Don’t try to weed and seed at the same time – here’s what to do instead.
Sometimes, a lawn can get away from you – or you could inherit a lawn that has seen better days. If it’s a lawn with plenty of weeds and several bald patches, you may think you can reclaim it by attacking the weeds and reseeding the bald patches. In fact, this could backfire on you, as the weed killer takes out the new seedlings or the fertilizer for the seeds encourages the weeds to thrive.
Want to save time, money, and effort? We’ll explain how to get your lawn healthy and happy in the shortest time when you have to tackle both weeding and seeding for the same lawn.
Weeding & Seeding: The Proper Procedure
So if weeding and seeding at the same time is a huge no-no, in which order should you tackle these tasks?
Start with the weeding, and ensure that all the weeds are gone before you start seeding.
This will not only make it easier to get rid of the weeds, but it will also allow you to seed any new bald patches from where the weeds took hold.
How to Get Rid of Every Weed
When it comes to weeding, you have two options: spraying or removing by hand. For those that elect to spray, it is always best to spray when dry conditions are expected for 24 hours (at the very least) after application. By ensuring that ample time has passed after the application, you’re ensuring that the spray will reach the roots of the weeds. If it rains, the spray will run off and potentially take out the rest of your lawn or other plants.
If you want to pull out your weeds by hands, there is also a perfect time for pulling. It is best to pull weeds after a rain when the ground is wet to ensure that all of the root is removed. When pulling weeds by hand, make sure that you remove the entire root clump so that the weeds cannot re-grow. If you’re tilling or using another pulling tool, remove the weeds completely from the ground so that they cannot re-root.
Bringing Back a Green, Healthy Lawn
Now that you’ve gotten rid of every weed on your lawn, it’s time to reseed. You can technically seed your lawn anytime throughout the year, but it’s most effective during the spring or fall. During the spring months, prior to the start of the true grass-growing season, grass has the opportunity to strengthen and lengthen roots. The result is a much stronger root system and, ultimately, stronger and healthier grass.
Try to plan just before a rain so that the seeds get watered amply and right away. You can still plant during dry months, but you’ll have to water every day to ensure sufficient growth. Even during wet months, make sure the seedlings stay pretty watered so that new stalks have a chance to grow.
So while it will take a lot of time and effort, you can reclaim even the most weed-infested, balding lawn if you are patient and tackle it one step at a time. Of course, if you’d like to make sure that every weed gets pulled and the seeds have the best chance of growing, consider working with a lawncare professional like us at Greenleaf. If you need help with your lawn, whether it’s unruly or not, contact us today.