WEED CONTROL MEANS NEVER HAVING TO PULL WEEDS AGAIN.
Even the best-tended lawns and yards occasionally come under attack from weeds and turf moss if you don’t have a weed control and management plan in place. Weed seeds can float in the air or be blown into your garden by strong winds. Crawling weeds from an outdoor patch can slowly and unnoticeably creep into your property to claim more territory. Even the few inevitable existing weeds you thought you had pulled out have successfully managed to proliferate in your garden.
In a similar way, lawn moss can become a very common problem in your garden. It can be caused by many different factors such as drought or waterlogging, compacted soil, poor drainage, high soil acidity, or something as simple as insufficient sunlight due to overgrown shrubs and trees.
How well your lawn copes with the onslaught of moss and weeds depends on the overall health of your garden and more importantly, the moss and weed control response that you choose. There are many options available, but each of these requires sufficient understanding of moss and weed behavior as well as a thorough assessment of your yard—layout, structure, drainage, soil acidity and all. That’s why it is a good idea to engage the services of a professional moss and weed control expert to help you come up with a successful plan to combat and control an infestation.
HOW MOSS GROWS IN YOUR LAWN OR GARDEN
Moss loves damp and dark environments, which is why it proliferates in moist and shaded areas of your garden. It also thrives in compacted or poorly drained soil. In lawns, moss tends to fill in areas where grass has weakened or stopped growing. Though it seems like moss forces lawn grasses out, that isn’t exactly the case. Moss is simply filling a void where grass or other plants cannot grow.
Grasses struggle in shady areas where soil is often acidic, overly moist or compacted. Moss, on the other hand, flourishes in those same conditions. Where grasses fail, mosses find ideal growing conditions. When lawn conditions support healthy and vigorous grass growth, mosses rarely appear.
In most cases, a spell of drought or very wet weather can trigger moss growth. However, a simple lack of lawn and garden maintenance can lead to a moss problem. For example, a deficiency in soil nutrients which can be addressed by simple fertilization can lead to the proliferation of moss growths. Also, mowing your lawn too close to the ground leaves turf grass struggling to get ahead of faster-growing moss and weeds.
While you will find lots of do-it-yourself tips to address moss issues in your lawn or garden, the truth is that it’s easier said than done. To keep your lawn moss-free, you need to correct complex issues such as high soil acidity, poor drainage, and inadequate soil aeration that may have encouraged moss growth. And unless you can change these conditions where moss is thriving, DIY measures are likely to be a temporary fix.
THE PROBLEM WITH WEEDS
Weed control and eradication is not so much about treating weeds as it is about preventing them. Healthy soil leads to a healthy lawn that discourages weed growth. Weeds are opportunists and their presence usually indicates an underlying problem. The presence of certain weeds can indicate a deficiency in the soil or other issues which, once solved, will ease weed pressure.
The basic principle behind effective and long-lasting weed control is that healthy soil and grass promote vigorous plant growth that out-competes the weeds. True, there are many commercial herbicides available in the market that can eradicate weeds in no time. However, most, if not all of these herbicides are non-selective, meaning they will destroy anything green, and that includes the grass on your lawn.
The better route to take when it comes to weed control and management is to first test the soil to find out if there are any nutritional deficiencies. You can hire a weed control specialist to do this for you. Based on your soil test results, a specialist will be able to formulate a treatment and maintenance program to help keep weeds at bay. He can also recommend best practices such as reducing soil compaction by aeration and mowing at the best level possible to encourage dense and lush grass growth that’s capable of crowding and snuffing out those weeds.
A thriving lawn is able to outcompete weeds and avoid weed infestations. When weeds do make themselves present, it becomes a matter of maintaining a manageable threshold so weeds don’t take over your lawn or garden. Regular weed control and lawn maintenance goes a long way in keeping grass healthy and strong so your lawn remains weed-free.
WHY GET PROFESSIONAL HELP FOR WEED CONTROL & YARD RESEEDING
Controlling moss and weeds can seem like an uphill battle once they get established in your lawn and effective control can be a lot more complex than you think. Reclaiming your lawn involves dealing with existing weeds or moss (or both) and correcting the conditions that invite them to grow.
You need not worry though. Ant & Garden Pest Control in Beaverton, OR can help with your weed or moss problem whatever the size of your affected area. Our triple-action weed control approach is a combined lawn feed, weed and moss treatment that selectively targets and kills weeds and moss without damaging the surrounding grass. At the same time, it feeds the lawn to encourage the growth of thick, healthy and greener grass to improve the overall look of your yard!
Get in touch with Ryan, our weed control specialist and master technician at Ant & Garden Pest Control today to discuss your moss and weed problem. You can reclaim your turf for thick, green grass and enjoy a moss and weed-free lawn and garden in no time at all!