Control Lawn Weeds Organically, Part 2

 

Follow Good Cultural Practices to Reduce Lawn Weeds

(2nd in a 3-part series on controlling lawn weeds organically)

Lawn weeds appear in your lawn because of soil conditions, nutrient problems and poor cultural practices.  Some very simple things that will provide huge benefits in growing a healthy lawn are proper mowing and watering habits.

Lawn Mowing to Reduce Weeds

Set Your Mower Deck to Cut at 4″

(or advise your mowing service provider to do so) to provide numerous benefits for your lawn. Taller grass:

  • encourages deeper root growth
  • shades the soil keeping the soil cooler
  • reduces weed seed germination by restricting sunlight to the soil

Leave Your Grass Clippings

Lawn clippings provide as much as an additional pound of nitrogen per 1000sf annually.  This helps reduce the amount of fertilizer that you need to apply and builds the percentage of organic matter in your soil.  Higher organic matter content improves water holding capabilities and feeds soil microbes which aid in nutrient cycling.

Embrace Clover in Your Lawn

Besides taking nitrogen from the air and fixing it into the soil, clover is a bountiful nectar source for pollinators and will help your lawn look greener throughout the hotter months of the summer.

Learn more about clover in the lawn here >>

Watering to Reduce Weeds

Water Infrequently

Watering less frequently and deeply helps encourage turf roots to grow more deeply in search of moisture.  Frequent watering favors shallow roots that are much more vulnerable to summer drought stress.  If you do irrigate your lawn, early morning is the best time to minimize potential fungal disease issues.

See Part 1 of Controlling Lawn Weeds Organically for information on soil conditions that encourage weeds.

To Learn More About Caring For Your Lawn Organically:

Lawn and Turf Tips

You will find organic lawn care how-to articles in our OLC Articles section to get you started.

Bill Grundmann

Bill Grundmann

Bill is the owner of Organic Plant Care, LLC. He takes an integrated approach to tree care, focusing not only on the trees themselves but also on the surrounding environment, managing tree health from the "ground up" - healthy soil equals healthy plants. Bill is a New Jersey Licensed Tree Expert and NJ Approved Forester with over 35 years of experience in the tree care industry.