If left to grow unchecked, a small weed problem can very quickly become a large one, taking over your entire lawn. Anyone who has ever dealt with things like crabgrass, dandelion, creeping charlie or the like realized very quickly that simply mowing would not do the trick. Their rooting is much too close to the ground and this makes it nearly impossible to simply cut the problem away. When a weed problem grows, it smothers the grass, causing unsightly spots and a lack of greening, or worse, patches where there is no longer any grass at all. For people who have worked very hard at creating a vibrant, lush lawn, this can destroy a great deal of hard work, but there are things that you can do to not only get rid of weeds, but prevent this from happening. In this article we highlight weeding tips in Florida.
The first step is ensuring the grass itself is healthy, and doing this is all about making sure that your soil is healthy. Fertilizing on a consistent basis and being able to maintain optimal levels of nitrogen, potash and phosphates. Even when this is done, though, weeds are very resourceful and can still become an issue, and that is when you need to work on taking care of the problem before it becomes serious. There are many options in this and initially it may be a little confusing to sort through and figure out what is the right solution for your weed related issues, but, it all boils down to the needs of your lawn.
If you have a specific weed issue, such as dandelions, often there are products that take care of just those issues. Other times, there are combination products, such as a weed and feed, which can be beneficial as well.
When you do use weed and feeds, it is always best to apply them first thing in the morning, as early as possible. Applying twice, the same way you would with seeding the area is usually best and a good application is half the rate, twice over in a crissed crossed pattern. For a few days, do not water or mow your yard, and be sure to keep the kids and pets away from that area, at least while the weeding agent does its work. If prior to, you have already mowed, then you may want to look at where the weeds are located before you lay the weed and feed- and then you can gently uproot the various sections that you can and this may help. Be careful though, as some weeds shake loose their seeding when you do this, and that seed goes right into the newly disturbed soil from an uprooting.
Being able to keep a weed free lawn is an overall result of a regular routine of maintenance that will ensure that you catch the weeds before they become a major issue. Once they do set in, it can be difficult to rid yourself of them, but not impossible. Taking care of your lawn and keeping it weed free takes time and effort but is very well worth it.