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Is Killing Weeds Enough to Maintain Your Lawn?

Weeds can ruin a healthy lawn. But getting rid of them isn’t enough to keep your lawn in tip-top shape. You must give grasses other essential needs so they can grow beautiful and lush. This article will discuss all those requirements, plus some maintenance tips.

How to Fully Maintain Your Lawn

Understand Your Lawn’s Requirements

Your lawn may look like any other lawn in your neighborhood—green and lush, ideally. But there sure are differences. Lawns differ in terms of soil and grass type. The nutrients, amount of water, and sunlight the lawn needs also vary. In short, every lawn is unique. So, learning more about your lawn is crucial in determining the best lawn care practices.

  • Grass Type: The type of grass in your lawn plays a crucial role in determining its care requirements. Different grass varieties have varying preferences for sunlight, water, and nutrients. Identify the specific type of grass in your lawn to tailor your care routine accordingly.
  • Soil Quality: Conduct a soil test to determine the soil’s pH, texture, and nutrient levels. Soil testing will also help you understand what amendments, such as lime or compost, may be necessary to improve your lawn’s health.
  • Sunlight: Sunlight is one of the most critical factors for a healthy lawn. Warm-season grasses thrive in full sun, while cool-season grasses prefer shade. Understand the sunlight patterns in your yard to determine the appropriate grass type and ensure it receives the right amount of light.
  • Watering: Lawns need consistent and appropriate watering. The frequency and amount of water needed may vary depending on factors, such as climate, soil type, and grass variety. It’s essential to establish a watering schedule that prevents over- or under-watering.
  • Fertilization: Grass needs essential nutrients to grow and thrive. Learn about the specific nutrient requirements of your grass type and apply the right fertilizer at the correct times of the year.
  • Mowing Practices: The height you mow your lawn can significantly impact its health. Different grass varieties have different ideal mowing heights. Cutting your grass too short can stress it and make it more susceptible to disease and weeds.
  • Pest and Weed Control: Pests and weeds can pop up year-round and harm your lawn. If you wish to keep your lawn lush and healthy, it’s important to control, if not eliminate, weeds and pests.
  • Aeration: Aeration is the process of perforating the soil with small holes. It helps improve the circulation of air, water, and nutrients, promoting healthier grass growth.

By understanding your lawn’s unique requirements, you can create a customized care plan that ensures your lawn remains green, robust, and resilient.

Identify the Weeds

Now that we’ve discussed lawn necessities, let’s focus on one in particular: lawn weed control.

You cannot easily get rid of all weeds by pulling them out or applying herbicide. You’ll need to implement a weed control plan specifically designed for the unwanted plant growing on your lawn. One of the crucial steps in developing a weed control strategy is identifying weeds.

Weeds can be annual or perennial. Annual weeds can survive for only a year, so they’re easier to control. On the other hand, weeds categorized as perennial can last for many years as long as their roots remain in contact with the soil, making them more challenging to eliminate. You’ll often need a lawn care professional to deal with stubborn perennial lawn weeds.

There are hundreds of weeds around the globe, but you are more likely to see dandelions, clover, crabgrass, ragweed, and Canada thistle in Canadian lawns. Dandelions are relatively easy to control, but perennial weeds like crabgrass need a more comprehensive plan.

How to Get Rid of Weeds in Your Lawn

After identifying the weeds, your next step is to determine ways to get rid of them. Most homeowners turn to herbicides to kill weeds easily. While effective, these products contain chemicals that may harm the environment, animals, and your loved ones. Using them, you may be able to kill weeds with less effort, but you put everyone around you at risk. Consider switching to a natural weed killer if you’re searching how to get rid of weeds but keep grass.

Reapply Weed Killer as Needed

Even after killing off the weeds via organic methods, continue monitoring your lawn for new sprouts, especially if the weeds had flowers by the time you removed them. Weed control is a constant process and not just a one-time endeavor. Some weeds don’t die after the first application of a weed-killer solution.

If you have switched to natural weed killer, you will need to apply the solution more than once, particularly when you apply it during colder days.

Mow High and Water Regularly

Once your lawn is weed-free, the next thing to do is keep it that way. Proper watering techniques and keeping grass height at an ideal level can do so much in terms of keeping weeds from sprouting. Mow the grass at 3 inches regularly and keep it lush so weeds won’t be able to push through the soil.

In terms of watering, you must water your lawn enough to saturate the soil to a depth of at least 6 inches. Deep, infrequent watering works better in establishing the lawn, allowing grass to grow deeper roots. Grass with deep roots can compete with weeds better and even become more resilient during extreme weather conditions like drought. But be careful not to overwater your lawn because it can only increase the risk of diseases and lead to shallow grass root growth.

Fertilize Regularly

As previously mentioned, lawns need fertilizer to thrive. Most soil lacks essential nutrients like potassium, nitrogen, and phosphorus. Those macronutrients are the key to promoting grass growth, root development, and overall strength. But before you apply fertilizer, have the soil tested to determine the right ratio of the aforementioned nutrients, or simply ask an expert in lawn care near you to help you out.

By fertilizing regularly, typically in spring and fall, you can ensure that your lawn remains resilient against pests, diseases, and environmental stressors. It also encourages a dense, beautiful turf that enhances your property’s curb appeal.

Aerate Your Lawn Once a Year

Aerating your lawn once a year is essential for maintaining a healthy and vibrant turf. This simple but effective lawn care practice involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water, and nutrients to penetrate deeply into the root zone.

Aerating relieves soil compaction, promotes stronger root growth, and enhances overall grass health. Taking this step helps keep your lawn lush, resilient, and better equipped to withstand environmental stressors, leading to a more beautiful and enduring outdoor space.

Keep a Weed-Free, Healthy Lawn With LawnMart Experts

Maintaining a weed-free, healthy lawn is a dream for many, and with LawnMart Expert’s experienced hands, that dream becomes a reality. Our team of dedicated professionals understands the unique needs of your lawn, ensuring it thrives throughout the seasons.

We begin with a comprehensive assessment, identifying the specific weeds and grass types in your yard. With this knowledge, we tailor a precise weed control program that effectively targets and eliminates unwanted plants. Our experts also offer fertilization and other lawn care services to enhance the vitality of your grass, promoting lush green growth.

At LawnMart, we believe that a healthy lawn results from expert care and a commitment to sustainable practices. We offer eco-friendly solutions, using organic treatments at all times to protect the environment while nurturing your lawn.

Call us today to find out how we can help transform your lawn.

Michael Schäfer

President – LawnMart Inc.

Years of Experience: 31 Years

  • Land Class 1 and 3 Licenses Since 1993
  • Pest Control Operator License Since 1995
  • PIC Accredited Pest Technician Examiner Since 2004
  • Biting Flies Control License Since 2020

Michael Schäfer is President and Founder of LawnMart Inc. After training privately under Dr. Larry Whiddell of Ohio State University, he became a Lawn Technician at Barefoot Grass Lawn Services (1993) and leveled up to Tree/Shrub Care Manager before taking over all Canadian operations as Area Manager. In 1996, Michael founded LawnMart Inc., which has since grown into a multi-award-winning company that cares for thousands of lawns in the Golden Horseshoe area.