Everything you need to know about effective weed control.
There are a lot of factors to keeping your lawn healthy in spring, with some of the most common springtime pests being those dreaded weeds. Luckily, our lawn care experts know all there is to know about the little blighters, so you can be prepared to administer with the right treatment when the time comes.
How do weeds work?
Weeds have a large number of mechanisms and characteristics that enable them to survive. Many have thick, wax-type leaves that can be resistant to some weed killers, as well as fast reproduction methods, and the ability to reseed in six weekly cycles. In many cases, weeds also have a more robust root system than any of the common grass species you will see typically on a lawn in the UK.
Therefore, it is important that you choose the correct weed killer in treating the weeds, and that the correct applicator and nozzles are used. If not, the weed will continue to flourish at the expense of the grass quality. It is also important to remember that not all weeds are the same in establishment and growth, as they can have one of three life cycles. These are:
- Annual weeds: Live for a single season. These weeds germinate from seed in the spring or summer, flower, and then die.
- Biennial weeds: Live for two seasons. During the first growing season, these weeds remain in a vegetative state and, in the following year, produce flowers, set seeds and die.
- Perennial weeds: Live for multiple seasons and flower more than once. This is the most common type of growth cycle in which the majority of lawn weeds are found – including dandelions, daisies, speedwell, plantains and buttercups.
Achieving good weed control
It is important not to start the treatment of weeds too early in the year, as there are a number of reasons why the weed may still flourish even after a weed killer has been applied…
- The weeds are not in growth – All weeds need to be in growth if the weed killer application is to be successful. Never apply a weed killer before the weeds are in growth or during drought conditions. Please be mindful that weeds will come into growth at differing times across the UK, so please do not treat weeds too early in the spring period, as mid-March (and more likely early April) are the times when the majority of weeds are actively growing.
- Incorrect application; the wrong product dilution rate – Always follow the product label and application rates at all times.
- Damaged nozzles – If the nozzle on the sprayer has been damaged the application rate will be affected. Check nozzles regularly and replace damaged nozzles immediately.
- Spraying at the wrong time – Rainfall immediately after application will affect the efficiency of the weed killer. Drought conditions can also prevent the plant from absorbing the product, so when temperatures are high, you need to apply all weed killers before 11 am.
- Wrong herbicide – Certain weeds are more resistant to specific herbicides. Always check the product label before the application.
For more expert weed treatment and guidance, get in touch with the professionals. Our lawncare operatives are equipped to deal with any type of weed problem, year-round. For a no mess, no hassle lawn care experience, call TruGreen today on 0800 021 3074 or find your nearest business to find out more.