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    Early Season Weeds and How to Get Rid of Them

    Gwyn Dubel
    Posted by: Gwyn Dubel on March 23, 2016

    Spring is a beautiful season where your yard that was once Types_of_early_season_weeds_and_how_to_get_rid_of_them.jpgcovered with a blanket of snow transforms into the green paradise that you remember just last fall. It’s not all fun and turf grass, with the warm weather comes early season weeds and lots of them. It can very disappointing when you walk around your lawn to see it speckled with weeds that could severely sabotage your hopes of a healthy and happy lawn this year. Well, Weed Pro has you covered with the types of weeds to watch out for and tips on getting a great, weed-free lawn!

    Types of Early Season Weeds

    • Dandelion- A familiar face to spring and fall lawns, this perennial grows long taproots which makes them hard to get out of the ground.
    • Crabgrass- It gets its name from the leaves, which form a tight, crab-like circle. It is also most likely to appear in weak or bare areas of the lawn.
    • Ground Ivy- Also known as creeping Charlie, prefers shady and moist areas with low fertility, but can also thrive in sunny areas.
    • White or Dutch Clover- This perennial is regarded to be the bad guy in most lawns and tends to grow where the soil is poor, lacking nitrogen.
    • Annual Bluegrass- This grass blends in well with fescue lawns, but stands out in other turf. It tends to grow where the soil drains poorly and overwatering is occurring.
    • Broadleaf Plantain- Appears in poor, thin lawns and although it is quite drought resistant, it thrives in overwatered soil.

    Tips on Getting a Weed Free Lawn

    • Thick and Healthy Lawn- Weeds hate thick lawns, because they have no room to grow and are naturally choked out. The best way to develop a healthy lawn is with a well-balanced, properly timed lawn care packagethat delivers nutrients to your lawn throughout the entire season. 
    • It’s All In The Height- Keeping your lawn at 3 ½-4” helps to ensure that your lawn will stay healthier and weed-free, because keeping your lawn at a longer length can help reduce stress from being cut short. In addition, when your lawn in cut at shorter lengths, you open it up more to disease, fungus, and insects.
    • Start at the Beginning of the Season- All throughout the Spring season, crabgrass and broadleaf weed pre-emergent can help control an outbreak of weeds in your lawn. By establishing a thicker and healthier lawn at the beginning of the season, this allows you to keep on top of the situation.
    • Stop it Before it Spreads- Make sure you treat the weeds that you see before they have a chance to go seed and spread throughout your lawn. Staying on top of the situation will help the weeds from spreading throughout your lawn.
    • Start Preparations in the Fall- By aerating your lawn in the fall, you can help alleviate compressed soil and create thousands of tiny holes for roots to spread out and grow. By doing this, this allows your turf to thicken and naturally choke out weeds. This should be performed in the fall to help your lawn recover from a stressful summer season.

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