Luckily, you can bring your lawn back to life by ridding it of weeds and boosting your turf’s health. Here’s how to get rid of weeds in your grass for good.
My lawn is all weeds. What should I do?
Yes! But it may take more time and effort. Spraying vinegar directly on weeds is a natural way to get rid of them. It dries out the plant leaves and kills what’s above the ground.
How to Get Rid of a Lawn Full of Weeds
- Examine your lawn to figure out what weeds you’re dealing with. Since treatments are made to target specific weeds, you’ll need to figure out what’s plaguing your lawn before buying products.
- Choose a treatment made both for the type of weeds and the stage they’re in. If you plan to target weeds in spring before the growing season, you’ll need a pre-emergent. For established weeds, get a post-emergent.
- Kill the weeds by carefully following the directions for both how much product to apply and when to use. Read the bag at least three times before starting to be safe!
- Keep up with a proper lawn maintenance schedule to help keep your lawn weed-free.
and aerate if necessary.
- Give your turf one last short mow and fertilization treatment before winter .
- Come spring, start fresh with pre-emergent and hand pick any lingering weeds.
- Mow your lawn regularly in spring and summer, being careful not to remove more than a third of grass at a time.
Aerating helps alleviate soil compaction.
One weed leads to many more, so deal with weeds as soon as you notice them. Discover why weed control is key and how to do it successfully.
Watch for Problems
Begin by cutting grass with a sharp mower blade that cuts grass cleanly, without tearing or shredding. Proper mowing height depends on the type of grass you are growing. Cut the grass when it reaches about one–third higher than the recommended mowing height. If you do so, you can leave the clipping on the lawn and they will quickly breakdown, adding nutrients and organic matter without building thatch. Vary your mowing pattern to avoid creating ruts. And don’t mow when soil is wet. You can damage the lawn and mess up your mower.
Growing a lawn without weeds is a goal for many homeowners. Truth is, you’ll probably never have a lawn that is 100% free of weeds. However, you can grow a thick, healthy stand of turf. That’s actually the easiest way to keep weeds at bey – grow turf that’s so thick and strong that weeds can’t find a weak spot to take root. Use this checklist to grow the healthiest and most beautiful grass ever.
Different types of grass grow best in different parts of the country. Warm-season grasses are usually best adapted to warmer, more southerly regions. They include Bahiagrass, Bermudagrass, Carpetgrass, St. Augustinegrass and Zoysiagrass. Cool-season grasses are usually grown in colder, more northerly regions but are also adapted to many mild winter areas. They include Fescues, Kentucky Bluegrass and Ryegrasses. Even within these two basic types of grasses, there are varieties that may be better adapted to one area than another. Check with your local Cooperative Extension System office to find out which grasses grow best in your area.