Of course, you need to exert some efforts to maintain your property in the best possible condition, and get just the right lawn weed and fertilizer. But the more common weeds and insects attack the lawn quickly, and the several applications needed by the chemical-based medicines take up much of your effort and time. In such a scenario, it often makes sense to resort to natural methods of controlling the weeds instead of depending on chemicals. It may not be possible to control every weed, but there are many options available that can be used to treat weak, medium and even acute cases. Also, a wide variety of grasses and herbs are available that can be used for treating all kinds of turfgrasses.
Some of the most commonly used synthetic medicines include herbicides (also known as herbicides), which are applied to the entire turfgrass. These are applied with a special apparatus that includes a plastic tip or a long, flexible spike that extends downward and outward. Herbicides, though useful in most cases, can cause soil erosion, disrupt and sometimes even destroy the root system of the weeds. And the residue that they leave behind is not at all beneficial for the next crop. The best option here is to go in for a liquid treatment of some sort, which is capable of sinking into the soil and doing its work deep down.
Fertilizers are the next option, and they come in two different forms granular and liquid. While granular types tend to stay put and do their work very well in the soil, liquid fertilizers do not. They need to be watered a few times before they start working, and then left alone for a couple of weeks. Liquid fertilizers, in most cases, work faster than the granular varieties, because they do not need to ‘melt’ into the soil to do their job. This makes them ideal for lawns with tight soil structure and fast regeneration.
Another way of controlling weeds is by applying herbicides or other pesticides. However, herbicides and pesticides can be harmful to both the environment and to the individuals using them. The health risks associated with these chemicals vary from case to case. One common concern is that they affect the endocrine system of the body, which is responsible for the development of hormones and immunity. In fact, exposure to too much herbicide can even result in cancer.
On the other hand, when you apply herbicides, they tend to kill only the weeds, which means they do not have any effects on the vital nutrients that the grass requires for growth. Moreover, while weeds might seem like a nuisance, they actually serve a valuable purpose in the lawn. They help to control over-watering, keep the soil damp and help with weed erosion.
On the other hand, turf weed killers are used when there are too many weeds around. Usually, they are used during the annual prevention phase. This is the time when you prepare for the next year, before the first frost. Turf weed killers come in two forms: liquid and powder. It is ideal for lawns that need to be sprayed several times a day. Because it takes less effort, it is also a great choice for homeowners who do not want to deal with a major operation.
There are many brands of fertilizers available in the market today. Each one claims to be the best weed control option for your lawns. If you want to get the best results, you must choose those fertilizers that provide healthy nutrients for the grass. This will also ensure that they survive the growing season and make it through the dormant period.
One good example is nitrogen pre-treatment. It provides an extra dose of nitrogen before the growing season. This is best applied after the rain as it allows the soil to absorb the additional nitrogen faster. It is a vital step if you want to prevent your lawn weeds from becoming more severe. A number of brands offer this type of fertilizer, so it’s easy to find one that suits your lawn weeds.