Weeds are not only an eyesore but they’re also a form of pest. Weeds absorb nutrients that would otherwise have gone to your desirable shrubs and trees. Yes, you want to eliminate these burdensome plants. However, what is the best way to get rid of weeds? Should you kill them or dig them up?
Killing weeds usually involves the use of chemicals. This entails the use of both pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides. Use the former to prevent the seeds from germinating. Use post-emergent sprays directly on the weed. The leaves absorb the chemicals, causing them to shrivel and die.
Alternatively, you can kill a weed by cutting off the top with a hoe. If the weather is dry, weeds won’t be able to absorb water without its top. With some weed species, you also need to follow up by spraying a glycophate-based herbicide to completely kill off the plant.
Digging Up the Weed
You may decide to remove the weed by digging it up and removing the entire root system. This is a more labor-intensive process since you have to remove the weeds individually. This method, however, is beneficial since you don’t use any herbicides, which can harm nearby vegetation. Consider digging after a rain spell. The ground will be much softer and easier to dig.
If you go this route, consider turning over the entire sod. This will bring some of the seeds to the surface and prevent germination. We recommend this if you’re planning to convert the lawn into a garden.
All Weather Landscaping removes and prevents weed growth as part of its lawn care service. Give us a call for landscaping or pressure washing services. Whether you decide to kill them or dig them up, you need to get rid of the weeds.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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