Weeds always seem to win.
They sneak in as soon as we turn our backs, ruining the look of our lawns and endangering their health by competing for light, water, nutrients and space.
What to do if weeds have taken over your lawn? It’s time to renovate.
Here’s your guide to renovating a weed infested lawn.
When To Renovate A Weed-Infested Lawn
Early to mid-fall is a great time to renovate a lawn in New York. The soil is still warm and the air is cool. It’s the end of the growing season, so weeds are weakening.
It’s the perfect combination for grass seeds to germinate and turf to take root quickly.
If your lawn is 50 percent or more weeds, it needs a total renovation.
Renovation includes a number of steps that will bring your lawn back to its original lush beauty.
Step One: Kill All The Weeds
When a lawn is this weedy, the first step is to use an herbicide to kill all the existing weeds. We’re talking dead weeds and bare dirt. This first step isn’t pretty, so hang in there. Your lawn will look worse before it looks better.
You’ll need to wait about 40 days before you can seed, so the herbicide no longer lurks in your soil.
Step Two: Preparing The Soil For Seeds
Seed will only germinate where it contacts soil. It’s a waste of time to seed an unprepared lawn surface. When you broadcast grass seed over your lawn — typically called “overseeding” — not all of the seeds will stick to the soil and germinate.
A slit seed machine, sometimes called a slice seeder, slices into the soil with steel blades, creating furrows. Then it drops the grass seed into the furrows. This method puts the seed directly and securely in contact with the soil, as opposed to just spreading seeds onto your lawn.
Step Three: Water, Water, Water
Your newly planted grass seed will need frequent, light waterings — as many as two to four times a day — so the seed can germinate.
Young seeds and seedlings die quickly if they dry out.
Several light waterings are better than heavier waterings that can either drown the seeds or float them away.
You might be watering for just a minute or two. The idea is to keep the top 1/4 inch of soil moist so germinating seeds don’t dry out and die. Germination may take two weeks depending on temperatures and grass species.
Step Four: Wait For Spring, Then Get Your Lawn On A Program
Once your lawn has been renovated, it’s crucial to keep it healthy, so weeds don’t take over again.
Weed problems are typically a result of bare or thin lawns, which offer open spots for eager weeds to take hold.
Fill bare spots with a thick stand of turfgrass, and there’s little room for weeds to get started.
The right fertilizing program, proper irrigation and good mowing habits all work together to keep your lawn green and healthy.
Leave Your New York Lawn Renovation To Neave
The experts at Neave Lawn Care are pros at renovating weed-infested lawns. We’ve been in this business for more than four decades. We’ve brought a lot of lawns back to life.
We’re fully licensed, insured and certified for the application of various pesticides and weed control solutions. Organic practices are available, too.
We’ll perform a thorough lawn analysis at no charge to you, and let you know what the best weed control methods are for you.
If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.