Hand weed mixed borders and use a hoe to clear annual weeds from bare soil between plants. Perennial weeds can be removed by hand where practicable or killed with a spot treatment weed killer. Large weeds are easier to treat with a glyph sate based baked potato toppings, ready to use spray, but cover all nearby ornamental plants with a plastic sheet before spraying and leave the sheet in position until the spray is dry. For lawns, remove isolated weeds by hand using an old knife or a special weeding tool. Alternatively, kill them using a spot weed killer.
If the weed problem is more widespread, it is more efficient to use a specially formulated lawn weed killer. Where moss is also a problem it is a good idea to use a combined moss and weed killer treatment in spring. In patio and paths, remove individual weeds by hand using an old knife or a special weeding tool. Alternatively, kill them with a spot weed killer. Where the problem is really widespread you need to use a path weed killer, which will kill existing weeds and prevent further weed problems for the rest of the year.
If there are no ornamental plants, dig over the entire area, hand weeding as you go. If this is not practicable, remove all the top growth and cover the area with black plastic or old carpet for a few years. A glyph sate based weed killer is another option. Stubborn weeds, such as bramble, may need several applications, or you could use the more potent chemical, sodium chlorate, although you will not be able to plant the treated area for at least six weeks afterwards. Deep rooted perennial weeds that have long, penetrating roots are best forked up. Loosen the roots with a fork, and hold the stem close to its base as you pull up the whole plant.
If you do not get the entire root out, the plant may re-grow. Hoeing is one of the best forms of annual weed control, but it needs to be done fairly regularly. Slice the weeds off just beneath the soil, preferably when the soil is dry. Keep beds and borders as well as the vegetable garden hoed throughout the growing season. Contact chemical weed killers are useful if you need to clear an area of ground quickly and easily. Some types, which normally kill only the top growth, so are better for annuals than problem perennial weeds, leave the area safe to replant after a day.
One of the most asked-about questions in lawn care is: How do i prevent weeds from growing on my lawn? There are certainly many effective ways to treat the weed problems on your lawn. However, the key to a weed-free lawn is to prevent weeds from growing in the first place. It would take a lot less time, effort and cost to prevent weed infestation than it would be to fight it.
If your lawn is overgrown with weeds, it’s a sign that something is wrong with your lawn. The first thing most people want to do is just simply spray weed killers to solve the problem. However, using a weed killer is only treating the symptom and not the disease. Other people feel that planting more grass seeds will help. But again, it does not solve the underlying problem that’s causing weeds to take over your lawn.
Instead of being on the defensive, you need to be proactive if you want a beautiful-looking lawn. Concentrate on improving the environment for your grass by getting quality topsoil and practice regular lawn care maintenance. Doing so will make your grass healthy and discourage weed growth.
At the beginning of the mowing season, spend a weekend getting your lawn ready for the upcoming season. Aerate your lawn using an aerator to break up the compacted soil. This will allow water, oxygen and nutrients to disperse more easily and promote the growth of healthy roots. And throughout the mowing season, keep your lawn healthy by proper mowing, watering, and fertilizing when necessary. Keep in mind that it’s perfectly normal to have an occasional weed issue even after taking all the preventative measures. In that case, just use spot treatments with weed killing solutions and your lawn should be fine.
If your lawn is in really bad shape and you just cannot wait several growing seasons for it to become weed-free, you will have to dig out all the weeds and poor soil. Replace them with high quality topsoil, then either replant with grass seed or put down some sod. This will require a lot of effort and can be quite expensive, but it’s the only way to quickly transform your lawn. So, if you have the financial resources, you might want to just outsource the work to an experienced landscaper.