Earlier this week we overheard someone say they couldn’t wait for summer to really begin. It’s true, the past week has brought some (well needed) rain to Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire! The summer holidays may have felt a bit like a washout, but in the lawn care business we’re already preparing for Autumn. If the Autumn of 2019 is anything like the past few years’, it’s likely to be mild with some rain… perfect conditions for the weeds in your lawn to grow! Treating weeds in Autumn is always recommended as they often experience one last growth spurt thanks to the mild, wet weather before lying dormant throughout winter ready to reappear in the spring.
What are weeds?
The term ‘weed’ gets a lot of coverage in the worlds of gardening & horticulture. Advertising has often depicted weeds as the enemy of the garden. Weeds are simply a different plant species growing in an unwanted place! However, they can cause issues when they deprive the grass in your lawn from the water & nutrients it needs to grow. Some weeds grow well because their seeds are spread throughout the garden through the air (for example, dandelion seeds) and others have strong root networks that spread under the surface of the soil. If you would like to keep the grass in your lawn healthy, it’s important to treat the weeds.
How can I tell I have weeds in my lawn?
You can spot weeds quite easily. Many of the common lawn weeds have flowers, for example dandelions, buttercups and daisies. Others, like coarse-leaved grasses, can make your lawn look patchy or uneven. Weeds are typically pretty robust and tend to stay green during periods of drought, when grass species turn brown.
Treating a weed yourself
There are two general methods for treating weeds in your lawn. Firstly, you can spot treat with weed killing chemicals. This method requires less manual work as there isn’t any digging involved, however, some weed species can be particularly robust and may need multiple treatments. Also, different species may need different chemicals to kill them. The RHS has compiled a list of the most common weeds and the recommended chemicals to control them here.
Alternatively, you can remove some weeds the manual way by digging them out. If they have a rosette shape, you can dig them out with a hand fork. If you have a weed species growing that has creeping roots, you can also try raking your lawn before you mow it to help stop it spreading.
How ProLawnCare can help
One of the best ways to prevent a weed overgrowth is by keeping the grass in your lawn as healthy as possible so it takes up optimum space and leaves less space for weeds to take hold. We understand how important it is to keep your lawn healthy, so weed control is a key component of all of our treatment plan packages. During the Autumn months, we carry out careful weed control for our customers when we’re applying our Autumn feed to their lawns. That way, we can make sure we’re giving the grass every opportunity to thrive whilst also limiting the extent to which weeds can grow.