Stop The Invasion: How To Control The Weeds On Your Property
If your property is overrun with weeds, it's time to get things under control. Weeds don't merely pose a nuisance on your property. They can actually cause considerable damage to your property. Not only that, but weeds can increase the risk for wildfires. Luckily, there are steps you can take to control the weeds, which will prevent the problems. Here are five simple steps you can take to get rid of the weeds and keep them away.
Cut and Clear Growth
When it comes to controlling the weed population, the first step should always be removal. If you mow your property to get rid of the weeds, you might be missing the most vital step; the removal. You might not realise this, but when you mow the weeds but leave the remnants behind, you're giving seeds the opportunity to re-sprout. To avoid that risk, it's important that you clear the weeds once you've cut them. That way, you remove the weeds, and the seeds.
Sever the Taproot
If you've noticed a few weeds popping up in your yard, you want to do more than pluck them. You want to sever the taproot. Some weeds have tap roots that can extend far below the crown. Unfortunately, simply pulling the weed can leave the taproot intact, which means the weed can sprout again. To avoid regrowth, you'll want to sever the taproot. The best way to do that is to cut into the root with a knife or pruning saw. Once you've cut through the taproot, the weed will no longer be able to grow.
Turn Over the Soil
If you have agricultural land that's been overrun with weeds, now's the time to till the soil. Tilling allows you to remove the weeds and sever the tap roots all at once. During the tilling process, weeds and crop remnants are combined with the soil, creating a nutrient-rich mixture. For maximum weed-control benefits, your agricultural land should be tilled at least twice a year.
If the weeds on your property continue to grow back, it's time to put the sun to work for you. Soil solarisation is an excellent way to kill the weeds without harming the soil. One way to utilise soil solarisation is to cover the soil with black plastic. Heat is absorbed through the plastic, which kills the weeds. One of the great things about soil solarisation is that it prevents the process of photosynthesis, which prevents weeds from regrowing.
Hire a Weed Service
Finally, if all of the do-it-yourself tactics have failed to control the weeds on your property, it's time to hire a weed control service. Professional weed services are able to utilise a variety of methods, including herbicides, to remove the weeds completely.