What is a weed? It's any plant that grows where we don't want it. Often weeds are non-native, potentially invasive plants that can outgrow and crowd out the plants we put in our landscape on purpose.
To avoid a big problem in the height of the growing season, take some time now to stop weeds as soon as they appear. The key is to get rid of them before they flower or go to seed.
There are two basic methods of weed control: hand pulling and spraying them.
Hand pulling weeds
If the ground is still moist from rain, pulling weeds becomes much easier and you should be able to remove the root easily. If you only remove the top part of the weed but leave the root in the ground, it will soon grow back.
At the end of a weed-pulling project, there's great satisfaction in seeing the nicely cleaned bed areas and the big stack of weeds that are no longer in your yard. But hand pulling weeds is not a one-time effort. You'll need to keep an eye out for those left behind roots sprouting and for weeds that come in on the wind and try to make a new home in your landscape. It is important to remember that seeds can be blown in by the wind or left behind from hand-pulling, which will make your hand-pulling project an all-summer task.
Applying a weed killer product is another option and is most effective when sprayed on small, newly emerging weeds unless you are dealing with noxious weeds such as thistle. Trying to pull out short weeds often ends up with them breaking and leaving the root in the ground to regrow. Taller and mature weeds that are sprayed will eventually turn brown and will still need to be pulled out and removed.
Use the proper treatment on the right weed. Before applying any weed killer, read the label, pay attention to safety precautions and pollinator information, and know the difference between the two basic types of products. Better still, rely on our team at Bearss Landscaping. We have proper training and licensing to use weed killers safely and most effectively. Fill out our online authorization form to get on our weed control service schedule.
Don't expect to become weed free
For many weeds, total eradication is unlikely. For example, if your neighbor lets dandelions bloom, you won't be able to keep them from popping up in your landscape. You'll need to determine how many unwanted plants you can tolerate seeing when choosing your weed control method. With our weed control programs, it can take close to five years to just get rid of existing weeds and seeds on your landscape, especially in our windy, dry, mountain-desert climate. So, patience is key.
Remember that a healthy landscape is your best defense against weeds. Encourage the plants you want by keeping them healthy so that they can establish themselves and push out weeds by claiming their real estate.
Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (2021, May 14). Tip of the Week: Weed Control. https://www.alcc.com/tip-of-the-week-email