Why Do Weeds Grow Where They Grow?
Vulnerable Areas for Weed Infestation
Your lawn is an ever-changing, living entity that requires ongoing cultivation in order to remain protected from weed infestation. Any change in a lawn’s environment, structure, or quality can act as an invitation for weeds to take over — and trust us when we say that they will take over without hesitation (and in the blink of an eye!).
At any given time, your lawn may be home to thousands of weed seeds that are eager to germinate. Given the right conditions, weeds will be all too happy to invade your turf. Some of the most common growth areas include:
- Anywhere compacted soil can be found
- Thinning areas of the lawn
- Wet/soaked portions of the lawn
- Overly sunny or shady locations
- Areas where the lawn meets concrete (e.g. along driveway and sidewalk edges)
These areas are particularly vulnerable to infestation because there is simply not enough healthy, nutrient-rich soil or grass present to crowd out aggressive weeds. Since the majority of local properties feature at least one or several of the problem areas listed above, many homeowners struggle with maintaining a weed-free lawn all year round.
But don’t fret – a lush, uniform lawn structure isn’t a suburban legend. Homeowners can keep weeds at bay and enjoy a pristine yard by following the tips below:
Invest in weed control. Weed Man’s professional lawn care programs include regularly scheduled treatments for control of broadleaf weeds. Weed control works by its ability to mimic natural growth hormones, called auxins, that are found in broadleaf plants. Auxins are absorbed through the leaves of the plants and then translocated to the meristems. Uncontrolled, unsustainable growth ensues, causing the stems to curl-over, the leaves to wither, and eventually resulting in plant death.
Fertilize regularly. A thick, healthy lawn is the absolute best defense against unwanted weeds. This is because a dense turf structure crowds out additional growth, making it difficult for weeds to sprout.
Mow higher. Raise your mowing height. Although many homeowners love the look of a closely cropped lawn, mowing too low can lead to a thin turf structure and cause weeds to creep in seemingly overnight.
Be careful not to overwater. Loose, saturated soil can be a breeding ground for weeds. If you’ve seen regular rainfall in your neighborhood, supplemental watering may not be needed.
Questions about our environmentally responsible weed control treatments? Worried about areas in your lawn that may be vulnerable to weed attack? Contact your local Weed Man!
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