Destroy weeds in the lawn - challenge moss, clover and greed

Destroy weeds in the lawn - challenge moss, clover and greed

Lush green, dense and uniformly high - this is what the lawn in the garden looks like. Many a gardener loves the sight of a well-tended lawn, which is equivalent to the English lawn. However, the structure is destroyed by unpleasant plants in between: weeds. With properly maintained lawn this has little chance. But once the weeds have prevailed, the fight against them must begin.

Weed Causes

Weeds in the lawn have many causes. One of them is nutrient deficiency in the soil. Lawn grasses have a very high nutrient requirement - in contrast to weeds. If the soil has less nutrients, the lawn's growth is inhibited. Weed plants, on the other hand, can continue to sprout unhindered. The less turf grasses grow, the more space there is for the weeds. Ultimately, it wins the fight. Similarly, lack of water causes more weeds in the lawn. The turf grasses wither and the unwelcome growth continues.

Another cause is contaminated seed. In different mixtures, which are usually lower in price, weeds are often found next to the grass seeds. At the same time, the gardener plants the unpleasant plants into the area. These are usually produced with inexpensive forage grasses - they grow fast, but do not form a dense sward and thus offer the weeds its way. In addition, the exposure plays an important role in the lawn. With the right cutting height, the lawn casts enough shade for itself and at the same time prevents weed growth, which germinates better in high light. About four centimeters in height have usually proven to have a beautiful lawn without weeds.

Prevention is therefore the first means to avoid weeds in the lawn. High-quality seed mixtures and regular care of the lawn are a must for every gardener. Those who are not careful here will quickly find moss, white clover, dandelion and co between the blades of grass. Then only the chemical or mechanical control will help.

Chemical Combat

A popular variant to destroy weeds are commercially available weed killers. They are the chemical method to get rid of the unpleasant growth. The annihilators contain chemically reproduced plant hormones. These affect only dicotyledonous plants - which includes numerous weeds. The turf grasses themselves are monocotyledonous plants and therefore are not affected. The weeds are stimulated by the annihilator to overgrow. However, this results in the plant dying.

However, success depends on the correct application of the weed killer. It starts with choosing the right product. Although most herbicides have a broad spectrum, not all weed species are evenly controlled. Sour clover and buttercup are harder to fight than dandelions and daisies. Therefore, if necessary, the expert should ask for the right product. The crafty gardener reads before using the respective information from the provider. In general: A warm and moist soil and mild temperatures are optimal. If there is frost at night or if the soil is very dry, it should be watered thoroughly before use. The lawn should not be freshly mown.

After use, it should not rain for at least eight hours - this would rinse the shredder off the leaves. Too much sunlight is also a hindrance and dries the drug too fast. Therefore, the afternoon hours are the optimal time to apply the weed killer. If the lawn grows bad, it can be assumed that there is a lack of nutrients. In addition, it should be fertilized after about two weeks. Because the effect also depends on good growth. Caution when applying: Too widespread spreading, the herbicide may also unwanted on adjacent beds. The watering can is the best solution here - it is thoroughly rinsed out after use.

Also mixtures of fertilizer and granulated weed killer can be used. However, their success is not as strong as that of the liquid relative. Here, it is particularly important that the lawn is wet when applied, so that the granules get stuck.

Mechanical Combat

The simplest means of weed control is weeding. With hand, weed and rake the weeds should be taken out of the lawn. Also home remedies, such as boiling water, vinegar and salt can achieve good results here. There are many different methods that can be helpful. Simply spray or pour the selected mixture over the weed plant and then remove the withered plant from the ground. For the lawn is suitable as a fight against the weeds especially the regular deep scarifying. If the plants have died, the gaps in the lawn must be filled. Otherwise new weeds would settle instead of new turf. That would mean - the fight against white clover, dandelion and co start from the beginning!

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