It’s been an unusually busy week for guest posts on my blog. Like many things left to chance, I will have no requests for weeks, then 4 in one day. I try to be a good curator, only accepting posts that I find interesting and that relate to food, cooking or gardening. I get a lot of requests for gambling sites…. Apparently they don’t actually know what my blog is about. (I’m not opposed to gambling, BYW, but i look on it as a social endeavor with in-person, human contact, which leaves out online gambling)
Lawn care is different here than in the U.S. We don’t water it, for example, and look at the dry spell in August, when it goes brown, as a welcome respite from the constant mowing. It’s always lush and green again by the middle of September. During the dry-spell the grass dies back, but not the weeds. We still have weeds that we need to deal with….
What really intrigued me in this post is the last paragraph. If we lived in a house with a postage-stamp lawn like we had in Ireland I would definitely install artificial grass. I know people who have it and they love it…. no care; no worries.
4 Steps to Getting Rid Of Weeds on Your Lawn for Good
A lawn that has weeds looks ugly. The worst is that you can’t enjoy walking on it due to the irritation that you will get from the weeds. If you allow them to persist for long, they will derive nutrients from the grass, leaving it with pale patches. The reason why it’s not easy to get rid of them is because they are able to withstand tough weather conditions and they are hardly affected by diseases like other plants. In fact, they can easily attract pests that can spread diseases to humans and pets. Here is a list of things to get rid of weeds on your lawn for good.
- Weeding by Hand
If the weeds are not intense, you can opt to remove them by hand. However, this method can only be effective in a small lawn and if the weeds are still in their early ages of growth. Besides that, you have to be ready to get your hands dirty because pulling out individual weeds from the soil is obviously a cumbersome task. To get started, you will need to have a pair of cotton gloves to protect your hands from the irritation and allergies that might be triggered by coming into direct contact with the weeds.
You will also need to use a trowel for digging out each weed plant. For best results, make sure you remove the weeds with their entire root systems. This helps in ensuring that the weeds don’t grow back. You should then gather such weeds and burn them. If you leave them lying on the ground, they will definitely grow again and you will have to keep weeding them every now and then.
- Use Herbicides
Herbicides are basically chemical compounds that are used to prevent weeds from growing. Some are designed to be selective while others will literally kill any plant that they come into contact with. But since you are only interested in eliminating weeds, you should opt for a selective herbicide because you can apply it randomly all over the lawn without worrying that it will kill the grass. However, if by any chance you happen to have a non-selective herbicide, you can still use it on individual weeds. This means you will need to use a small sprayer instead of a knapsack sprayer. It’s also important you wear protective clothing such as gloves, mask and gumboots to prevent the herbicide from coming into direct contact with your body.
- Mowing and Fertilizer Application
Mowing the grass to a high level encourages it to grow taller when the rains come. This helps in ensuring that the grass’s growth overshadows that of the weeds, which in return causes them to die due to inability to access light and nutrients. Besides that, it’s advisable you apply some fertilizer after every 6 weeks. This is known to boost the growth of grass. When there is thick grass cover on your lawn, there will be no space for weeds to grow.
Mulching helps in preventing the growth of weeds. It also helps in conserving soil moisture and structure. You have the choice of using artificial or organic mulch material. Organic mulching is done using natural plants, especially the grass after it has been cut with a mower. The downside is that the natural mulch material might create breeding grounds for pests and diseases that might later affect the health of your lawn. It’s actually recommended you spread an artificial mulch material such as Easigrass. Such mulch is designed to blend with natural grass. The other advantage is that it’s something you install on your lawn once and for all.
Next up: Bread Baking Babes, followed by more summer recipes