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Combating weeds is an unenviable task. Not only is getting rid of them a chore, but these invasive plants make your lawn look patchy and fill your garden with unusual and often unwanted wildflowers.
From selfheal and daisy weeds to dandelions and creeping buttercups, many of the most common weeds can quickly establish themselves, and their roots can suffocate the grasses’ roots you’ve so carefully maintained.
Usually, common weeds can be tackled in the following ways:
- Crowd them out – A healthy and stable lawn with fewest gaps will help keep them at bay. Most weeds are simply opportunists. Minimise their opportunity by keeping your lawn free of bare patches. Remove weeds from their root and re-turf or re-seed the affected area accordingly.
- Just the right amount of fertiliser – Getting the right balance of nutrients to your garden is vital for healthy growth.
Always follow the recommended guide provided by your fertiliser. Use slow-release fertilisers in autumn and winter, and then high nitrogen fertilisers in spring. Too much nitrogen will cause grass to grow straggly and it will quickly become more susceptible to weeds, moss and pests.
- Be patient – Come the end of summer through mid-autumn, when the is typically soil is looser due to rainfall, you’ll be able to dig out hardy herbicide-resistant weeds easier. Then, simply re-turf and re-seed accordingly. To keep your grass healthy, make sure to keep an eye out for lawn friendly weed killer.
- Mow higher – mowing your grass too short can cause it to weaken, weeds can soon overcome your lawn if cut too short, too often. Instead, by letting it grow slightly longer, the quality of your lawn will improve. A good rule of thumb – never cut more than a third of the length of a grass blade.