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How To Get Rid of Weeds

How To Get Rid of Weeds 15 Apr 2013

Stopping weeds from growing in your garden
"Prevention is better than cure."

You've got to tackle weeds as soon as they appear to maintain a beautiful lawn. You should tame lawn weeds as soon as they appear. If you don't, they'll grow into large patches in no time. Weeds starve grass of nutrition and leave your lawn untidy and neglected.

The best way to prevent weeds from invading your lawn is to maintain thick, rich grass. More healthy grass means weeds have little opportunity to thrive.

You can control weeds by digging them out. But, prevention is much better than cure. A bit of extra effort in spring can save you a lot of time weeding later in the year.

Scarifying the lawn

Scarifying your lawn removes unwanted organic matter. Thatch and moss can starve your grass of the nutrients and water it needs to thrive. A scarifier can remove this thatch and prune the grass. Scarifying encourages thicker and healthier grass growth. It also leaves weeds no room to grow and thrive.

Use the scarifier as you would a lawn mower and follow the same lines you created when mowing the lawn. It's best to scarify in certain weather conditions. The best weather is some sunshine, warmth, and if there has been some rain. If you scarify when there has been heavy rain, or a drought, you could do more damage than good. Grass will not be able to recover as well.

Once you've scarified your lawn, you will need to gather, bag and dispose of the lifted thatch. This can leave your garden looking bare, especially if you have had issues. Do not worry! Think of scarifying as starting with a clean slate. Remove the matter that is stunting the healthy growth of your lawn.

Aerating the lawn

Aerating the lawn using a hollow tiner allows air into the soil and relieves soil compaction. This improves drainage and encourages deeper root growth.

An aerator machine (or hollow tiner) houses rows of tines that punch tiny holes into the lawn. Aerating is an effective treatment for your entire garden. They are quick and easy to use and treat the area to a professional standard.

Aerating your lawn is excellent for preventing moss. The improved drainage helps to deal with the damp patches on which moss thrives. With deeper root growth and improved drainage, your lawn is much better equipped to combat weeds and moss.

Overseeding

Once you've scarified and aerated your lawn, it can look bare and damaged. But, it is necessary to strip back your lawn and give it the best possible conditions to grow. Overseeing is the spreading of fresh grass seed over your lawn. Once you've overseeded, wait a few weeks for the seeds to take. Then, fill the gaps left by the thatch, weeds and moss that you removed with the scarifier. Once the seed has grown into the grass, it will leave little space for weeds and moss to grow and thrive.

You will start to see the benefits of scarifying and aerating your lawn after just a couple of weeks. It will become the lawn you've always dreamt you'd have!

Fertilising the lawn

Lawn fertilisation is vital during spring to give your lawn all the nutrients it needs.

In spring, a granular spring/summer fertiliser is ideal. These fertilisers contain high levels of nitrogen, phosphate, and other vital nutrients. Granular feeds tend to work better when the ground is still a little cold and growth is still patchy. Therefore, most people use them in spring.

Spread the fertiliser over your lawn. You can use a fertiliser spreader to ensure even distribution and make the job easier.

Lawn fertiliser helps the grass to grow thicker and increases its strength. It makes it more robust and better equipped to compete with weeds, moss, and weather-related stresses. Lawn fertiliser also helps to make your lawn the perfect healthy green colour.

If you feed the lawn a second time, six weeks after the first, it will remain strong and healthy all summer.

And if weeds do appear...

Remove any weeds with a small garden fork or trowel, making sure you remove the whole of the root. Next, fill the empty patches in your lawn with some grass seed and keep the area moist to help the seed establish and grow. You might even want to cover the patch over with wire mesh to stop any birds from getting at the seed!

The aim of the game is to get as full and rich grass growth as possible, giving weeds and moss no space to grow.