In our lawns, yards or home gardens, weeds demand a great portion of our time and effort to cultivate a beautiful home environment. Ever since humans began planting and cultivating plants, weeds have been a problem. A weed is any plant in the wrong place. Weeds take valuable space, water, sunlight and nutrients that may otherwise be accessible to other flora in your garden or yard.
Weeds also provide cover for diseases, insects and other pests like rodents, snakes, etc. Garden weeds are hard to control because they grow rapidly, produce vast numbers of seeds, and spread aggressively by vegetative structures and/or seeds. There are several weed control methods that should be used in a combined, coordinated effort to remove and control weeds. They include cultural, mechanical and chemical methods.
Fast growing vegetable crops can effectively suppress weeds by shading. Thus, one method of weed control is to select a crop that is capable of suppressing (shading) weeds.
Since emerged weeds present at seeding or transplanting are capable of growing rapidly, it is important to kill all weeds prior to planting. Weeds that emerge after planting should be removed early before they are past 3 inches tall. Removal by hand or cultivation can be used to rid the garden of weeds.
Herbicides are another weed control option that can be employed. There is no single herbicide that will do the job for all flora types. There is also a problem of applying relatively small amounts of the herbicide evenly to the garden surface. Miscalculation of rates or a lack of calibration in application equipment can cause some areas of the garden to get too much or too little of the herbicide. Under-application will result in poor weed control while over-application will result in damaged plants.
Call us today at (770) 831-7741 for a no-obligation free estimate on lawn survey and analysis and a variety of lawn care treatment services. We’ll send in a report about the analysis of soil, identify weed problems and more about turf density and diseases afflicted plants.