At this time of year, weeds seem to be just about everywhere you look. They pop up in sidewalk cracks, on vacant lots, and—unfortunately—our lawns and gardens. Many of these plants aren’t just bothersome to look at. A majority of the weeds likely to emerge around our homes are invasive species that outcompete Maryland’s native flora. So what can we do about them?
One of the best ways to keep weeds out of your lawn and garden is simple: just add more plants! If you leave a portion of your lawn and garden unplanted for long enough, plants will establish themselves without your intervention. In the overwhelming majority of cases, these plants will take the form of pesky weeds.
Keep your lawn and garden densely planted to stop weeds in their tracks. In your lawn, grass is the dominant species you’ll want to help thrive. In your garden and throughout the landscape, the sky’s the limit. Plant ornamental shrubs, bushes, and flowers. If you can, place an emphasis on native species to help out local wildlife.
But simply adding more plants isn’t enough. You need to keep your plants healthy, too. If your plants aren’t totally thriving, weeds will capitalize on their weakness and take over. The best way to stop weeds is keeping your preferred plants as healthy as can be.
Throughout the growing season, your plants should look perfectly lush and green. If you notice curling, fungal spotting, or leaves yellowing before their time, take note of these red flags. You may have an issue with fertilization or pests—both of which we can handle organically.
If your lawn has seen better days, you’ll know. Rather than looking dense, vibrant, and green, it will appear sparse, patchy, and brown. There’s no better way to rejuvenate a lawn in sad shape than core aeration and seeding. You can count on OrganicLawns for that, too.
Now, let’s shift our focus away from lawns and think about the garden. Few things can be more frustrating to the gardener than seeing weeds pop up and outcompete the plants they’ve so carefully tended. No matter how much you pull and pull, you just seem to end up right back where you started.
Thankfully, there’s an affordable and eco-friendly solution for weeds in the garden: organic mulch. There are countless organic mulch options available cheaply or even free. Here are a few:
If you put down any of these mulches thick enough, they will smother out any weeds. You really can’t go overkill with mulching. Even if you put 6 inches down, these materials will decompose and nourish the soil.
Since 1996, Organic Lawns has earned a reputation for itself as the finest organic lawn company Maryland has to offer. The only thing we value as much as following ethical and sustainable lawn care practices is our customers. Consider hiring us to take control of the weeds in your lawn.
You can count on us to ensure you have a lush, green lawn because we provide the highest standard of customer service. If you’re interested in having your lawn treated organically by a family-owned and -operated Maryland business, contact us for a free lawn estimate, or call us at 410.536.5800.