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What Are the Most Effective Weed Control Methods?

Weed control is vital for a healthy lawn or garden, but what are the best ways to do it? Check out this guide to find out more.

In the United States, approximately 81 percent of all households have a lawn. This statistic is no surprise since green spaces are one of the most important features buyers look for in a home.

Of course, if you have a yard, you’ll also have the chores that come along with it. And, one of those is keeping it free from pesky weeds.

While there are several weed control methods, some are more effective than others. So, in this post, we’ll help you decide which is best for your lawn!

Preventative and Cultural Weed Control

One of the easiest and most affordable ways to rid your lawn of weeds is regular landscaping. As you maintain a healthy yard, you’ll also ward off weed infestations.

So, what does lawn maintenance entail? For starters, you’ll need to cut your grass often, as this slows down seed growth and keeps weeds from spreading.

Another weed prevention method is mulching, which blocks seeds from sunlight. But, for this method to work, you’ll need to use organic mulch and layer it about two inches thick.

If you want to make your mulching method even more effective, you can place cardboard or newspaper under the mulch before spreading it. This blocks the light even more, and, as a result, weeds have a harder time growing up through the thick mulch.

Of course, from time to time, weeds will still make their way into your yard. And, when this happens, you’ll need to get rid of them. But, if you spot the weeds before they become an infestation, weed pulling is the best choice since it’s natural and only takes a few minutes.

Chemical Weed Control

If you have a large yard or serious weed growth, you may want to pull out the big guns using herbicides. While there are a lot of products that use chemicals, these can damage your lawn and any other plants in the vicinity. So, if you aren’t comfortable with chemicals, herbicides are a great alternative.

You’ll also want to purchase weed wipers for large areas, which will save you a lot of time when applying herbicides.

Biological Weed Control

The final weed control method that we’ll discuss today is biological, meaning that it uses living beings to stifle weed growth. Curiously enough, you can put some insects on your lawn to prevent weeds from growing. Examples include:

  • Tansy flea beetle
  • Cinnabar moth
  • Chrysolria beetle

Of course, if you aren’t comfortable with insects, you can always get grazing animals, such as goats to take care of your weeds. However, this may not be so practical if you live within city limits.

Say Goodbye to Weeds for Good!

No matter which weed control method you choose, remember that consistency is key. So make a lawn maintenance schedule, and stick to it! If you do, your yard will stay looking beautiful (and weedless) all year round!

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