How to prevent weeds in Omaha lawns
If you’re paying an Omaha lawn care company to manage your lawn and you’re noticing more weeds than usual, you’re not alone.
Abundance in yard intruders
Without exception, almost every lawn we manage in the Omaha area has seen an increase in weed pressure this season. What do you think might be causing these yard intruders to be making an extended stay this summer? We believe the reason is the extreme weather swings we had earlier in the year. Remember the torrential downpours we had for a few weeks? Heavy rains can impact the pre-emergent we applied by washing it away and breaking the barrier intended to stop crabgrass, foxtail, and other weed seeds from becoming menacing adult weeds!
The other factor we believe had a part in this was the extreme heat wave we had. This tends to dry out the soil and stress out the grass, making it more susceptible to weed pressure. What this means is that weeds tend to steal water sources faster so grass is more likely to suffer.
What can you do to help minimize the chances of weeds taking over your lawn in the future?
1. Mow tall to promote deeper roots and a thicker lawn
If you cut your grass too short, it can’t produce enough energy to grow! Keep in mind the “1/3 rule”: never cut more than 1/3 of your current grass height. If you’ve been gone for a week and your grass has gotten out of control, consider raising your mower blade and then mowing again in 3-4 days at your regular blade height. This allows the grass to still retain enough energy to continue growing…and you won’t have to bag all that extra grass. 😉
2. Water deeply just a few times a week
It’s actually best to keep your lawn a smidge on the dry side than on the wet side. We often see people running their sprinkler systems the morning after a night of rain. Before you walk out the house in the morning, simply shut off the sprinkler system if it’s rained the night before or if the rainfall expectation for the day is high. Watering deeply and infrequently allows the roots to grow down, thus chasing the water to promote deeper roots and a thicker lawn.
3. Aerate, overseed, and topdress with compost in the fall to thicken your turf
It’s important to routinely aerate, overseed, and topdress with compost to keep your lawn healthy and happy. If you subscribe to our emails, you’ll receive information on these Omaha lawn care services and organic lawn care services in the late summer!
4. Enroll in one of our Omaha organic lawn care programs
At Paradise Lawns, we are dedicated to your lawn, your family, your pets, and the environment! Our Omaha area organic lawn care programs are designed to create a strong, healthy, and living soil structure your grass can thrive in that chokes out the weeds naturally. (We even spot spray throughout the season for a little extra help!) Make your yard healthy and safe for your family and pets with Paradise Lawns today! Contact Dave for a free estimate at any time of the year!