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Tuesday, Sep. 13th, 2016

Killing Weeds Quickly


The weather is cooling down, and if you’re like me, you’ve been putting off your weeding for longer than you should have. However, there’s still time to get to it before the winter weather comes and if not, there’s always time next spring.

While you’re out there, you might noticed a variety of weeds, and with each weed comes a different tactic to get rid of it for good. To help you kill those weeds, you need to understand them a little more, which is why we want to dive in and take you into the weeds that taunt you.

Annual Weeds
Annual weeds are the most stubborn weed out there. From the moment they sprout, they do all they can to spread their seed as fast as possible. If you can’t kill annual weeds or pull them shortly after they appear, make sure you deal with them before they seed.

When you’re looking at a crop of annual weeds that have set seed, but not dropped them, you might be able to use a lawn mower with a grass-catcher bag attached to cut and collect the seed. This method actually works well with quack grass and goose grass. After mowing, make sure to destroy or dispose of the clippings and avoid adding them to your compost pile, otherwise you’re just spreading the seed.

Perennial Weeds
Once you see a perennial weed, you need to take action. With tap-rooted weeds like dandelions, pulling young plants improves your odds of removing the entire root.

If you have gotten to these weeds a little late, you’ll need to coerce these weeds into submission, and eventually death, by consistently removing or treating foliage with herbicide. For grassy weeds like nustedge, treat before six leaves appear, and for broadleaf weeds, treat them when leaves have just unfolded but before they have time to replenish their roots.

If you use this technique on dandelions, you’ll wipe out most plants with two treatments. Unfortunately, the more stubborn the weed, the longer it lasts. It’s definitely worth the effort to keep pushing them out though. Every time the plant pushes out new leaves that are killed, the effort is getting rid of food supplies in the root. At some point, food reserves will run out, and the plant will die.

Pulling vs. Spraying
Spraying herbicide plays an important role when you’re clearing vegetation from an area or when you’re dealing with weeds you can’t eradicate any other way. It may take a few times to kill the weed completely, which may lead the weed to continue spreading its seeds.

If you’re more inclined to pulling weeds, you’re more likely to gain a foothold. Use a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weed seeds from spreading in planting beds and lawns. Don’t use pre-emergent weed killers in beds where you plan to sow seeds, the herbicide will prevent them from germinating as well.

After the Weed
Weeds take opportunity to a whole new level. Leave one bare spot, and multiple weeds will appear. Once you’ve dealt the deathblow to a weed, either by pulling, digging, or spraying, fill in any resulting bare spot with mulch or seed. This way the soil will be ready for new growth.
Now that you know a little more about weeds, it’s time to get the professionals on it. TaskEasy can find you the right vendor to take care of your weeds so they don’t keep appearing year after year.

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The author’s views are entirely his or her own and may not always reflect the view of TaskEasy.