Even when you have tried many treatments to prevent weeds, they still find a way to annoy you and make your lawn looksvery messy.
Imagine one day, you are mowing your lawn with a push reel mower, and you suddenly find out that the weed have already invaded your lawn. It’s such a disaster, right?
Therefore, it is the time when we have to use drastic method to eliminate them. We should resolve weeds at one time than continue to be annoyed by these uninvited guests.
TYPES OF WEEDS
Before learning how to remove weeds, let see how many types of weeds that can occur in your lawn. This will help you to recognize them, as well as choose the right chemical products.
This is one of the most common types that can occur in your lawn. Grassy weeds are classified into three small types: grassy winter annual weeds, grassy summer annual weeds, and grassy perennial weeds. They have the same appearance: they all look similar to grass. Therefore, many of us confuse whether these are grass or weed, and whether we should remove them or not. The difference between these three types is that grassy perennial weedis hard to remove in lawn, and there are only few brands of herbicide that can be used to treat them.
Broadleaf weeds are the general name of dandelions, oxalis, and clover. For the first time, you may see them very beautiful and not harmful, but they are actually taking nutrients from your soil so that your grass cannot grow healthily. Luckily, this type is very easy to identify. They usually have large or tiny leave with rounded shapes. Once you see their pictures on the internet, you will recognize them when you see them in real.
Sedge weeds also looks similar to grass, but they are not grass. They have solid un-jointed stems and usually grow in moist area. You can find some common sedges like wild onion, wild garlic, and yellow nutsedge. Once they appear in your lawn, they will spread rapidly and aggressively. It is one of the reasons that make it hard to kill than the two types above. Moreover, not every herbicidecan kill it effectively. You must choose the specialized products for treating sedges to remove them.
Let Kill Them All!
Chemical products give us fast and effective results. However, they should be the last option, because chemical products affect on the people and lawn health too. Moreover, some chemistries can remain on your lawn for up to 10 months. Therefore, all outdoor activities will be limited for a long time. Thus, try these “natural” treatments:
Using boiling dihydrogen monoxide
You can prepare this at home. It’s very simple and the least harmful. What you need to do is boil a big pot of dihydrogen monoxide (water) with stove, and then pour it over weeds. This method can be used to treat weeds at sidewalk, driveway cracks, or large area before reseeds. Most importance is it doesn’t leave any chemistry on your lawn. However, once you apply it, flowers or plants around the poured area might be killed too.
Simple spicy can help you deal with our uninvited guests. Combine rock salt with vinegar with the ratio 1:1, and then spray it on the weeds. To get higher result, you can add citrus, clove oil, or even liquid soap. In fact, these ingredients it selves have abrasive effect that cause high temperature to the objects that have contacted them. Therefore, this mixture will make weeds weaken. Besides, this recipe can be used to treat weed spots, meanwhile not harming grass and other plants. You can use this method after mowing your lawn with a self-propelled mower to increase the efficiency of it.
Fire like you don’t care
This non-chemical treatment helps you kill weed almost immediately. By using a flam-weeder available in almost gardening stores. A little flame with heat can kill weeds, but not burn the whole house. However, this method can burn other grass as well and it is only suitable in case you intend to reseed lawn.
Herbicides are the most effective option among all. We’ve learned how to determine types of lawn weeds in the first part of this article. Now, it’s time to choose herbicides. Herbicides are classified into several types that you don’t need to know all of them. Here are some common terms that are usually seen on the package:
Pre-emergent herbicide is the herbicide that prevents weed’s seeds to germinate. We usually apply this before any sign of weeds appear. On the other hand, this type of herbicides is used for treating grassy weeds, and it doesn’t affect the established lawn.
Pre-emergent herbicides also work best in treating weed spots. In case you want to limit chemistry using in your lawn, then use this one with small pressure prayer over the spot.
If the previous herbicides are mainly used for treating before seeing the sign of weeds, then this one is to kill existing weeds. Post-emergent herbicide kill weed by attacking the foliage or flow systemically to the roots of weed. This type of herbicides can be used for both grassy weeds and broadleaf weeds.
Unlike pre-emergent herbicide, this killer requires attention when applying to lawn for best results. Generally, post-emergent weed killer is applied in a clear and cool day, when the temperature isn’t too high (12-16 ̊C) and it has no rain. Meanwhile, never spray this product on a windy day, as it could influence to your family safety and to your own health. Finally, read the instruction from manufacturers carefully to ensure that you’ve applied the right rate and amount.
Not all post-emergent herbicides can treat sedges. In fact, there aren’t many products treating them. But you can still find available products that treat yellow and purple sedges. For the rest sedge weeds, we need to identify them first, then choose appropriate method to remove them for best result.
Weeds are enemies of grass. They will invade your lawn once they take all nutrients in soil. Therefore, we should always prepare a weed removing solution, in case any sign of them appear. Removing weed isn’t hard. I believe that with the information above, you will know when to take action and how to choose the right herbicide. This article hasn’t covered all knowledge about weed removing, but it’s enough for a home gardener to have a beautiful and green lawn.