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No Mercy - Squash Annoying Weeds

Jun 4, 2008
Weeds are the nemesis of all lawns, whether they are nearly as ancient as the trees around them, or freshly planted. These unsightly blemishes can really ruin the appearance of an otherwise immaculate lawn. To combat the spread of weeds across America, a number of quality chemical compounds have been devised that stop weeds dead in their tracks.

These commonly come as sprays, but may also be purchased as a granulated spreader. Sprays are simple to use and effective, but on windy days can cause problems for other nearby vegetation by traveling on the wind. This could cause nearby flowers or vegetables to become harmed. After spraying for weeds, you should reseed the lawn in those areas to quickly take advantage of the open space soon to be vacated by those pesky weeds.

The first step in prevention of weeds though is to maintain a healthy lawn with good soil. Weeds take root in areas poorly maintained which may be causes by other diseases or underlying problems in your lawn maintenance. Too much moisture in the soil and poor air circulation are common problems that lawns face. These problems can be partially solved by pruning.

A good method to develop healthy turf is by planting a mixture of different lawn seeds which can be done by sowing different grass seed. This makes the lawn as a whole much more resistant to disease and weeds.

Close mowing your lawn may lead to the development of diseases, as it weakens growth and brings about fungal attacks which can cripple weakened blades. Watering at night and overwatering in general is also poor practice, inviting the spread of bacteria and disease.

Healthy turf will be at less risk from insects, but if you feel bugs are causing your lawn problems, you can roll back a patch of sod and take a look. The presence of a high volume of birds on your lawn could also indicate insect infestation, as the birds will feed on the grubs, sod worms and other pests just below the surface of your lawn.

Moles may also become attracted to areas with high insect infestation, which could prove to be a real bother. While moles can prove beneficial by feasting on those insects and potentially ridding you of them before moving on, the ridges they leave in your lawn can attract mice, who feed on the bulbs and roots of grass and plants. This could of course to lead to mice taking an interest in your house, which is the last thing you want. You're advised to take care of any insect problem on your own, and as soon as possible.

With these steps you should be well on your way to having a healthy patch of greenery ideal for relaxing in and letting the children play around on.
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