If bees are public enemy #1 for most farmers, lawn owners and gardeners tend to view weeds with very much the same perception. Weeds are non-native plants that are unwanted in a certain place and time and can be very much harmful to your plants and even public amenity.
It?s imperative that you prevent weeds from taking control of your yard lest you wish to see your plants die one by one before the year?s end. Don?t let their harmless-sounding names (chickweed, dandelion and crabgrass) fool you; if you allow them full liberty to grow, you might find it impossible later on to regain control and recover the beauty of your garden.
Found below are several tips for better and more effective weed control:
Defensive Measures against Weeds
Always remember that the healthier your garden or yard?s soil, the better defense your plants shall have against weeds. So make sure that you always keep your garden or yard as healthy as possible.
Excellent fertilization is a good defensive step to take against weeds. Using the right type of fertilizer that possesses the best combination of nitrogen and other important compounds four times a year will go a long way in improving the health of your yard. But don?t be surprised if some stubborn weeds still persist in growing; that?s the time when other more aggressive steps must be taken to achieve effective weed control.
Aggressive and Chemical Measures for Weed Control
When you choose a particular weed product to use, make sure that you use it during the active growth period of weeds. This often happens in late spring or early fall and temperatures must approximately be around 15 to 25 degrees. Extreme temperatures would simply lessen the potency of the product against weeds.
On the other hand, if the product you?re using is a weed and feed one, make sure that you spread them always in the morning. This is because morning dew can ensure that the weed and feed product would stick to the weeds, thereby increasing their effectiveness. Avoid watering or mowing your yard when you?ve just applied the product. And just to be on the safe side, prevent both your kids and pets from tramping in the law during those days as well.
The Right Attitude to Succeed
Be realistic when it comes to your weed control goals. Weeds are like mushrooms; they grow very fast and worse, they?re not exactly easy to get rid off. Hence, telling yourself that you?ll exterminate the weed your population in a bloody one-day battle is simply impossible to achieve. You?ll never get started or feel properly motivated if you think that way.
Weeding, like other difficult but highly rewarding tasks, is a huge goal that you must try to achieve by taking one small measured step after another. Give yourself a goal outline if you wish. Divide the gardens into several areas and get rid of weeds in one particular division after another. You need to motivate yourself properly if you wish to succeed and setting unrealistic goals for yourself is certainly not the way to do it!
The Right Time to Fight Weeds
Time management is equally important in weed control; pick a particular time of the day when you believe you?ll be most available to battle the invading army in your garden. Whichever time period you end up choosing, make sure that you stick to your schedule at all times. Consistency and perseverance are what?s going to win the battle and not a blitzkrieg style of offense.