Start Fighting Spring Weeds by Treating Your Bermuda Grass Now
What Weeds Should I Look For?
As the weather begins to warm back up, starting to treat Bermuda grass lawns is a must for keeping hard-to-kill spring weeds away. The two most common spring weed types in these lawns are grassy weeds and broadleaf weeds, both of which include common, stubborn plants that could choke out your yard. Grassy weeds to look out for are crabgrass, foxtail, goosegrass, and more. The most common broadleaf weeds include the notorious dandelion, and chickweed. Specific weed types will depend on your area, but knowing the most common will help with specific maintenance tactics. If you can identify the right plant, you can better make informed choices on what products to buy, and what services to employ.
What Should I Do?
As mentioned previously, the best weed control will come from being able to properly identify specific weeds on your lawn. However, there are plenty of common practices that will keep weeds away as a whole.
Mow The Right Height: Knowing when to mow your grass again will highly depend on the area you live in. In much of the South, temperatures stay relatively warm year-round. Generally, you should start mowing again around the beginning of March, and make sure you do not mow if your grass is still in dormancy. Overall, keep your grass at a height of around 0.5 to 1.5 inches tall.
Choose The Right Spring Fertilizer: Spring is one of the most crucial times to fertilize your lawn. Ensure that you have waited until after the last frost of the season to fertilize. The best bermuda grass fertilizer will promote the growth of healthy roots and grass blades.
Set A Watering Schedule: As a whole, bermuda grass lawns do not need much watering until they begin their growth cycles in the spring. Depending on how often it rains in your area, you will need to adjust your sprinkler systems accordingly. Once you find the sweet spot, set a schedule and watch your beautiful lawn grow.
Be Cautious With Herbicides: Two types of herbicides are best suited for bermuda grass, pre-emergent and post-emergent. As the names may imply, pre-emergent are used to keep weeds from emerging in the first place, and post-emergent are used when weeds have already made an appearance. Always follow application directions on the product, and do extra research where needed. Overuse of herbicides may result in a patchy lawn, and allow even more weeds to break through.
Control Niches: Dead or dying areas of your lawn are the most at risk for weed invasion. Keeping a lawn healthy is not only good for aesthetics, but it’s great for keeping harmful pest plants away. Weeds love to move in where other areas of your landscape are lacking, be mindful of these areas and check them often.
When In Doubt, Choose Professionals: Lawn maintenance and weed control can seem a bit overwhelming. Choosing the perfect methods to use, what pesticides to apply, and when to water can cause a lot of stress on homeowners that want to maintain their yards. If you are having trouble treating, turn to a professional. Landscape maintenance programs through Rich-Way Landscape are one of the easiest ways to ensure that your yard will look great year-round, sparing you the time!
Weeds are the bane of every homeowner’s existence. Despite what you do to control them some always seem to slip through the cracks, but you may not be managing them properly! Although the very nature of bermuda grass makes weeds harder to grow they may still appear, and different weeds, growing cycles, and time of year requires different types of weed control. Learn how to fight spring weeds in bermuda grass lawns with help with Rich-Way Landscape!