Helping Homeowners Fight Weeds
There are plenty of benefits with the arrival of nice weather, but bending over to pull weeds isn’t one of them. Managing weeds during the warmer months presents a lot of challenges to homeowners – requiring time, money and energy.
The trick to getting the upper hand on weeds is killing them before they spread or even begin to grow. Homeowners that wait too long find themselves in a never-ending lawn care battle. Some weeds are harder to kill than others and it may take several attempts to eradicate them.
Top 7 Ways to Kill Weeds
Homeowners have several options to kill weeds. What makes one method better than another depends on the extent of the problem and the effort homeowners are willing to commit. Here are some of the best ways to kill weeds:
1. Pull the weeds by hand – Yes it’s labor intensive and requires a lot of patience, but it’s a sure way to kill weeds if you do it right. Moving too fast and leaving roots in the soil is a common mistake. If you’re going to go this route, take the time to pull the weed from its root so it doesn’t come back.
2. Add mulch to prevent weed growth – One way to prevent weeds from growing is to cover the soil with mulch. However homeowners need to clear the area of weeds before mulching. This method shades the soil and gives weeds a much smaller chance of growing.
3. Use boiling water – Pouring hot water over weeds causes them to shrivel up and die in a few days. This method should be used when weeds are sparse and don’t cover large areas.
4. Vinegar kills – Yes it smells, but vinegar is effective at killing weeds. It’s an organic method that should be applied with a spray bottle.
5. Weeds hate salt – Sprinkling salt over weeds doesn’t just kill them, it prevents them from growing at a later date. If you occasionally spread salt where weeds typically pop up, they shouldn’t come back at all.
6. Chemical sprays – Store bought sprays designed to kill weeds work great but they need to be used carefully because they’ll kill other living plants and grass nearby. This method is best for weeds growing through concrete or for areas where grass and other plants aren’t growing.
7. Herbicides – Using herbicides across your lawn is a great way to kill a lot of weeds while preserving your lawn and other plants. Organic herbicides are available for homeowners that worry about their children and pets coming in contact with chemicals. Lawn care professionals recommend spraying herbicide regularly to prevent weed growth.
Keeping weeds off your property is an annual struggle for most homeowners. This is especially true for warm weather states like Florida where weeds grow throughout the year. If your weed problem is severe or tiring you out, it’s probably worth the extra cost of hiring a lawn company to handle your weeds. If paying someone else to fight weeds goes against your nature, consider hiring them for just a few months until your yard is more manageable.
Marc Lackey is a contributing author for Heron Lawn & Pest Control. Our mission is to provide informative tips on lawn and pest control. We can be reached at 4631 35th Street Orlando, Florida 32811. Please feel free to call us directly at 407-240-2573.