Weeds: What You Need To Know

A healthy lawn will fend off weeds on its own

 Thick grass effectively blocks out much the sunlight that weeds need to grow.  Our strategy is focused on growing a healthy lawn over blanket herbicide use.  Weeds do always find a way and you should remove them quickly before they become a larger problem. We’ve highlighted a few of the popular weeds that you’ll see in and around your lawn.

DANDELIONS

Nature designed these daisy-like weeds to survive. Their roots can reach up to 10 inches long which does not make getting rid of them any easier. This all goes back to one of our favorite things to tell you: the best way to stop them from taking over your yard is to ensure that your lawn’s soil is healthy (we test that for you with the soil kit in your first shipment) because dandelions are attracted to bare spots.

How to get rid of it:

  • Pull the dandelions up with some of this guidance:
    • water your lawn first to make them come up easier
    • use a dandelion remover or spade like this one
    • ensure to take up the entire taproot and try your hardest not to break
  • Use an iron-based, natural herbicide.

How to keep them from coming back:

    1. Keep your lawn and its soil well fed with nutrients so grass grows thick. Don’t cut your grass too short. Mow at a high setting (2-3 inches).
    2. Fill in the bare patches in your lawn before they attract more dandelion growth.
    3. Leave your clippings right where they fall to help nourish your lawn

One cool thing about them: The greens can be used in salads (they’re already in mesclun mix!).

CRABGRASS

Everyone has a right to their own opinion but isn’t crabgrass just the ugliest weed you ever did see? Due to its ugliness, it’s crucial to ensure that you don’t let the seeds of these weeds germinate. Which comes down to maintaining a healthier, strong lawn.

How to get rid of it:

    • Smother it – cover it with a brick, tile or a large black tarp to block the weed from getting sunlight. It takes about 4 – 6 weeks for it to die using this approach. Once it’s dead, remove it and rake the surface where it once was an reseed with quality turf seed.
    • Pour boiling water on the weed – this is a favorite of ours. It’s important to make sure that you just pour the boiling water on the crabgrass and this will kill other plants around the crabgrass.

How to prevent it:

    • Mow high – Keep grass healthy and thick by mowing high, removing no more than ⅓ of grass blades at any one time. Mowing high will reduce space for weed growth.
    • Be proactive with weeds – Early in the growing season during the spring, weed early before crabgrass gets the chance to spread. Use a weeding tool (even a screwdriver will work) to pull the crabgrass out with its root, and discard in a compostable or plastic bag to prevent seeds from spreading.
    • Overseed – This important landscaping technique is key to crowding out crabgrass and other unwanted weeds. Depending on where you live, you’ll overseed your lawn in the fall (for North lawns) or spring (for South lawns) so that desirable grasses grow thicker.  
    • Water deep – Watering less frequently but deeper will promote longer, healthier root growth for your lawn and can dry out more shallow-rooted weeds like crabgrass.
    • Aerate – To reduce soil compaction and weeds from taking root, aerate your lawn as it’ll ensure your lawn’s soil is getting enough oxygen and nutrients to be healthy.

BINDWEED

They’re a problematic, persistent vining plant that weaves its way across lawns and gardens as well as fences—pretty much anything in its path. It’s root system is tough to kill and can survive its vines being cut or herbicide treatment.

How to get rid of it:

    • Cut it back
    • Pour boiling hot water on it.
    • Spray it with non-toxic, natural herbicides like vinegar or baking soda or a store bought iron-based herbicide.

One kind-of-cool thing about it: Bindweed can be used in lieu of twine when tying and staking plants