Spraying for Weeds - Utah Lawn Care

Spraying your lawn for weeds can help keep your grass lush and green

Anyone that has tried to keep their lawn green and weed-free have probably at some point felt like they are fighting a losing battle.  Keeping it nice and green is a major challenge, and fighting invasive unwanted plants can get overwhelming.

The first thing to understand when protecting your lawn is realizing you have to implement a diversified attack.  There are so many different species of invasive plants that one chemical or method won’t kill them all.  Understanding the different common types will help you understand how to better fight them.

Broadleaf weeds are one of the most common to infiltrate a lawn.  Dandelions, clover, and ground ivy are all types of broadleaf plants.  In order to get rid of these, it takes the right chemical sprays and they must be used at the right time. The different types of herbicides (or “weed killer” sprays) work by entering the plant, either through the leaves or uptake in the roots. We add a chemical to our solution that is a spreader sticker, which causes the herbicide to spread over the leaves when we spray and then stick to the surface of the plant until it can be absorbed. It is best if the lawn is not wet when applied, and water should be kept off the lawn for six hours or more after spraying for weeds to give the herbicide time to do its job.

Grassy weeds are the other common type that typically present challenges.  These have two groups: perennials and annuals.  Perennials, like grass, go dormant during the winter.  They are spread through seeds and roots.  Annuals, such as crabgrass, reseed right before the end of the season and then die.  The seeds will germinate in the spring and start growing.  Annuals are best controlled with a preventer if possible and then a post-emergence killer for spots the preventer didn’t get. Perennial grasses can’t be stopped with pre-emergent treatment alone. If you have a perennial grassy infestation in your lawn already, the only way to get rid of it is to spray the weeds with a non-selective herbicide. These chemicals kill every plant they touch, so careful use is advisable.

Trying to figure out which weed spray is best and finding the time to treat each type of invasive plant can be a struggle.  Calling a licensed professional is one way to stay ahead in the fight to protect your lawn.  We focus on the area from Layton to North Salt Lake, so we have focused experience and know what works best in our local climate and ecosystem.  Our licensed professionals know what to use and the best way to use it.  We traditionally have a much better success rate eliminating weeds than when someone is doing it on their own.  In addition to a higher success rate, having a lawn treated can save a lot of time.  Think of how much time it takes to put down everything from preventers to hand spraying broadleaf throughout the summer.  Then add in how much money you are spending on each of these treatments. 

When you combine all these factors, it’s easy to see the benefits of hiring a licensed professional to treat your lawn and spray for weeds.  When factoring in how much time and money it takes, and the headaches that result when weeds return, suddenly it’s easier to make the call to hire a licensed professional for your Davis County area lawn.  The cost to have a yard regularly treated might be less expensive than most people think.

Another benefit to using a licensed professional lawn service is that we also fertilize your lawn while spraying for weeds.  Getting both done at once will help give you a beautiful green lawn.