Weed Control – How to Prevent Weeds from Taking Control of Your Yard

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If bees are public enemy #1 for most farmers, lawn owners and gardeners tend to view weeds with very much the same perception. Weeds are non-native plants that are unwanted in a certain place and time and can be very much harmful to your plants and even public amenity.

It’s imperative that you prevent weeds from taking control of your backyard so that you don’t end up with a grass-full lawn that doesn’t have any alive plants and flowers and also sandwiches ugly plant weeds between the blades of your grass. Below are some methods you can use to prevent weeds from taking control of your lawn.

Reduce the area that weeds grow

The ideal way to prevent weeds from growing is to reduce their area. You’ll need to do this if you’ve planned on letting your lawn grow pretty much continuously but at the same time haven’t invest a great deal of time in designing the perfect lawn. For best results, get rid of all the grass that is already growing on your lawn and start from scratch. But the best part of this method is that even the best-laid plans can be easily foiled. By using a sprinkler system or hand-watering your grass, you can easily control the amount of water the grass receives and thereby ensuring that the largest amount of it is absorbed by the soil.

Control the weeds that are resistant to weed killers

Dandelions, bindweed, and crabgrass are some of the weeds that are very likely to become resistant to weed killers. If these weeds are allowed to become well-established, they can often resist more than one round of weed killer. In addition, weeds that are able to grow in an area where other plants are growing are often immune to weed killer.

Don’t use undiluted weed killer

Undiluted weed killer is probably the most popular and most widely used product in the world and is used extensively by lawn owners and gardeners alike. The arguments for and against using undiluted weed killer seem to be apparent at this point, but the truth is that it is not clear cut. Undiluted killer kills all plant life it comes into contact with regardless of whether that is weeds, grass or other plant life. Using it on lawns that have weed problems can be disastrous and many homeowners make the mistake of trying to kill all weeds.

First however, undiluted killer should be used with caution. The reason for this is that some weed seeds are able to germinate before the growth of the weed itself even appears, so the weed killer can interfere with the development of the weed’s seedlings. Later in the weeds’ life, it can kill the original weed as well as any grass or other plant life that is adjacent to the weed.

Potassium is a great weed killer

Without specifying which weed killers you should use, all weed control products have a few things in common which ensure they work effectively. They all have a high pH, meaning that they kill rapidly andlocally, killing the weed pest, preventing them from growing, and also because they’re a good pools of nutrients for soil organisms. By loving the right maintenance shingle at the right time, you can kill unwanted plant life and not have to worry about the seeds of your problem plants germinating either.

A great side effect of potassium derived from natural sources is that the material, called potash, is actually an essential nutrient for plant life. Without it, plants will easily die. As a result, this is a good way to control certain weeds without having to kill off crops and disturb soil organisms. Potassium can be found in manure, well-rotted garden compost or fresh dug garden soil.

A high pH is unhealthy soil

If your soil is too high in alkaline conditions, your garden will notice that it is dividing certain areas that stem from the roots. The plants will be stunted in their growth or simply die. To avoid this, you could add large amounts of compost or manure to the soil. You can also use aerodynamics interactive software to monitor conditions. If the soil is already high in acid, then sulfur or lime may be added to lower the pH. You should do this about three to four weeks before planting to prevent the soil from changing too drastically.

All in all, garden soil is a reasonable setting for a garden.