Weeds and Bare-spots: Sensible Solutions to Your Lawn's Ailment

Even the most vigilant gardener may find that their lawn doesn't look the best that it can be due to unexplained bare-spots or weeds. There are some simple ways to reduce the risk of the underlying cause of bare-spots, as well as some practical strategies to reduce weeds. Use these tips, or consider reaching out to a landscaping contractor for professional advice and assistance.

Some suggestions for repairing and restoring your lawn include:

Bare Spots

Before trying to treat bare-spots on your lawn, you should first figure out what is causing them to appear. Bare spots may be caused by heavy traffic and play, pets, or other elements that compact the lawn, while insects may cause spots of grass to thin and die. The underlying reason for the bare spots dictates the best approach to take when repairing your lawn.

Some bare-spot advice includes:

  • If insects are to blame, use an insecticide and get rid of pests before patching or replacing your lawn.
  • Install stepping stones or a path to prevent recurring issues associated with foot-traffic or heavy use.
  • Repair the spots by replacing grass with new sod and grass seed.

Broad-leaved Weeds

Mowing is the first line of defense against the common broad-leaved weeds that appear on the lawn, and keeping your lawn healthy is also an effective preventative. You can use general weed killer treatments to spray or dust on the lawn that will curb weeds, but if you allow the grass to grow tall, they will inevitably return.

Some common broad-leaved weeds include these:

  • Thistle
  • Spurge
  • Daisies
  • Dandelion
  • Speedwell
  • Plantain
  • Dock

Grassy Weeds

Some grassy weeds, such as wild onions, will require that you remove them by hand to get rid of them, while others such as crabgrass, quackgrass, and yarrow, may respond to general weed killer solutions. Some of the grassy weeds have a strong scent, such as yarrow and wild onion, which may be off-putting to many homeowners.

Beneficial Weeds

Some beneficial weeds around your lawn and property may include clover, chickweed, or hawkweed. These weeds may attract birds, butterflies, and bees, in addition to increasing the nitrogen content of your lawn. Treat these with general weed killer, be sure to keep the lawn mowed, and aerate the lawn periodically to improve the soil, for best results.

Don't let common lawn ailments impact the look and appeal of your yard this season. Use these tips to prevent bare spots and weeds from compromising your lush green space, or contract a landscaping contractor to acquire professional assistance. Keeping your lawn healthy and maintained will improve the curb appeal of your entire property overall, which makes it a prudent investment of time and money. For more information, contact Valley Green Companies.