How to handle weeds in newly seeded lawn
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How to Kill Weeds for Newly Seeded Lawns
Growing the perfect lawn takes time and patience and is not a small financial investment. It can be extremely frustrating when just after you’ve finished reseeding your lawn, weeds in new grass begin to peek through. Using weed killer is not the best idea when you are also dealing with fledgling grass, however. You are better off dealing with weeds individually so as to protect the grass around them.
Treating Weeds in New Grass
Depending on the types of fertilizer you’ve used and the potency of the weeds in your lawn, you may find weeds in a newly seeded lawn fairly quickly. One way to prevent this is to carefully remove all existing grass, weeds and topsoil before applying new topsoil and grass seed. Unfortunately, weed pieces and seeds can easily be left behind in the dirt if you do not thoroughly clear your lawn before applying new seed.
Weeds in new turf may also be the result of low-quality grass seed. Believe it or not, some products may contain seeds for weeds in addition to the grasses they purport to have. Check the package of your grass seed carefully and ensure that it says “weed seeds 0 percent” before you apply it to your yard. This will give you the best shot at a weed-free lawn.
Avoiding Future Weed Growth
When it comes to the growth of weeds, Daily Gardener explains that the best defense is a good offense. If you haven’t yet laid your grass seed, be sure all existing weeds are pulled up at the root, including those growing near the area you’re seeding. Use weed killer before seeding your lawn if at all possible.
Keep gardens and wooded areas clear of weeds whenever you can to prevent the spread of weeds into your newly reseeded lawn. If you notice that weeds are beginning to encroach on your grass, pull the weeds as quickly as possible.
If you decide to treat the weeds with chemicals, start by applying the substance to each weed or patch of unwanted growth rather than to the lawn as a whole. This will save as much of your lawn as possible from being overtaken by weeds.
Proper Lawn Maintenance Kills Weeds
By properly maintaining your lawn, you can avoid the growth of weeds and enjoy lush, beautiful grass. Keep your lawn watered and fertilized if appropriate. Knutsen suggests fertilizing a new lawn between four and six weeks after you plant it. They also suggest that if weeds do crop up before the four to six weeks are up, you can remove them around the eight- to 10-week mark.
Grass with healthy root systems that is thick and fills the space available will act as its own line of defense against invasive weeds. When you see weeds in an established lawn, remove them individually as quickly as possible. This will help lessen the spread.
If you plan to mulch your newly laid lawn, avoid the use of hay. Hay is not a clean mulching option and is nearly always contaminated with weed seeds. Instead, choose paper pellets, which are natural, great for retaining water that the grass needs and a good physical barrier against weeds.
How to control weeds in a newly seeded lawn
When your new grass starts to grow, it can be quite alarming when weeds start to grow with it. Sometimes, despite the most thorough seedbed preparation, weeds can lay dormant in soil until the conditions are made perfect for them to make an appearance – such as a reseed.
However, you can get rid of these weeds just as fast as they have appeared.
The important thing to remember when new weeds appear in your newly sown lawn is not to act hastily – do not apply a Feed, Weed and Moss Killer type product of any kind on a newly sown lawn.
Although this can be frustrating and we can appreciate that a quick solution will be desired, the good news about these types of weeds is that they are largely shallow rooting and should come out with the first mow at the 6-8 week mark after sowing. If they don’t, they should be easy to pull out of the turf.
If you find that the weeds are recurring past the 6-8-week mark, you may wish to consider using a selective herbicide to spot spray your weeds. Some weed killers such as glyphosate (Roundup) kill more than just weeds, so it is important to not apply these as if they are not done precisely, they can kill your grass. Shop bought selective weed killers will recommend when to apply their product and how often and you should read the instructions thoroughly and adhere to them.
In short, here’s what you should do if you encounter weeds in your newly seeded lawn:
- Don’t panic – don’t use a Feed, Weed and Moss Killer product on a new lawn
- These weeds will be shallow rooting, you can pull them out by hand or wait until the 6-8 week mark to mow them out
- If the weeds are persistent and reoccurring, use a selective herbicide to spot treat them
If you find that when the lawn is at least six months old and has been taken over by weeds or moss, you can use a Feed, Weed and Moss Killer product.