If you’re working on having a lush, beautiful lawn that you can be proud of, you know that one of the biggest pitfalls is the presence of weeds. Some people don’t mind certain weeds popping up in their grass, but most want their lawns to be all grass and no weeds, not even those pretty dandelions. Weed management is a lot of work, however. It would be great if we could just spray something on the lawn, and the weeds would go away, leaving only the grass behind. While it may not be as simple as that, there are tricks and tools you can integrate into your lawn care routine to kill weeds without killing your grass. Read on to learn more.
This trick isn’t so much a trick as simply the way we used to do it in the ol’ days. That’s right, the best way to kill weeds without harming your grass is to simply get down on the ground and pull them out by the root. This isn’t a lawn hack by any means because it is the hardest, most labor-intensive way to rid your lawn of weeds, but it is also the safest and most effective. A similar solution is to heat the weeds with a garden flamer, but that can be dangerous (and not just for your grass) and sometimes requires multiple treatments when the weeds grow back. Once you’ve got the weeds out, prevention is better than cure – Keep to the right mowing schedule for your grass type, aerate the ground, and fertilize yearly to give the grass what it needs to choke out any weeds that try to pop up.
If you can’t get down and pull the weeds out directly, there are some topical applications you can try. Corn gluten meal is a yellow powder that stops weeds from germinating but won’t harm the grass (sprinkle it over the weeds). You can make a homemade herbicide with water, dish soap, salt, and vinegar (or just salt and hot water) and spray it directly on the weeds. Make sure not to spray the surrounding grass. Additionally, if salting your lawn feels like a bad idea, you can also pour boiling water directly on the weed to heat kill it.
Chemicals As Last Resort
If everything else fails, you could also try an herbicide. You will have to find one that is safe for your grass type (or types) and that may be pretty tricky to do. In some cases, it may be worth it, however (like if the weed you’re battling is poison ivy and you can’t afford to wait it out or get in there and pull it yourself).
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