How to Handle Weeds When They’re Growing Out of Control

Weeds are a nuisance; there’s no doubt about it. And weeding? Even more annoying. Keep these weeding tips in your back pocket to ensure your yard always looks its best.

Feed Your Yard

Every spring, you should be spreading weed and feed across the entirety of your yard. This helps ensure your lawn is fed before the summer season while simultaneously preventing weeds from growing. While it may feel like a one-and-done solution, that’s not always the case. So, consider weed and feed the first step in your weed-killing journey.

Re-Feed Your Yard

That’s right, one feeding isn’t enough. In a single season, you should hit your lawn with a spring feeding, a midsummer feeding, and a pre-fall feeding. The product you use and the frequency you feed will vary depending on your yard. That said, when you perform this task regularly, you are more likely to see healthy results.

Water Your Lawn

Believe it or not, if you deprive your lawn of water, you’re leaving more room for weeds to pop up. In most cases, the rain will do the work for you. But if you live in a dry climate, adjust your watering habits accordingly by activating sprinklers as often as needed (unless, of course, you live in a region that is currently experiencing severe drought conditions).

Pull Weeds at the Root

Whether the weeds are growing throughout your grass or rising up through the flowerbeds, manual weeding is sometimes necessary. When that’s the case, it’s important that you remove those weeds correctly. If you don’t pull out the entirety of a weed, including the roots), it will likely grow back quickly. The only surefire way to ensure a weed is gone – and gone for good – is to make sure you leave nothing behind.

Keep Your Grass High

This may seem counterintuitive, but longer grass is more likely to prevent the growth of weeds. High grass essentially blocks off the soil from seeds on the move, preventing them from taking root in your yard. While you should still cut your grass regularly, just set your mower a little higher to give your lawn more protection.

Use Natural Remedies

Last but not least, there are several natural remedies for weed problems. For instance, pouring boiling water on weeds is said to kill them and prevent them from growing back. Additionally, some people use spray bottles of concentrated vinegar to target weeds.

These tips will not only help you cut back on unwanted weeds but also nip them in the bud before they become a problem in the future.

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