With the snowy remnants of another Pittsburgh winter barely melted, you may still see unsightly weeds popping up throughout your lawn. Seeing weeds popping up on your lawn may have you wondering why your grass requires proper care and hard work to remain healthy, while weeds seem to grow and thrive anywhere under a variety of conditions.
Weeds can easily become a significant issue for your lawn because they grow quickly and are resilient to heat and other harsh conditions. Each type of weed thrives in different conditions. Some weeds prefer constant moisture while some thrive in lawns that are cut very short or have ample shade — other kinds of weeds like lawns with compacted soil that many species of grass can’t handle.
There is a wide range of weeds. Common weeds include:
Weed control is year-round work. Our comprehensive Five-Step Lawn Care Program includes treatments such as pre-emergent crabgrass control and weed control to keep your lawn healthy, green, and weed-free throughout the seasons. As part of this program, we will apply custom-blended fertilizer tailored to your lawn’s needs, and we will also apply weed control.
In March and April, we will perform the first step of the program where we will apply a weed treatment that will be used to prevent and control spring broadleaf weeds like clover and dandelions. In May and June, our weed control treatment concentrates on summer weeds, and our treatment in July and August focuses on weeds that thrive in the hot, humid weather common in those months.
Weeds grow from seeds in the same way grass does. A mature weed, before it dies, will produce seeds that fall into the ground, where they will lay dormant throughout the winter. These seeds will start to germinate when the soil reaches a temperature of roughly 55-60 degrees, usually around March. Although you may think your lawn is weed free, keep in mind that weed seeds can be delivered to your lawn by pets, shoes, or wind and end up in the ground.
With our pre-emergent weed control, we can create a barrier to prevent weeds from growing and breaking through the soil in your lawn. Our broadleaf weed control will also be reapplied throughout the year. These treatments do not last through the winter, so be sure to have your pre-emergent weed control applied early in the spring before the soil temperature rises and allows the weed seed to germinate and begin growing.
With our Five-Step Lawn Program, you can prevent weeds from growing in your yard this spring, summer, and fall. Our trained and licensed technicians will deliver consistent applications to help you enjoy a weed-free, healthy lawn through 2019. We also provide free service calls and free resprays for our full Five-Step lawn program customers.