Weed Removal: How to Identify and Remove Common Weeds
Unless you're Jonny our trademark goat, you probably don't like weeds.
Ugly and damaging, weeds have been a problem for gardeners and farmers for generations.
Ready to march on into the weed removal battle? Over time, proven techniques and strategies have been developed to help combat the threat of the green army.
As helpful as they are, they are pointless to know if you don't know what you're looking in the first place.
Here at North Texas Lawns, we've created the complete guide to identifying and removing common weeds and "Weed" like to share it with you!
Let's start by identifying a common weed.
What is a weed?
A weed is an undesirable plant which has a negative effect on those that surround it.
Weeds are known for stealing sunlight and nutrients from neighboring plants and always put up a resilient fight to survive.
While there are many different types, they each pose a threat to garden life and can differ in the method required to remove them.
Let's take the sting out of things and start with Nettles.
Weeds certainly won't throw the first punch, but they won't go down without a fight either.
Nettles are one of the most aggressive types of weed, leaving nasty rashes on those who dare to take a hands-on approach.
Unlike Poison Ivy, Nettles provide a physical reaction rather than a chemical one.
When attempting to remove the plant, make sure to wear protective gloves and clothing.
Cut out the plant base and allow it to dry out.
Always avoid burning the removed plant, as some plants such as Poison Ivy will give off a poisonous gas.
While these require protective clothing many others can be removed with much greater ease.
Take a bite out of Dandelions.
Dandelions are a much more common occurrence.
Although they appear bright and cheerful, they are one of the hardest weeds to control.
A Dandelion spread by seeds and can flower at any time, temperature permitting.
This allows for Dandelions to multiply easily and rapidly.
To remove a Dandelion, dig out the entire taproot and hoe the plants before they begin to flower.
Unlike Nettles and Poison Ivy, no protective clothing is necessary when attempting to remove Dandelions.
Another common weed that can be tricky is Crabgrass.
Give Crabgrass the pinch.
Crabgrass is probably the most commonly seen weed.
Common across most parts of the US, it's a proven and worthy nemesis.
Unlike the previously mentioned weeds, these will need to be removed entirely.
Roots are included with this and even the smallest remaining piece can cause a reoccurrence.
A good way of keeping Crabgrass from returning is to spray corn gluten over the affected area.
Corn gluten is effective in preventing the return of numerous weeds including the Canada Thistle.
Thistle teach 'em.
The Canada Thistle is perhaps one of the most attractive members of the weed family.
It's striking shades of lilac stand out amongst the regulated green surroundings.
In order to keep it under control, get on your gloves and get to work!
Dig out as much of the plant as possible and return to cut down any new shoots on a monthly basis.
All of the weeds mentioned previously can be kept under control with regular maintenance and general upkeep.
However, a proven and effective method of preventing the return of any weeds is a process called Mulching.
Mulching is a process of controlling moisture and suppressing weeds.
The process involves placing a sheet of material over soil once it has been worked.
While each weed can be controlled through mulching, it's worth taking into account that each respond better to specific depths and materials.
For example Lamb's Quarters, require heavy mulching.
Like lambs to the slaughter.
In order to remove Lamb's Quarters, hoe and pull when they are first noticed.
Despite causing problems, they can also offer a positive side effect to their presence.
Although they may cause problems to neighbouring plant life their leaves are in fact edible.
Stick a fork in them, they're done.
A lot of weeds like the Annual Sowthistle are damaged through the aerating process.
This is down to the fact that many weeds prefer compact soil conditions.
Once the entire root has been removed, aerate the area with a fork before mulching.
As mentioned previously there are many types of weed and each requires a different approach.
Some react well to herbicides and chemical influence.
Herbicides are toxic substances which are used to remove and destroy any unwanted vegetation.
In this instance, the weeds we are discussing are the victim.
While these can be used to control weed infestations, first take into consideration which type of herbicide you need.
The two types of herbicide are Contact Herbicides and Systematic Herbicides.
Contact herbicides work by destroying the parts of the plant which come into contact with the herbicide.
Systematic Herbicides work by destroying the plant through absorption. This allows the Herbicide to attack the weed from the inside out.
These can be extremely effective in the battle against unwanted plant life but some come at a cost.
Not only will they damage your bank balance they could damage the surrounding plants you wish to keep.
If you have any queries regarding the application of any of these products of the process involved please don't hesitate to get in contact with the team.
North Texas Lawns
North Texas Lawns are experts in lawn maintenance and offer a number of services that can help you achieve the garden you've always dreamed about.
The standard weed control will keep your weeds and bay and your garden well maintained on a monthly basis.
Should you require a more tailored appearance our Mulching service offers a variety of wood species and colors.
In addition to the high-quality services we provide, we also offer a guarantee.
If you're not happy with the service or there is a damage we will happily return to fix it for you.
We hope these simple tips will help turn those green thumbs into green fists as you combat the weeds attacking your lands.
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