One particular type of weed has certainly been in the news over the past several months. In fact, medical marijuana has become so popular that investors and entrepreneurs alike are rushing to be part of the industry's early growth.
Unfortunately, however, the weeds most homeowners have springing up in their backyards are not considered to have any value. Instead, they are usually seen as an annoying problem that must be dealt with, especially if the weeds are well established.
If you are tired of dealing with weeds choking out the grass and spoiling the view in your lawn, here are three proactive tips you can use to help you get the weed-free lawn you yearn for.
1. Test and Fertilize
While it might sound weird to add fertilizer to soil that is already growing a bumper crop of weeds, there is a good reason to do so. Some common weeds are actually attracted to soils that are deficient in nutrients. Dandelions, crabgrass, ragweed, and clover are just a few of the weeds that grow best in poor quality soils.
Some varieties of weeds also grow in more fertile soils. However, they are less likely to spread because the nutrient-rich soil will also allow for lush grass growth and that will help to crowd out the weeds.
Free soil testing kits may be available at your nearest United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Extension Office, or you can get one for a small fee at any home improvement or garden store. Once you have the test results, you will want to choose and apply a fertilizer that will help to replenish the missing nutrients in your soil and restore it to normal for your area.
2. Correct Drainage Issues
In addition to poor quality soil, drainage issues are another reason for an overgrowth of weeds in residential lawns. Areas where water tends to pool and stand after a rain may not be able to support healthy grass, but there are plenty of weeds that will grow quite well there. These include many types of mosses, bindweed, and chickweed.
Homeowners who have this type of drainage issue may find that corrective landscaping, followed by reseeding with grass or a good ground cover plant will help solve the problem and keep it from recurring.
3. Get Professional Help
Homeowners who are dealing with an overgrowth of weeds or those who have particularly troublesome weeds, such as poison ivy, nettles, or vines that are damaging to structures, such as kudzu, will want to skip the DIY approach and go straight to professional help.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, contact a reputable weed control service in your area.