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Tips for Summer Weed Control

weeds growing in the ground

With summer approaching, it’s time to start thinking about your summer lawns. While every landscape in Kansas is unique, they all have one thing in common. Weeds. Weeds have become an accepted part of having a yard just like the never-ending battle that comes with them. Dealing with weeds doesn’t have to be such a pain. If you follow these summer weed control tips, you can make weed management much easier on you.

Identifying Summer Weeds

weeds in a fieldAs summer draws near, you will start to see new weeds growing and flowering. If they are left alone, they will go to seed and deposit seeds all over your lawn, where they will wait until next spring. To make your life easier next year, eliminate summer weeds before they go to seed. Summer weed control is identifying and targeting weeds in your lawn and removing them with post-emergent herbicides. These targeted sprays will kill the weed to the root but will not harm your grass.

Common Weeds Found in Kansas

  • Annual bluegrass
  • Busage
  • Annual ryegrass
  • Plantain
  • Thistle
  • Dandelion
  • Barnyardgrass
  • Foxtail

Proper Irrigation

It is essential to know that a healthy lawn is a weed-free lawn. That being said, one of the important steps to summer weed control is following proper irrigation methods. In the summer, our yards can get pretty dry, and this is when weeds attack. A thin and weak lawn leaves many openings for stronger and tolerant weeds to sneak in and crowd out your grass. By watering your lawn at least two to three times a week, your grass should remain green and lush. Just remember to water earlier to ward off the chances of disease and fungus.

Mow High

lawn mower mowing the grassPart two of creating a healthy lawn is making sure the grass is mowed at the proper height. A height of two and a half inches is ideal for creating a thick lawn that can block sunlight from reaching the soil and prevent new weed seeds from germinating. Keeping your grass a little longer can make a big difference in the hotter months as long grass is more drought-resistant than shorter grass. Combine this with proper irrigation, and your lawn should be set up to fend off weeds naturally.

Prepare For Spring

Although spring has passed, it’s not too early to plan for next year. To protect your yard from weeds, you need to be dedicated and vigilant all year long. If you follow these tips, then each year, it should become easier to control weeds.

Even if you do spot treat your yard with post-emergent herbicides in the summer there will still be seeds that find their way into your yard. Since spring weeds are the main source of summer weeds you need to eliminate them before they have a chance to germinate. This can be achieved with pre-emergent herbicides. Pre-emergents are designed to cover existing weed seeds and prevent them from growing. Doing this early in the spring will deal a devastating blow to summertime weeds.

Call Quality All Care for Professional Help

At Quality All Care, we have years of experience dealing with Kansas lawns and summer weeds. With our lawn care program, you’ll never have to worry about fertilization or weed control again. Our technicians will treat your grass several times throughout the year to ensure your grass stays healthy and grows strong.

We also offer comprehensive tree and shrub services, lawn aeration, and pest control solutions.

Call us at 913-894-9250 or leave us a message here. Check our monthly blog for more tips and tricks on lawn care.