Weeds are a big problem for Connecticut homeowners. After spending all that time prepping your yard for spring and making sure your yard is beautiful, the last thing you want to see are weeds. Fighting weeds in Connecticut can be a fool's errand if you don’t use proper weed control techniques.
Why Do I Have So Many Weeds?
Weeds may seem like they pop up out of nowhere, but there's actually a very good reason you have weeds, and thankfully, it's preventable. At the end of the growing season, weeds in your yard release their seeds over a wide area. These seeds wait on the surface of your soil for warm temperatures to return when they germinate. With proper weed management, you can greatly cut down the number of weeds that sprout, making controlling weeds a much easier task.
Common Weeds Of Connecticut Lawns
- Annual Bluegrass
Apply Pre-Emergent Control
Getting weeds under control in your yard is going to be a process that should be continued every year for the best results. The most crucial step is to kill all of the previous year's weed seeds by applying pre-emergent weed control in the spring. Pre-emergents coat the weeds seeds and prevent them from germinating. A properly timed pre-emergent application will deal a blow to the first and most important wave of weeds in your yard.
Target Summertime Weeds
As spring turns to summer, the first generation of weeds will go to seed. If you have applied pre-emergent early, you won’t have much of a problem with this. However, your neighbors and other areas you can’t control can contaminate your yard with seeds. These stray weeds will pop up occasionally throughout the summer. It is important to target these weeds with post-emergent weed control to ensure they do not go to seed in the fall and pop up again in the spring.
While you continue to target stray weeds, it’s time to boost the defense of your lawn. A thick and healthy lawn can go a long way to prevent weeds from taking root. Weed seeds need adequate sunlight to germinate. Thick lawns can block the sunlight and prevent them from sprouting. By following proper irrigation techniques you can achieve a lawn that is resilient against weeds. Water deeply 2-3 times per week. Water early in the morning to allow enough time for your grass to dry up. Try the screwdriver test to check if you are watering accurately. If you can’t push a screwdriver into your lawn, you’re not watering enough.
Along with proper irrigation, you should also set your mower deck higher so that your grass can get thicker and healthier. For cool-season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass, the optimal height is about 2 1/2 inches. Taller grass prevents new weed seeds from growing and taking advantage of thin or weak areas.
Homeowners use mulch to make their landscapes look more beautiful, but it's advantages are twofold. Mulch also works as a great weed barrier around trees, garden paths, and flower beds. It works by blocking out the vital sunlight that seeds need to germinate.
Keep Weeds Out With Services From Naturally Green
Now that you know the science behind how weeds grow and spread, you can take control of your yard back. But even the most seasoned homeowner can get in over their head. That’s when it’s time to hire the professionals at Naturally Green. We offer premium lawn care services and pest control programs to help you achieve a beautiful and healthy Connecticut lawn.