Now that you have your yard prepped for spring, it’s time to start thinking about summer. Weeds are an accepted part of having a lawn in Utah. Homeowners spend countless hours during the summer and fall battling these pesky plants only to have to start all over again in the spring. There is a way to break the cycle and be able to manage the weeds in your yard better. Here are a few helpful tips to get your yard ready for summer and keep it weed-free.
Since a weed’s life begins as a seed, it’s essential to eliminate them before they have a chance to germinate and cause you a headache in the summer. The seeds are deposited all across your lawn in the fall when weeds produce seeds. To break this never-ending cycle of weeds, you need to apply pre-emergent weed control early in the spring before the grass begins to green up. If you continue to follow these weed control tips, you can achieve a weed-free yard.
Use Post-Emergents in the Summer
As summer approaches, many weeds will be on their second generation. Even if you eliminated spring weeds early with pre-emergent weed control, you would still get a stray weed here and there that drifted in from elsewhere. Your goal is to target these stray summer weeds before they can produce seeds and ruin your spring. Summer broadleaf weeds can be targeted with a post-emergent weed control that only kills the weed and not your grass.
Common Weeds in Utah
- Annual bluegrass
- Black medic
- Bermuda grass
- Creeping bellflower
During our hot summers, our grass can take a beating. When grass isn’t getting enough water, it will turn brown and weak. This allows weeds to sneak in and take root. By following proper irrigation methods, you can get your grass to thicken up and prevent weeds on its own.
- Grass needs at least one to two inches of water per week.
- Water deeply and less frequently to encourage root growth.
- Water early in the day to avoid fungal growth.
Don’t Over Fertilize
Refrain from using fertilizer in the summer, even if your lawn is looking weak. It’s best to stop fertilizing about 30 days before summer starts to avoid burning your grass. The best time to fertilize is in the spring and fall.
A great way to encourage your grass to grow thick is to raise your lawn mower blade in summer. Tallgrass grows thicker, which makes it more tolerant to drought, encourages deeper root growth, and prevents new weeds from germinating. During the summer, cool-season grasses should be mowed at 3”- 4” while warm-season grasses should be mowed at 2”- 3”. Remember to always keep your mower blades sharp. Your mower should be cutting your grass, not tearing it.
Trust Your Lawns to the Experts at Ferta-Lawn
At Ferta-Lawn, we know that lawn care is time-consuming. That’s why we designed our lawn care program; to give you a beautiful yard without investing all the time. Our six-step lawn care program is guaranteed to turn your yard into a vibrant, healthy, weed-free lawn.
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