Weed Control

Your house is a sanctuary for you and your family. If you have weeds growing throughout your lawn, it can be hard for your home to look neat and attractive. Weeds grow tall, leafy and tangled. The longer you leave them alone, the larger and more dominating they become. They’ll block your grass from getting sun and take up space that grass seeds need to germinate and grow. By the end of a month, your entire yard could be overwhelmed with the unwelcomed sight of these plants.

Common Weeds in Maryland to Look for in the Spring

As the weather starts warming up, you may start to notice weeds popping up in your lawn and flower gardens. Some of the most common weeds found in Maryland that you’ll want to look out for this spring include: 

  • Crabgrass: Crabgrass is a common grassweed in Maryland that germinates in the spring and appears in early summer. You’ll either find smooth or hairy crabgrass on your lawn. Since crabgrass can be challenging to remove, you’ll need to plan your prevention and treatment methods ahead of time to take care of this nuisance for good. Explore how to identify crabgrass so you can come up with your lawn maintenance strategy.
  • Common chickweed: This annual green winter weed usually forms thick mats, which then impact how well turf and plants can grow. It’s common in close-mowed lawns and flower beds that aren’t mulched. Because the common chickweed can produce over 800 seeds in a few months, which can lie dormant and reestablish in the ground, it’s important to remove the entire weed and root system.
  • Dandelions: These weeds begin as yellow flowers, and then the seed head transforms into a fuzzy ball shape. They commonly appear in disturbed soil or turf, lawns, neglected crops and gardens or flower gardens. Dandelions are resilient and difficult to manage and remove and can quickly take over if they aren’t taken care of properly, especially in the summer and fall months.
  • Henbit: This common weed is a member of the mint family and produces pink and purple flowers. These petals produce 2,000 seeds per plant, which allows them to spread quickly. The seeds are also capable of remaining active and viable for decades and can flourish in thin or weak grass.
  • Wild garlic: Wild garlic is a member of the lily family, and these weeds can have green or white flowers that sprout from the top. Because the bulbs can remain hidden underground, they can be hard to get rid of with methods like mowing and hand-pulling. 
  • Bluegrass: Often seen in areas like gardens, shaded areas and lawns, bluegrass can sprout as weeds or form thick mats along the ground. This grass-like weed is extremely hard to get rid of and requires professional management to get it under control. 
  • Deadnettle: Another member of the mint family is deadnettle, which is typically seen during the spring in areas where dirt has been disturbed or there’s moist soil and sun. It has purple and pink flowers and can be managed by the right mowing program and herbicide treatments. 
  • Hairy bittercress: Commonly seen in areas like ornamental landscaping and gardens, hairy bittercress flowers in the spring and germinate several times throughout the season with quick-spreading seeds. The seeds can then sprout in other areas of your lawn, especially if you don’t have dense turf. Mowing, digging out and using herbicides can help control these weeds. 

Our Organic Weed Control Methods and Techniques

While weed killers may seem like a quick and easy fix, most use harmful chemicals — and may not even be the correct approach for the type of weed you’re dealing with. At OrganicLawns, we specialize in environmentally friendly products that are chosen based on factors like the time of year, water and light access and your specific lawn environment.

No matter if you have dandelions or bluegrass, most weeds will require professional intervention to ensure they are properly managed and don’t take over your lawn and gardens. We’ll come out every 4-6 weeks to eliminate weeds and treat your lawn using organic-based products.

What to Expect From Weed Control Services From OrganicLawns

You can expect many benefits from our organic weed control service. When you do business with us, your lawn can be 100% weed-free.

Our products fight back weeds at the root, keeping them away from your grass for the season.

You can also expect a lush, green lawn because our weed services include fertilizer coverage. Once the weeds have been eliminated, we lay a fine layer of organic-based fertilizer over the lawn to replenish soil nutrients and encourage healthy grass growth, giving your lawn the weed and feed it needs.

All lawn services from our weed control company are carried out by a team of professionals with the educational experience needed to get control of the weeds on your lawn. We’ll also maintain a strong line of communication with you so you know how your yard is progressing. The result of our work will be lush, thick grass that you and your family can enjoy during spring, summer and fall days.

Broadleaf Weed Control in Maryland

Broadleaf weeds are definitely an issue when it comes to eliminating weeds in Maryland. Our seasons are so very hard to predict on a monthly basis and even more difficult to predict when you are trying to control weeds on a daily occurrence. We use a couple of more reliable methods to curtail weeds in your lawn such as soil temperature, types and quality of grass, and finally, the products used to eliminate the weeds. I will attempt to break down 3 reliable methods of controlling weeds in the following paragraphs.

Soil Temperature and Weeds

Similar to crabgrass, weeds are very dependent on the temperature of the soil for them to germinate. Your typical weed will start to germinate in temperatures around 50 degrees for late emerging broadleaf weeds. With this knowledge we know that applying any type of weed control when the soil temperature is below 50 degrees is a waste of product and also not very healthy for our environment.

Our Maryland state certified technicians carry with them a soil temperature gauge to help them determine at all times of the year what the soil temperature is exactly. This is good for anyone serious about controlling weeds in your lawn. There is no need to guess when you have this most important tool in your arsenal and consistently use it.

Natural Weed Control Factors:

  • Aeration and Seeding
  • Power Slice Seeding

OrganicLawns has environmentally friendly weed treatment and control solutions that take weeds out at the root, leaving your yard fresh and lush.

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Organic Weed Control Services in Maryland

OrganicLawns is proud to offer some of the best weed control products on the market. It’s critical to learn the difference between the two main weed-control treatments: pre-emergent and post-emergent.

Pre-emergent products stop certain weeds or grassy weeds from occurring, which essentially puts up an invisible barrier or shield that prevents weeds from growing at all.

Post-emergent products eliminate common weeds that have sprouted and need to be controlled upon visual inspection or seasonal timing.

We believe it is imperative to use an integrated pest management (IPM) strategy when controlling weeds in a lawn. If weeds are your main concern, then your lawn care program should not cut corners with weed control products. We only use premium control products that will curtail common Maryland weeds within a few hours of application and attack the weed’s root zone immediately. This ability prevents them from coming back.

How do you get lawn weed control service? Contact OrganicLawns and speak with us about your concerns. One of our technicians will visit your property as soon as possible and examine your lawn’s condition. During our visit, we will identify if we are dealing with post-emergent weeds or if we arrived early enough to start a pre-emergent treatment. Including Broadleaf control, bermudagrass control, nutsedge control and more, our weed control process takes care of several types of weeds, including:

Applying Pre-Emergent for Crabgrass in Maryland

  • Chickweed
  • Dandelions
  • Ground Ivy
  • Violets
  • Henbit
  • Shepherds Purse
  • Purple Dead Nettle
  • Spurge
  • Bermuda Grass
  • Crabgrass
  • Broadleaf
  • Nutsedge
  • And other common Maryland Weeds!

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Types of Grass in Maryland

There are various types of grass that are common in Maryland. These grass types include:

  • Turf type tall fescue
  • Bluegrass
  • Ryegrass
  • Zoysia grass
Turf type tall fescue grass.
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Turf Type Tall Fescue

Our most popular type of grass in Maryland is easily turf type tall fescue. The reason is that in the various counties that we service such as Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, and even Harford County they all have one thing in common. The entire state lies in what is termed as the transitional zone.

In layman’s terms, this simply means that we are in between cool season and warm-season zones. This can prove quite difficult to produce a healthy stand of grass because of the temperature variants. It’s a lot easier to produce your prototypical thick, lush green lawn if you live in a cool-season zone. The grass is much happier to produce desired results and has less stress in because the summers are much less harsh and the growing season produces more tolerant temperatures day to day

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Bluegrass is also a very popular grass variety and many chose this type because it is very durable. Bluegrass is well known as a cool season grass and performs unbelievably in the northern states. It, however can easily handle our harsh cold winters and will respectively perform well in our hot summers also. There is something to be said about a beautiful Kentucky bluegrass lawn!

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Ryegrass is also known as a cool season grass and has some incredible attributes. I love the fact that ryegrass germinates so very quickly. It can establish in as little as 3-5 days with proper growing conditions. This is one of my favorite types of grass due primarily to the fact that the growers have developed high quality cultivars of this grass that gives it improved disease resistance, drought resistance and also a darker and greener color.

Zoysia grass
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Zoysia Grass

Zoysia grass is very popular because of one wonderful quality. It stops weeds in their tracks! This grass naturally fends off weeds because of its thickness and growing quality’s. Once you have a stand of grass using zoysia grass there is very little maintenance needed to keep weeds far far away. It is considered a warm season style grass and traditionally is grown in the south. It actually performs very well in Maryland and has only one major flaw. It is entirely brown for half of the growing season. The reason it turns brown is because of dormancy and when the temperatures dip below optimum the grass shuts down and protects itself leaving the homeowner with a straw like front yard.

How to Eliminate Weeds?

The various types of products to kill weeds are vast. We like to take a more long-term approach rather than choosing one product over another. What is actually best for the environment is a question we ask ourselves every day.

OrganicLawns is aware that if one truly understands why a weed is germinating in the first place perhaps you can stop it from happening. If you really take a minute to consider this then you’ll soon realize that Mother Nature will fight most of the battle for you.

Weeds thrive in areas in your lawn that are bare, have some moisture and also have a temperature that is conducive to germination.

If you take the time to plant a stand of grass that is so incredibly thick your problematic weed will in essence have no room to sprout in the first place. This is imperative when you analyze your lawn.

It’s very important to consider having those troubled areas assessed and fixed before the spring season is underway. Fill the bare area with thick, lush grass and your weed problems will be washed away.

What is the Proper Mowing Height to Combat Weeds?

If you have existing weeds in your turf it’s very important to raise your mowing height to a minimum of 4 inches for best practice and Mother Nature will again fight most of our battles for us. If all else fails use a product for post-emergent control that is productive and applied correctly.

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Get Started With Weed Treatment From OrganicLawns

If you’re looking for a reliable team of state-certified technicians to transform your yard, OrganicLawns is just a call away. We provide quality work by using effective equipment and premium products that remove weeds while keeping your grass growing lush and thick.

If you live in Maryland and want our team to look at your lawn, fill out an online contact form or call us at 410.536.5800.

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