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How to Knock out Weeds Early in the Season

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How to Knock out Weeds Early in the Season

For homeowners who love their lawns, weeds can be discouraging. Clumps of chickweed, clover and dandelions spoil the uniform sea of green in a perfectly manicured lawn. For the healthiest lawn with the fewest weeds, the best strategy is to plan and protect early, before the weeds appear. 

In the north, prevent annual grassy weeds from taking root in your lawn by applying a pre-emergent weed killer like Scotts Turfbuilder Triple Action. By applying in the spring, weed seeds won’t germinate and your lawn will be weed-free in summer. Use on Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, Tall Fescue and Fine Fescue. Rain can impact the performance, so be sure to check the weather before application.

In the South, use Scotts Turfbuilder Triple Action South Fertilizer to kill weeds like dollarweed and clover and thicken your lawn to help crowd out future weeds. It also prevents fire ants for up to six months. Regular feedings provide the nutrients your lawn needs to look its best and withstand the stresses of weeds, heat, drought and family activity. Use on Southern grasses like St. Augustine (including Floratam), Carpet grass, Centipede and Zoysia.

Look for Roundup for Lawns to kill the toughest lawn weeds like crabgrass, dandelion, clover and yellow nutsedge without harming your lawn. Roundup for Lawns kills weeds at the root and comes with the same kind of spray applicator found on traditional Roundup. These products are formulated for the types of grasses found in Southern lawns. 

3 KEYS TO A HEALTHY LAWN

Build your lawn’s weed resistance by following these practices:

Deep Watering. Encourage extensive root growth with less frequent, deeper watering.

Raise the Bar. Know the recommended height for your type of grass and set your lawnmower accordingly, usually to one of the highest settings. To reduce stress on your lawn, do not cut more than 1/3 off the height of the grass blade.

Consistent Feeding. Feeding every six to eight weeks during the growing season with lawn fertilizer helps your lawn thicken up and fill in bare spots, making them less welcoming to weeds.

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