When you are out wandering through your yard, it may appear that grass is what makes up most of your lawn. Ideally this would be the case, but the truth is that most people do not notice the wide variety of lawn weeds that surround their home. Now some of these weeds may be harmless, some may even be beautiful, but they are weeds just the same. A crucial aspect of lawn care is educating yourself on which ones can do serious damage to your lawn and what you can do to prevent it.
The first type of weed we’ll discuss is the dandelion. We’re all familiar with the small, bright yellow flowers that spring up around the yard and blossom into white balls of fluff. Who, at one time or another, hasn’t picked a couple dandelions to blow on and watch the fuzzy seeds dissipate in the wind? You may not know that these weeds are safe to eat and are actually really good for you! They are rich in nutrients like Vitamin A, C, K, calcium and potassium. When it comes to your lawn, however, use in moderation. A few dandelions here or there can be beneficial to incorporate into your lawn care routine. They protect against armyworms and deliver beneficial minerals deep into the soil. But too many can deprive your lawn of necessary water and nutrients.
Next let’s examine ‘Creeping Charlie,’(also known as ground ivy or creeping Jenny). This is a dangerous weed known for invading and choking grass in moist, shady lawns. This weed is know for its four-sided stem, small rounded leaves and can sometimes appears with lavender blue flowers. To keep this weed away from your yard, keep your grass healthy and thick with a regular lawn care routine, as Creeping Charlie likes to pray on thin grass. If it’s already present, you can pull it out by hand or use a dethatching rake. You can also eliminate this weed with the use of Borax or other synthetic chemicals.
One thing that both of these weeds have in common is that neither can grow in a lawn that’s luscious and thriving. That’s where Hansen’s comes in. With our complete line of lawn care services, you can keep your lawn in top quality condition. Our professional staff can handle the mowing, seeding, aeration and much more (including weed control). Contact us today and learn more about what Hansen’s can do for your lawn.
Stay tuned for Part 2, which will discuss more common lawn weeds…