The kids are back in school, summer is coming to a close, and you’re looking around your yard wondering when all those weeds popped up. Here’s the thing about weeds: they’re resilient opportunists, so when the heat of the summer creates bare spots in your turf, it also creates an environment conducive for weed growth! So let’s talk about weeds and what you can do about them.
Types of Weeds
Weeds typically fall into three categories: annuals, biennials, and perennials. Annual weeds sprout each year, complete their life cycle, and leave behind seeds for the next generation of weeds to grow. Perennial weeds, just like perennial flowers, return year after year and don’t die out with the change in seasons. Biennial weeds complete their lifecycles within two growing seasons. Here are a few examples:
Weed Prevention in Kansas
Beyond adhering to these standard practices, applying pre-emergent in the early spring is crucial to preventing weeds. The key to applying pre-emergent is to get it down before weeds start to germinate, and it works best when watered in by rain or irrigation soon after the application. It’s important to note that while pre-emergent is very helpful, its effectiveness does not last forever and will periodically need to be re-applied. Equally important is the fact that prevention is not always effective on perennial weeds. These are a couple reasons why scheduled treatment is so important!When it comes to weeds, it’s important to understand that there are two ways to deal with them: prevention and treatment. The first thing to know about weed prevention is that a thick, healthy lawn is the best way to defense against weeds. Using standard cultural practices, you can achieve this thick, healthy lawn by over seeding, aerating, irrigating, and mowing at recommended height (varies based on types of turfgrass). We cover each of these topics in other posts, so check them out by clicking the links above if you want more information on these practices. We can help with all of them, so feel free to give us a shout if you want help getting them done!
Scheduled Lawn Treatments
Keeping up with scheduled fertilization and spot treatments is the icing on the cake when it comes to keeping your yard clear from weeds. Remember that healthy lawns are the best way to prevent weeds, so feeding your turf with quality fertilizer helps it become more resistant! While applying these fertilizers, check and spot treat for grassy and broadleaf weeds that may have popped up since you checked last.
Our Green Select Lawn Care Program is crafted specifically with these things in mind. The six-step program starts off with pre-emergent and continues with a series of fertilization and spot treatments throughout the year. Click here to learn more about the program! We’re currently offering some special pricing that sweetens the deal for both new and existing customers.
When to Get Started with Weed Treatments in Kansas
Fall is a great time to get started with weed treatments. Starting treatments now allows you to take care of perennial weeds as they start to store their energy for winter dormancy, and helps clear things up before winter allowing for a faster spring green up!
Comprehensive weed prevention and treatment in Topeka, Kansas
Don’t have time to prevent and treat for weeds? Not to worry! Our team of landscaping and lawn maintenance experts is here to give you the help that you need! Contact us today to learn more and get an estimate!