Weeds are an unwelcome sight in a cultivated yard. They can spoil the look of your outside space and they can also use up nutrients that are needed for the lawn and plants that you have invested in to survive. You need to get rid of weeds as soon as possible and do everything you can to stop them re-appearing.
You may not be able to clear your garden of weeds 100% but you can make sure that they appear a lot less often, by taking some simple steps. Here some of the most common weeds you may find in your yard, along with some advice about how to deal with them.
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Even common grasses like bermudagrass can be considered a weed. A weed is simply defined by the lawn care experts at Wikilawn.com as any plant that is “out of place”. This means that almost any plant can play the role of a weed, but there some specific weeds that are almost never considered a lawn enhancement.
Dandelions look attractive and they provide some health benefits, but you still do not want them to take over your yard. It’s best to pull dandelions up by hand, and make sure that you get the root as well as the leaves. A dense and healthy lawn is the best protection against them as they do not have enough space to grow through and flourish.
Crabgrass loves people who water their lawn every day. Constant watering helps this troublesome weed to thrive, as does too much fertilizer. Stick to using recommended amounts of fertilizer and water your lawn less frequently but deeply.
Like crabgrass, bindweed thrives if you water too often. It’s fast growing and it can quickly take over the flower beds and lawn in your yard. As you can tell from the name, it binds plants as it winds amongst them. The plants are starved of nutrients and fail to thrive. The best way to deal with bindweed is to pull it from the ground as soon as you spot it. Check your yard for this weed regularly as the sooner you see it, the easier it is to get rid of.
Nutgrass looks a lot the normal grass you have in your yard, except that the blades tend to be thicker and stiffer. Nutgrass also sometimes produces flowers that are either yellow or purple/brown. The best way to deal with nutgrass is to dig down under its roots (around six inches). Doing so means that you are sure to get rid of the entire weed.
This weed that is native to Europe and Asia is also known as creeping thistle. It tends to grow in areas of a yard where there is a sparse covering, so you need to be alert to its possible presence if you have just seeded a new lawn. The Canadian Thistle has spiky leaves that can hurt if you touch them, so wear gloves when you are dealing with this weed. You need to dig the weed out using a weed puller. You also need to remain vigilant as these weeds have a strong and expansive root system, so they can re-appear.
Checking your yard regularly, for these and other weeds, is important as spotting a weed problem early makes it easier to deal with.