Weed Control For Your Lawn

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Weed Control For Your Lawn

Simply stated, weed control for Cape Coral and Fort Myers homeowners is a constant challenge. Our tropical weather provides an extremely favorable environment for weeds to run rampant if left unattended. Today we discuss types of weeds and how you can get your lawn looking lush and healthy again.

In general, you will find three types of weeds in your Cape Coral or Fort Myers lawn. The life cycle of weeds can be annual, biennial, or perennial.

Broadleaf Weeds

As their name suggests, broadleaf weeds have wide leaves with a main vein in the center leading to smaller veins that branch out.

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They grow single flowers or clusters of blossoms, like clover and dandelion. Some grow upright and others stay close to the ground, while their stems can be round or square.

Grassy Weeds

Grassy weeds emerge as one single leaf. Their characteristics include hollow, rounded stems and nodes (joints) that are hard and closed.

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With alternating leaf blades on each side, the blades are much longer than wide and have parallel veins. In Florida, crabgrass and goosegrass are common grassy weeds. They can be difficult to identify since they closely resemble attractive grasses.

Sedge Weeds

Sedge weeds have tall, flower-bearing stems and resemble spiky burrs. They are small and numerous and can be found in groups of three on top of a triangular stem. They can look similar to normal grass. In Florida, the most common species are yellow and purple nutsedge.

Recognizing the characteristics of each will help determine the proper weed control for your Cape Coral or Fort Myers lawn.

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PRO TIP: In all cases, a thick, healthy lawn that is maintained regularly will minimize the presence of weeds.

The first step to weed control is to determine which type of weed you have; then, apply the right treatment to eliminate them. Once this is complete, it is time to implement preventive measures to keep the weeds from returning.

We recommend calling us for professional treatment and weed control for your Cape Coral or Fort Myers lawn to save you time, frustration and money.

Here are a few tips to control weeds from taking over your lawn:

  • Implement a consistent mowing schedule. In general, mowing every week during peak season will keep weeds from flowering and spreading their seeds. Trim the lawn to approximately 2 ½” deep so the thick grass creates a canopy of shade, blocking the sunshine which weeds require to sprout.
  • Pull weeds by hand. Certainly not the most efficient way, nor the most popular, taking time to remove the roots and underground parts will ensure the weeds do not survive and produce new shoots. Some weeds may require a small shovel to properly dig out the roots.
  • Apply mulch. Spread a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or rock to ornamental bed areas to suppress germinating weed seeds.
  • Utilize Herbicides. Different weeds require different chemical treatments. Implementing the incorrect herbicide can kill your entire lawn or stop desired grass seed from sprouting. We recommend calling us for the correct herbicide and not making this a DIY project.
  • Fertilize Regularly. Along with regular pest control, a proper irrigation schedule, and regular maintenance, it’s important to fertilize your lawn accurately.

When you’re ready to give up pulling weeds by hand, contact one of our specialists for complete weed control and prevention, pest and fungus control. Shrub fertilization and disease control programs are also available.

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Our priority is to create a custom plan for you to make your lawn attractive again. We have everything you need for year-round protection and beautification.

Contact us, 239-334-0880 or request a free consultation online.

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