“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!'”
– Robin Williams
We think Mr. Williams hit the nail on the head with that quote! There’s no doubt about it: After a dull and dreary winter, the first signs of spring will put a bounce in anyone’s step. Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the air just feels ripe with possibilities. We’re always excited about the potential each new growing season brings, and we’re especially pleased to be working with you to keep your property looking its best.
We’re here whenever you need us, so please don’t hesitate to call anytime you have a question or concern. Your satisfaction is our first priority, and we hope you’ll let us know if there’s anything we can do to improve your experience with us. Working together, we can make your property more beautiful and more valuable…while enhancing the quality of the environment we all share.
Dennis Barriball, President
“Just Say No” to Broadleaf Weeds
We’d all like to have a thick carpet of beautiful, green grass without a weed in sight, but the reality of the situation is that broadleaf weeds are very determined pests. No lawn is immune to them, their seeds are always present in the soil, and they germinate throughout the growing season. Dandelions are probably the most familiar to you, but others such as chickweed, ground ivy, henbit, knotweed, plantain and thistle can all make an appearance in your turf when you least expect it.
Broadleaf weeds have trouble growing in dense, healthy lawns. Therefore, the first step in “Saying No” to them is to develop a hearty stand of grass through ongoing care and maintenance. This includes regular fertilization, insect and disease control as necessary, adequate irrigation in the absence of rainfall (1″ to
1 1/2″ per week), and proper mowing (removing no more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time).
What if That’s Not Enough?
Despite our best efforts to maintain a beautiful lawn, broadleaf weeds can still show up in your turf from time to time. When this happens, they need to be treated with a post-emergent herbicide. Post-emergents must be used when the weeds are actively growing (many broadleaf weeds can’t be treated with pre-emergents like those used to prevent crabgrass seeds from sprouting).
Once applied, it can take up to three weeks for the weeds to die off completely. Repeat applications may also be necessary, since broadleaf weed seeds germinate continuously.
Remember, when it comes to broadleaf weeds, don’t concede. It’s easy to “Say No” to these annoying pests with good lawn care practices and post-emergents. To learn more about broadleaf weed control and how Hemlock Landscapes can help, give us a call today. Or, click here to request more information.