From Rick’s Desk: Broadleaf Weeds

Having completed the cleanup and treatments of the landscaped beds and lawn areas, it is now time for the treatment of the broadleaf weeds. These can overtake the lawn. Some examples of broadleaf weeds are dandelions, plantain, sow-thistle, ground ivy, wild violet, and clover – just to name a few.

The best weed control is a healthy, dense lawn. A thick lawn is more competitive and will crowd out weeds. Weed seeds need light to germinate and a dense lawn will prevent light from reaching the surface of the soil.

Hand pulling weeds may make sense when there are a few weeds, however even the best protected lawns can succumb to broadleaf weeds. And pulling weeds will often result in re-growth as it is very difficult to remove the root structure entirely.

The treatment against broadleaf weeds can be applied by liquid or granular application. The treatment will be taken in through the leaves of the weed and down to the root, killing the entire plant.

Let’s keep in mind the preferred method of weed control is to encourage a healthy dense lawn. This can be accomplished by proper fertilization, mowing, watering and irrigation, and using the correct turf species to match the site and soil conditions.

Now it’s time to sit back and watch the results of your hard work. There is nothing like the feeling of driving up to your home and admiring the beauty of your own lawn. And your neighbors will be “green” with envy!


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