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What’s the best way to get rid of weeds in Columbus, Ohio, and all over the U.S.? Should you pull them out by the roots or kill them with chemicals? Either way, it’s important that you get rid of your weeds before they take valuable nutrients in the soil away from your other plants and grass.

Five Seasons Landscape Management explains the pros and cons of two weed removing options.

Avoid pulling weeds by applying a pre-emergent in Spring.OPTION 1: PULL YOUR WEEDS
If you pull your weeds, make sure to remove the entire weed from the ground. The only way to ensure the weed will not grow back in the same spot is to remove the whole plant, roots and all. Dandelions, for example, are very hardy and strong weeds that can regrow if even a tiny piece of root is left in the soil.

One advantage of pulling weeds, over killing them, is that your surrounding plants will not also be killed accidentally in the process. If you apply a chemical spray a bit too carelessly you may accidentally kill nearby plants that you don’t want to die.

There are two major categories of weeds: annual and perennial.

Annual Weeds: Crabgrass and chickweed are annual weeds because they complete their life cycle in a single growing season. As we mentioned in a previous blog, crabgrass is very difficult to get rid of once it has germinated. Chickweed can survive cooler temperatures so it is prevalent in the Ohio area.

Perennial Weeds: Generally spread by their seeds, these weeds grow as long as the conditions are favorable. If you don’t get all of the root pieces when you pull perennial weeds they can still spread. If you wait too long and perennial weeds have already grown to size, removing the entire root by hand-pulling may be impossible. If this happens, try digging out the roots with a garden trowel.

The biggest disadvantage to weed pulling is the back-breaking labor involved. Another disadvantage is that once you rid your yard of all weeds, you can still get more in the future as seeds get carried by wind or birds from yard to yard.

Weed Pulling Tip: Weeds are easiest to pull out after a recent rain when the soil is soft and pliable.

Male gardener protecting plant from verminOPTION 2: KILL YOUR WEEDS WITH CHEMICALS
If you prefer to kill your weeds a pre-emergent herbicide, make sure you apply it before the weed seeds germinate, as pre-emergents prevent the weeds from growing. Post-emergent herbicides, on the other hand, kill weeds after they have popped up.

Using a Chemical Lawn Fertilizer with Weed Control
If you apply fertilizer to your lawn, and keep it watered, you will encourage a healthy, thick lawn to grow. You can also help get weeds under control by spreading a weed preventer. To save time, use a two in one product that feeds your lawn while also killing your weeds. We recommend that you do this twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.

Herbicides are absorbed through a plant’s leaves. If you are not careful in your application, you can get the herbicide on nearby plants accidentally kill them as well. Also, once a weed dies it will remain in place until it eventually shrivels and dies. This looks really unattractive and you will most likely pull them anyway.

Weed Killing Tip: Make sure to spray the chemical directly on each weed. You will see results in few days but after the weeds die you’ll still have remove them by hand, which is difficult, but much easier than pulling a live weed.

To kill weeds and fertilize your lawn in Columbus, Ohio, contact Five Seasons Landscape Management. If you’re looking for a landscape company for your home or business, contact your local landscape professionals today!