Spring has sprung! While the return of warmer temperatures is exciting, you might start noticing some dandelions and other broadleaf weeds popping up in your yard. Dandelions flower most abundantly in the spring and tend to be a huge concern for homeowners looking to maintain a beautiful weed-free lawn.
How to Prevent Dandelion Growth
There is good news and there is bad news. The goods news is that there are steps you can take to prevent the growth and spread of dandelions in your lawn. The bad news is that despite your best efforts, it is inevitable that some weed growth will occur. No lawn is immune to weed growth, even when following all the best practices. That being said, these tips will help to diminish the spread of dandelions in your yard:
Keep your mowing height high: Tall grass helps to choke out weeds. When your grass is cut very short, it becomes easier for weeds to take over and compete for sunlight, water and nutrients.
Leave grass clippings on the lawn: After mowing your lawn, leave clippings behind instead of bagging them. This helps to enhance your turf health while smothering weeds and hindering the growth of new weeds.
Keep your lawn thick & healthy: If your lawn is thin, damaged or has bare patches it will be much easier for weeds to grow and takeover. Keep up with regular maintenance by seeding in the fall/spring, repairing damaged areas and following appropriate watering and mowing practices.
Improve soil conditions: Dandelions tend to thrive in acidic soil. Administer a soil test to determine your lawns pH balance and take action accordingly.
Using Weed Control to Manage Growth
While some homeowners might try to hand pull broadleaf weeds, this will not be effective unless the entire taproot of the weed is being removed. Dandelion roots can grow up to 3 inches deep, so hand pulling can be very labor-intensive work.
Instead of managing weed control on your own, many homeowners opt to contact a professional. At Weed Man we use the highest quality products, applied at the right time, in the right way. When it comes to eradicating weeds, depending on the severity of the problem it can take time for the lawn to return to a healthy state. Lawn care is a process that requires consistent effort in order to see long term results.
In order to make sure your lawn is getting the full benefit of weed control applications there are a few things homeowners should do. After the product is applied, you should not water or cut your lawn for at least 24-48 hours. This will allow the product time to absorb into the weeds and work its magic. If you have any questions regarding your lawn, do not hesitate to contact your local Weed Man. We would be more than happy to help!