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Lawn Care Tips to Keep Your Yard Weed-Free

Have you ever had lawn envy? As much as we all want to have a thick, luscious lawn that enhances our home’s curb appeal, it doesn’t always seem attainable. A well-manicured lawn doesn’t happen overnight - there is a lot of work that homeowners put into tending to their yard that many take pride in. One of the top tricks to keeping your lawn in pristine condition is consistent and thorough weed removal and prevention.

In this guide, we'll tell you everything you need to know, including how to kill weeds, how to DIY natural weed killers, the types of weeds in grass, and more tips on how to protect your garden and lawn. 

Why It’s Necessary to Kill Weeds

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Grass weeds are not only a nuisance and an eyesore, but these invasive pests can also put the health of your lawn at risk. Weeds compete with your grass to flourish by stealing natural resources from grass, such as soil nutrients. Trust us, you don't want these weeds to overtake your grass. Not only are they tough to remove in the first place, but they can also quickly grow out of control and become overwhelming.

Grass weeds can also keep you and your loved ones from enjoying the outdoors, which is just one more reason to kill weeds from the get-go. Grass weeds have so many seeds easily blown through the wind that frequently contribute to pollen allergies. To make sure your guests can keep their sneezing and uncomfortable allergies at bay, stay tuned to see how you can achieve a manicured lawn without annoying grass weeds.

How to Obtain a Weed-Free Yard

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Out-of-control grass weeds can result in a deteriorated state of grass health, which is why it's essential to engage in weed removal consistently. Along with natural weed killers, consistent weed removal is your best bet to get your lawn back once grass weeds have taken over.

Weed removal is not an easy feat. To make this lawn care task less overwhelming, consider breaking up the areas of your lawn into sections and every week tackling one section at a time. A phased approach will make weed removal more manageable. Later on, we will discuss proper weed removal and disposal to prevent further seeding and spread of grass weeds. 

Natural Weed Killers for Your Lawn

Are you overwhelmed by weed killers and the number of chemicals some products use to kill weeds? The good news is that you don’t need to inject your lawn with unnecessary, harsh chemicals to kill weeds. You don't even need to take a trip to the store. There are plenty of ways to treat your lawn for pesky plants, such as grass weeds, particularly with natural weed killers.

Weeds in grass

Simple everyday materials such as newspaper, salt, and hot water can be used as natural weed killers. Newspapers can help to cover and suffocate the weed by limiting sun, water, and air exposure. It also decomposes and provides additional feed for soil after its work is done.

Another excellent natural weed killer comes in the form of salt. A sprinkle of rock salt or table salt can work to fight weed growth. Boiling water works exceptionally well to shock and kill grass weeds, especially new and young growth. Combining hot water and soil is an excellent natural weed killer for these unwanted plants. Save your dollars on chemical weed removals; there are plenty of other DIY natural weed killers you can create at home.

Once you’ve killed weeds, you can protect your garden by taking extra steps to prevent future weed growth. Using materials such as landscaping fabric and mulch create a barrier between the soil and the surface of the ground. These materials help keep your soil moist and cool and suffocate unwanted plants, such as grass weeds. 

Common Types of Weeds in Grass

Spotting grass weeds is the first step to knowing if you need to proceed with the removal. Grass weeds can come in many different forms; some may have green leaves or flowering heads.

Here are some examples of the common types of weeds in the grass:

  • Dandelions
  • Crabgrass
  • Clovers
  • Ragweed

When you have familiarized yourself with popular types of grass weeds, you can work to remove them quickly before they take over your yard. Identifying common types of weeds can be tricky, but we can help!

Proper Weed Removal and Disposal

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The key to stopping grass weeds from spreading is to uproot and dispose of these pesky plants properly. When you're on a mission to kill weeds and clean up your yard, you’ll find that weed removal will be a little bit easier when the ground is damp and soft. Pull weeds from the root to make sure there are no fragments left behind that can regrow.

Once the weed has been uprooted, you want to make sure you are discarding the trimmings properly. Discard all of the plant clippings into a bag and close the bag up while you continue to work. Remember, the goal is to kill weeds, not provide them with the nutrients to prosper, so avoid watering or treating the weeded areas of your lawn during your lawn care routine. 

Step by Step Guide to Protecting a Garden

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The first step to protecting your garden and lawn is to establish a care routine that suits the individual needs of your yard. If you are dealing with weed issues and overgrowth, you will want to be consistent with weed removal. If you live in an area with varying sun and shade, you can learn to protect your garden in those instances as well.

Once you have a well-established lawn care routine, you can perfect each lawn care category from mowing, watering, liquid lawn fertilization, and more! While we tend to pay attention to our lawns more in the winter, follow these tips to protect your garden for every season.

I’ve Killed the Weeds, Now What?

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There's no surefire way to eradicate weeds from your lawn completely, but if you've correctly removed and disposed of the existing lawn weeds, that is a considerable feat. The unattractive bare spots in your lawn left behind after you've killed weeds can make your lawn look rugged and barren. You can cover up these spots with new grass seeds for a seamless cover-up. Make sure to buy grass seed in the same grass type as your current lawn. Unsure of your current grass type? Use this guide to help you determine which type of grass you have.

With consistent watering, it won't take long for the new grass seed to sprout and grow. Once the grass grows over the bare spots, your lawn will look fuller. With fewer bare spots, weeds have less space to put down roots and overtake your lawn.

Once you’ve learned to remove weeds with natural weed killers and your own hands, acting fast when it comes to new weed growth will help you maintain a healthy, weed-free yard. Follow Simple Lawn Solutions for more lawn care tips that will help protect your garden from weeds, pests, and other common lawn issues.



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