Traditional Weed Control

Broadleaf weeds, just like turfgrass desire and enjoy most of the same pleasantries including competing for the same piece of prime real estate that receives balanced fertility, ample water, and ideal soil growing conditions. Weeds can be very aggressive and even the best maintained lawns are prone to infestation. Tolerance for weeds is minimal for many homeowners and taking a proactive approach to prevent them is the most effective. The best natural defense against weeds is maintaining a thick and healthy lawn. The foundation of our approach is to create a healthy and competitive lawn that is capable of out-competing weeds and tolerating minor insect feeding. This is a corner stone to delivering Ecology Friendly Lawn Care.

If and when weeds do persist, Traditional weed control services are available in accordance with Provincial and local pesticide regulations. Contact your local Nutri-Lawn office to learn more about the products and services offered and available in your market.

Traditional weed control service effectively eliminates broadleaf weeds using synthetic herbicides. Traditional weed control products are very predictable and are specially designed to selectively eliminate a broad range of broadleaf weeds without any risk of harming the lawn. Weed applications are carefully applied using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principals thereby minimizing the use of herbicides. Spot applications are used to effectively target each weed reducing the need to blanket spray the entire lawn area where weeds do not exist.

Traditional weed control is applied as a post-emergent spray, meaning only the weeds that are actively growing and present at the time of application are controlled. Traditional weed control has no pre-emergent capability, meaning new weeds have the potential to grow at any time. Difficult to control weeds may require several applications to effectively eliminate, thus scheduling regular weed treatments may be required or included as part of your lawn care program.

Traditional weed control service does not provide effective control for Crabgrass infestations. Grassy weed herbicides are required to control Crabgrass.

Best Defense against Weed Infestations:

  1. Ensure proper soil fertility, aeration, and soil pH. Without good soil your lawn will not compete well with weeds. Nutri-Lawn programs are designed to encourage healthy soil for your landscape.
  2. Water your lawn properly. This is also critical if you hope to maintain a thick, beautiful lawn. Over watering or under watering of a lawn can lead to weed infestation.
  3. Mow at the right height. Unless you have a bentgrass lawn, your mowing height should be up at 2.5” to 3.5”. Mowing too short can encourage weed infestations.
  4. Mow once a week. Rule of thumb is not to remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade. Scalping a lawn by cutting too short or waiting too long between cuts and then cutting short can set back a lawn for weeks.
  5. Annual aeration with an overseeding or slitseeding will introduce new vigorous cultivars of turfgrass and help keep the lawn thick so weeds are crowded out.
  6. Apply Organic Plus Topdressing to add nutrients, and organic matter to your soil, without the fear of weed seed. Other topdressings can be full of nasty weed seeds.
  7. Consider hand-pulling the weeds. Two people and a couple good weed pullers can go a long way. After hand-pulling, it is strongly recommended to overseed the bare soil areas left from pulling the weeds and apply a starter fertilizer. This will help stop weed seeds from getting established in these spots. Hand picking weeds to establish weed control will only address the present weed problem, but does not address the source of the problem. Simply hand weeding does not prevent or discourage new weeds from getting established. Hand-pulling should be considered as simply one part of the whole approach, which includes regular feedings, core aeration and annual overseeding.

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