How to Handle Lawn Weeds

Don’t let lawn weeds get you down; fight back with help from Estate!

There are many different methods for fighting weeds, and they depend on what stage the weeds in your lawn are in. If possible, take action early when dealing with lawn weeds, as they spread very quickly.

However, even if weeds have already overtaken your lawn, it's not too late to take control back! 

A picture of a dandelion growing.

Preventative Weed Fighting

Pre-emergent herbicides – The best practice is to prevent lawn weeds before they happen. You can do this by treating your lawn with a pre-emergence herbicide. This will help prevent weeds from taking hold of your turf in the first place. You only have to apply a pre-emergent once per year. Do it in the spring before plants or flowers start to emerge. 

Mulching – Another good way to keep lawn weeds down is to mulch any flower beds, trees, or water features in your lawn. For flower beds, you’ll want to apply an even, two to three-inch layer across the entire bed. For trees, use a three to four-inch layer, and make sure you spread it right up to the tree's trunk. For a water feature, two or three inches of mulch should be fine. Mulch helps keep weeds from popping up in the areas that are hard to get to when you fertilize and mow.

Killing Lawn Weeds

Pulling or digging weeds – If you already have lawn weeds, you’ll want to pull them and dig their roots out with a weeder or cultivator tool. If you have a seriously thick patch of weeds in your lawn, you may want to till up the entire area with a tiller or power cultivator and reseed your grass there.

Post-emergent herbicides – You also may want to spray the weeds with a post-emergence herbicide. This will kill the weeds you have, but be careful; some of these herbicides can also kill your grass. Use weed killer wisely. It’s great to kill a few lawn weeds in a hurry, but they will come back if you don’t do more to prevent them.

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