Maintaining a healthy, weed-free lawn in Memphis can take some work. We want our lawns to be green, lush, and preferably not plagued with weeds. Unfortunately, our climate here is extremely conducive to weed growth, and if left untreated, weeds will take over a once healthy lawn in no time at all. The best way to deal with unruly weed growth is to keep the problem from taking root in the first place, but that’s often easier said than done!
When it comes to keeping your lawn weed-free in Memphis, you have a couple of options. You can hire an experienced landscape management team like Memphis Landscape to provide weeding services, in which we provide the routine removal of unwanted and undesirable plants from your property. Or you could go the DIY route, by keeping your lawn properly fed, watered, and mowed, making it a less friendly habitat for weeds.
Here are some steps you can take on your own to keep your lawn looking lush and weed-free.
Pull large weeds like dandelions, shepherd’s purse, and henbit out by hand before they get the chance to bloom and are able to reseed themselves into your lawn. It’s much easier to get rid of weeds if you can catch them at the start of their growing process.
Apply an herbicide designed specifically for lawn weeds onto your lawn. You will usually be able to find either granular or liquid herbicide. Whichever you choose, be sure to follow the directions on the packaging when applying.
Try not to have a heavy hand, as too much of any herbicide can kill the good grass you want to live. It’s also worth reading the package before you purchase to make sure the herbicide is designed to treat your particular grass.
Mow your grass regularly, but take care not to cut the grass too low. A height of about 2.5 inches is ideal. It might seem counter-intuitive, but it’s always better to cut the grass too high rather than too low. If you routinely cut your grass too low, it will have a scalping effect, opening your lawn up for disease and sometimes death, which then frees the area up for weeds to take root.
Water your lawn on a regular schedule with deep waterings as opposed to shallow. This will allow water to reach the entire root system and not just the surface. One easy way to measure this is to place an empty can into the middle of your lawn as it’s being watered. Once the can has filled with water, the lawn has received enough. Depending on the weather, particularly how hot it is, you should aim to water the lawn approximately two to three times per week.
Fertilize your lawn on a regular basis to cut down on weeds and keep your yard healthy. Look for a fertilizer that’s designed specifically for the type of grass you have growing in your lawn. Most grass types require fertilizer 3-4 times per year to keep it in the best possible shape.
Weed management with Memphis Landscape
If you don’t feel like you have the time (or the desire!) to keep on top of weed removal by yourself, our experienced landscape management team here at Memphis Landscape have got you covered. Get in touch with us today to find out all the ways we can keep your lawn looking luxurious!