As we mentioned in a previous blog, Three Signs You Need Lawn Care in Calgary, weeds can be a sign your lawn is in need of lawn care services.
Weeds aren’t inherently bad — weeds can have benefits including stabilizing and adding organic matter. Although weeds do carry a number of benefits you most likely do not want to see them throughout your lawn this summer. The Yard Dawgs experts are here to help you keep your lawn lush and green while diagnosing any pesky weeds that pop up.
Crabgrass (Digitaria Sanguinalis)
Similar to crabs in the ocean, Crabgrass has many legs, is low-growing, and is a summer annual. Crabgrass spreads by seeds and rootings from nodes that lie on the soil. Left unmowed Crabgrass can grow to up to 2 feet tall.
You can prevent crabgrass by following these guidelines:
- Mow at the proper height. Higher mowing, usually at one of the top two settings on your mower, encourages lawn grass to shade soil which helps prevent the germination of crabgrass seeds.
- Deepwater your lawn. Ensure you are watering your lawn deeply and less frequently. When you water, wet the soil to a depth of 4-6 inches.
Quackgrass (Elymus repens)
Although quackgrass can look similar to any other blade of grass there are a few defining features to look for when you suspect this weed. The leaves will be broader than lawn type grasses and the blades of grass will have a rough feel to them when you run your fingers along the blade.
Once you have spotted Quackgrass in your lawn you can take the following steps:
- Check your soil. Quackgrass moves quickly through any soil but moves like lightning through loamy or sandy soil. Remove the quackgrass plant and roots as much as possible.
- Manually pull up the Quackgrass. Dig a hole 1 foot deep and wide near the Quackgrass. The roots are often deeper than you would expect so ensure you are digging accordingly. Pull the roots and Quackgrass out by hand.
Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale)
As beautiful as the bright yellow color of dandelions can be in the springtime, you probably don’t want them cropping up all over your lawn. Not only do dandelions have wind-borne seeds, but they also reproduce vegetatively thanks to large taproots. Unless you cut the root deep within the soil, you can be sure the dandelion will re-emerge.
To control dandelions you can follow a few guidelines:
- Dig up the dandelion. Dampen the soil around the dandelions and let the moisture sink in. Work a weeding knife down the base of the dandelion in order to get to the base. Grab the base of the plant between your fingers and gently pull.
- Use a chemical-based solution of your choice. There are many different options on the market to kill dandelions, shop at your local store, and choose the best fit for your lawn.
There you have it, 3 common weeds you could find on your lawn this year. Struggling to keep the weeds from your lawn? Contact Yard Dawgs and get your free quote for weed control.
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