take over.
Fertilizer encourages the growth of the good stuff so exponentially that weeds are left with no space to exist in. This makes it one of the most versatile tools in your lawn maintenance arsenal.
3. Get Out Ahead of Weeds
The very best solution to any weed problem is if there isn’t a weed problem to start with. Being proactive with weed control can help save many headaches throughout the thick of their growing season.
But how? You’re understandably leery of putting harsh chemicals on your lawn, aren’t sure how to go about applying any treatments, and are scared of negatively affecting the healthy plants and grass you want to grow. All of these concerns are valid. However, preemergent lawn treatments, when done properly, very well, could nip any weed problems you may have in the bud.
Applying the right preemergent solution to your lawn is like putting together a puzzle – you have to make sure that all the pieces line up correctly. From when to apply it to what solution is best for your weed problem to how much to apply are all intricacies that your professionals know intimately. For this reason, it is a job best left to them.
4. Put In the Elbow Grease
Sometimes you don’t have the opportunity to catch weeds before they happen and might have to literally nip them in the bud – or better yet, yank those suckers out. While it may not be the most fun job in the world and should only be done when there are very few weeds to deal with, it can be somewhat satisfying to dig deep, getting those weeds out, root and all.
If your weed issue isn’t truly out of hand, and they haven’t been allowed to germinate, a good mow is sometimes a good solution as well. Keeping your grass healthy will encourage it to grow thicker, leaving little room for weeds to stay where they are not wanted.
5. Menace the Weeds With Mulch
We can’t say enough great things about mulching. Mulching is all about protecting and serving your soil so the things that you want to grow will grow strong and healthy – and it deprives the things you don’t want to grow (weeds) of all the nutrients and space that they crave.
Mulching acts as a moat, drawbridge, and knight in shining armor all at the same time. A barrier to the rich soil is created when mulch is laid properly, keeping weeds outside your gardens’ castle walls. Mulch also allows for the good stuff to get to your good plants. Plus, mulch looks amazing and can save your lawn from looking humdrum and boring.
6. Maintenance is Key
The truth is: when something, anything, is well maintained, you end up saving yourself the heartache and often a great deal of money over repairing and replacing. This is no different for your outdoor living areas. Lawn maintenance keeps your lawns looking fresh and clean. Most importantly, it keeps your lawns healthy.
The healthier your lawn is, the thicker it becomes. The thicker it becomes, the less room is left for weeds to worm their way in. if they do manage to invade, the weeds can get mowed down and kept at bay with regular mowing and trimming. One of the best parts of regular maintenance is the constant vigilance you will have over your yard space.
7. More Hands Make Lighter Work
We know that all this may seem a bit overwhelming – especially since this is just about weeds. There are many amazing facets of having your dream landscape, including features like irrigation, pest control, and gutter cleaning. The good news is you don’t have to do all this alone. As professionals, we have developed and honed our skills in all these areas and more and can take the hard work off your hands.
Premier Lawn Care is excited to serve Gainesville, Alachua, and High Springs with only the very best service. Our experts are committed to fast and reliable work on every project! Contact us for your free estimate!