There are many aspects for weed control. Weeds generally appear in thin areas of the lawn and when the soil pH is out of balance. An important concept to remember is that not all weeds appear at the same time during the growing season. It’s an ongoing process to control weeds during the growing season. Throughout our website and our documentation Quality Lawn Services focuses heavily on soil testing. Simply this is the only way you can be assured the customized plan we design for you will be effective. Once you have ideal growing conditions for a thick healthy lawn, weeds can be more easily controlled.
Cultural practices are also an important part of controlling weeds. Mowing height at 3 or more inches, sharpening mower blades frequently(3-4 times per growing season), aerating soil compacted areas and frequent watering play important roles for controlling weeds. A regular fertilization program with proper blends of fertilizer being applied correctly throughout the growing season is also important for a weed free healthy lawn.
Quality Lawn Services prides itself on using the least toxic products on the market for weed control. In other words “Caution Label” as opposed to Warning or Danger label products. Unless warranted, Quality Lawn Services very seldom blanket sprays a lawn with weed control. In most instances we spot spray weedy areas resulting in minimizing the amount of product used. We don’t apply product during rain or wet conditions as the results are minimized and there is a greater chance for runoff.
Quality Lawn Services establishes a relationship with each of its customers to understand their expectations as to an acceptable level of weeds that may continue to appear in their lawns. Sometimes, an acceptable level is ‘no weeds’ but in most cases customers realize it’s almost impossible to achieve. Part of our lawn care program is ongoing education on how customers can do their part on minimizing the amount of weeds that appear in their lawns.
To sum up weed control in a few words, it boils down to soil PH, type of soil, type of grasses, cultural practices, fertilization and customer expectations. If all of these are coordinated properly, you will have a thick weed free healthy lawn.