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Top 5 Reasons I Have Weeds In My Lawn

1. you’re Not Watering Properly

Proper watering is one of the most important, if not the most important regimen in obtaining and maintaining a healthy lawn. Proper watering can vary… even on the same property.  Things like temperature, sunlight and precipitation can all have an effect of the amount of watering a lawn can need.  Watering daily is much more beneficial than using more water less frequently.  We highly recommend a Moisture Manager application to help reduce the amount of watering your lawn may need. Click here  for more watering tips.

2. You’re Not Mowing Properly

When mowing, you should never cut more than 1/3 of the grass off at once. Since we are here in Michigan, lawns in the spring may need to be cut as much as 2 times per week.  A good rule of thumb is to set the mowing height to 3″ in the spring and fall.  Once it starts to heat up in the summer, mowing frequency can be reduced.  Typically summer mowing should be between 3-4″.  Longer grass helps to keep weeds from germinating and also helps keep the grass cooler.  Cutting grass too short will put your lawn at greater risk for disease, fungus and weeds. Click here for more mowing tips. 


3. Your Lawn Is Too Thin

Bare areas on a lawn are exactly where weeds want to grow.  When the lawn is bare, weeds don’t have to compete with healthy grass to establish themselves. Regular Aeration & Overseeding will help combat a thin lawn.

4. You’re Not Using The Correct Products

This is an image of someone who accidentally put roundup on a lawn
Someone used the wrong product to kill weeds (RoundUp).

Not all herbicides are created equal. Some weeds are harder to kill than other weeds.  Weeds like crabgrass, wild violet and nutsedge require additional herbicides added to our regular herbicide in order to see the weeds begin to wilt.  Without being able to properly identify the weeds, you may not be applying the correct herbicide.  

5. You Have Bad Soil

Lawns that are established in sandy or clay soils do not have the same microorganisms that feed the plants as lawns grown on topsoil. Sandy soils allow water to quickly pass through the grass roots without allowing roots to absorb enough water. Clay soil lawns get very compacted and water can have a hard time penetrating the soil to the roots, resulting in standing water.  Replacing soil can be very time consuming and expensive. Regular Aeration & Overseeding and having a proper Fertilizer Program will help combat bad soil.

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