Keeping your lawn and garden weed free will beautify your yard and will allow the grass and plants that you want to have the room to flourish. When you get weeds, though, how do you deal with them? Especially without weed killers that can hurt plants and grass in your garden that you want to keep! There are many organic and safe methods to prevent weeds from taking root. Here are four ways to keep your lawn and garden weed free this spring and summer and well into next year.
Ideal Mowing Heights
While it is tempting to cut your grass as short as possible to avoid cutting it as often, this can be detrimental to keeping weeds at bay. A dense and lush lawn is capable of crowding out weeds. There are optimal heights for various grass types. Learn what kind of grass you have in your yard and then base how tall you cut grass around that. Here are the ideal mowing heights for the following grass types:
- Bahia Grass – 2 to 3 inches
- Bent Grass – 1/4 to 3/4 inches
- Bermuda Grass – 1/2 to 1 inch
- Blue Grama Grass – 2 to 3 inches
- Buffalo Grass – 2 to 3 inches
- Carpetgrass – 1 to 2 inches
- Centipedegrass – 1 to 2 inches
- Chewing Hard or Red Fescue – 1.5 to 2.5 inches
- Kentucky Bluegrass – 1.5 to 3 inches
- Perennial Ryegrass – 1.5 to 3 inches
- St. Augustine Grass – 1 to 3 inches
- Tall Fescue Grass – 1.5 to 3 inches
- Zoysia Grass – 1/2 to 1 inch
While not organic, using herbicide is an option for getting rid of weeds and preventing them early in the spring. There are three main types of weeds:
- Annual grassy weeds
- Broadleaf weeds
- Perennial grassy weeds
To get rid of annual grassy weeds you want to start as early as possible before they have germinated. Apply a preemergent herbicide in the spring, which will also kill broadleaf weeds. If you missed applying herbicide in the spring, then you can spot-kill annual grassy weeds and perennial grassy weeds as they sprout up. Wear rubber gloves underneath cloth gloves and wipe herbicide directly to the plant – you can also spray the individual weed patches. If you have a yard full of broadleaf weeds, then you will want to use a broadcast weed killer. When there are only a few broadleaf weeds, then you can use targeted sprays, or you can remove the weed at the root.
You want to water your yard every so often, but very thoroughly. Many weeds have very short roots and so when you overwater it gives them the optimal environment to grow in. You want to keep the moisture levels in your lawn and garden high but not the topmost layer.
You can use mulch in both your garden and on your lawn. In your garden put down a thicker layer of mulch. Mulch keeps weeds from being able to grow as it blocks their seeds from the sun, which is critical in their grown. You can topdress your lawn with well-decomposed compost and then rake it in to keep weeds at bay.
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