Nothing is more frustrating than investing time and energy into creating a relaxing, inviting outdoor space only to have clover, dandelions, and patches of weeds take over your yard. But at Daybreaker Landscapes, we have found that an extensive program of fertilization and weed control can give your lawn a fighting chance against these nuisances.
To eliminate weeds that are already present and prevent them from returning, weed removal must be thorough. After the weeds have been removed and killed, your yard will need to remain healthy to prohibit weed regrowth.
Invasive plants, more commonly known as weeds, are plants that negatively impact the environment around them by growing where they are not desired. There are many types of weeds, and not all of them are easy to identify or remove.
Grassy weeds germinate and have small, inconspicuous flowers. Crabgrass, goosegrass, and knotweed are all considered grassy weeds. The presence of these grassy weeds may indicate an underlying issue, like soil that is too compact.
This annual summer grass is easily mistaken for regular yard grass since both develop one leaf at a time. Grassy weeds have narrow leaves with parallel veins and stems that are usually round. Visible bulges (nodes) where the leaves attach, and a hollow quality (except at these nodes) can help you tell the difference between grassy weeds and actual grass.
Broadleaf weeds are so named because they have relatively broad leaves. These weeds are perennials with one central vein on each leaf, with smaller veins branching out from it. Dandelion, plantain, henbit, and ground ivy are all included in the broadleaf weed category.
Sedges are a type of weed that can also be confused with grass. You can differentiate this pesky perennial from your grass by its leaves, which are three ranked, meaning that they grow from each side of the stem.
Often found growing in thick clusters, sedges can grow as high as four feet tall. The sedge category of weeds, including wild garlic, wild onion, and yellow nutsedge, is most prevalent in shallow water and soil that is damp.
Weeds generate a large number of seeds, which increases their potential to spread. Seeds from these unwanted weeds are carried into your yard or garden by the wind, and they can take root and thrive if conditions are ideal.
Weeds are very effective at reproducing and surviving in disturbed habitats, so aggressive action must be taken to stop the spread of weeds throughout your yard.
Broadleaf weeds have seeds that germinate year-round. To remove this type of weed from your lawn, you may have to pull these weeds by hand or use a combination of weed-killer and fertilizer. Providing your grass with nutrients by using fertilizer can prevent the spread of broadleaf weeds by creating a dense growth of grass that leaves no room for them to grow.
To prevent certain broadleaf weeds, such as ground ivy, from coming back, you may need to test and alter your soil’s nitrogen levels as well. Low nitrogen levels in the soil are often associated with the presence of ground ivy.
Grassy weeds spread through seeds and lower pieces of stem that take root. Applying a combination of weed deterrent and organic fertilizer in the spring is the best approach to preventing the spread of these unattractive annuals.
To keep nutlets and sedge seeds from germinating in your yard, aggressive weed control is a must. Sedge weeds spread both by nutlets and through rhizomes and seeds. Pull sedge weeds by hand or apply a non-toxic weed-killer treatment. To attack sedge, or any other small but growing weed, target the spots in your lawn where these weeds run rampant.
Eliminating perennial weeds liked sedges is difficult since their roots become lengthy in a short period. Broadleaf weeds that have shallow roots, as well as grassy weeds like crabgrass, should be removed by hand while they are still young and haven’t had sufficient opportunity to spread.
Maintaining a hearty lawn by keeping it hydrated and fertilized with organic lawn care products is a natural way to control weeds successfully. Organic lawn care generally means no synthetic fertilizers, genetically engineered organisms, or synthetic pesticides.
To stop weeds before growth even begins, apply a product that kills weeds while it also fertilizes the grass with much-needed nutrients. During the growing season (typically late spring and early summer), continue feeding your yard a synthetic-free fertilizer once every six to eight weeks.
In the early autumn, repeat the application of an organic weed killer and fertilizer to keep grass dense. A thick lawn is much less inviting to weeds, as they have little room to grow among densely-packed grass.
Organic services and treatments do not have the harmful compounds that conventional fertilizers, pesticides, and other lawn care formulas often contain, so select weed control treatments that are nontoxic.
Your yard needs a weekly watering (or rainfall) of one inch per week for maximum moisture penetration. This will result in grass that is healthy enough to resist weeds.
If you water your lawn more than once per week, the excessive moisture can lead to shallow root growth and weak grass. With grass weakened, your yard is more prone to dry, thin patches of grass that are inviting to growing weeds.
By watering your lawn once a week (twice at most, and only if completely necessary) your grass has the best chance to develop the deep roots and dense growth that work to suffocate weeds. To further minimize weeds, plant locally-adapted grass and treat it with iron-rich foliar.
A lot of hard work goes into developing a vibrant lawn. To ensure that your lawn is weed-resistant, adhere to a weed control program of feeding, watering, and removing weeds by hand or with a treatment.
If you decide to do weed control on your own, always check the labels on weed-treatment products to make sure that they can be used on your specific grass type without harming you or your lawn. Talk to a lawn care professional about nontoxic solutions that are available to treat your lawn organically and effectively.
Controlling weeds in your yard requires routine maintenance. If you pull or remove weeds infrequently and sporadically, they will inevitably grow back. But most home or business owners are just too busy to identify and maintain an effective weed control program for their lawn.
If you find that you don’t have the time necessary to defend your lawn against weeds with proper upkeep, consider hiring a professional for fertilization and weed control services. A lawn care professional can design the best weed control and fertilization plan for you, taking into consideration your lawn’s needs and your budget.
The first step to successful weed control is fertilization. When Daybreaker Landscapes fertilizes your grass, our hardworking team of professionals uses an organic lawn care program that includes natural, nontoxic products.
During fertilization services, we will identify potential problem weeds, recommend the best corrective methods, and provide you with detailed information about all the products we use. Unlike lawns serviced with toxic chemicals, your yard is perfectly safe to use after it is treated organically by us.
Fertilization and weed control can be time-consuming, but it is imperative for the health of your lawn. Whether you need to weed your grass, fertilize sections of your lawn, reseed your yard entirely, or ask some landscaping questions, the experts at Daybreaker Landscapes are happy to help you.
We work hard to provide exceptional service and routine maintenance, so you have the time and energy to enjoy a beautiful weed-free lawn.
Your yard is an extension of your home, a reflection of you, and an outdoor living space for you to relax with your family and friends. The landscaping professionals at Daybreaker Landscapes understand this. We have the knowledge and expertise necessary to give you a stunningly beautiful lawn.
We’ve been a trusted name in landscaping services since 2010, and our mission is to continue delivering the highest quality residential or commercial landscaping services across the Chicagoland area.
Daybreaker Landscapes is a U.S. veteran-owned business and a member of the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association. Based in Union, IL, we also provide landscaping services to Elgin, Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Crystal Lake, Woodstock, Barrington, and many other surrounding communities.
If you have a home or business in the Chicagoland area, and you see any types of problems in your yard, contact Daybreaker Landscapes. We take a proactive approach to preventing weeds, and our expert team is here to help you tackle your toughest lawn challenges.
Let the experts at Daybreaker Landscapes take care of all your lawn care needs. Please call (815) 596-0070 or contact us online to schedule a free estimate today!