Oregon-based Tree Service Company Provides Weed Removal Tips
DR Trees Oregon City, an Oregon City tree service company, has recently made a series of lawn care blogs that detail some things that homeowners can do to take care of their lawns. In one of the blogs specifically, the company talked about how most of the that people spend on their lawns is spent on removing weeds.The site further explains that while there certainly are types of weeds that can be beneficial to people’s lawns, many common weeds can grow faster, out-compete desirable plants and use up precious resources like water, nutrients, sunlight and space. For example, Paterson's curse in pastures and stock Injury as certain weed varieties can cause injury to livestock.
In a statement on the article, the site stated, “Weeds are nature’s healing remedy for sites that are in a wounded, plantless state, but weeds and gardeners have different ideas of what makes for a good recovery. Armed with a better understanding of weeds and the strategies outlined here, homeowners can win every future skirmish, giving them more time to enjoy a well-groomed garden.”
Given these problems that homeowners experience, the site offers some key advice that aim to help them rid their lawns from pesky weeds. Some of these tips can be done for free but some of them require a small investment. The site considered that not all homeowners have the resources to sink into specialized equipment, so some free alternatives were added. The site’s first piece of advice was to “Kill weeds at their roots but leave the soil—and dormant weed seeds—largely undisturbed for better weed control. Every square centimeter of the garden contains weed seeds, but only those in the top inch or two get enough light and water to trigger sprouting. Digging and cultivating brings these embedded weed seeds to the surface, so assume weed seeds are there ready to erupt, like ants from an upset anthill, every time the patch of dirt is disturbed. Dig only when needed and immediately salve the disturbed spot with plants or mulch to prevent these hidden mines from sprouting.” This is a good piece of advice that not many people realize. It’s quite common for people to just dig as much dirt surrounding the weed in an attempt to remove it. This is, however, unwise because the weeds deposit seeds a little deeper than most plants to protect them from frost. Disturbing the soil will expose them to moisture and sunlight, triggering their germination.
Another tip that the site shared is to mulch often. According to the site, “Mulch benefits plants by keeping the soil moist and cool while depriving weeds of light. Organic mulch, in particular, can actually bring in crickets and carabid beetles, which seek out and devour weed seeds at an impressive rate. Some light can pass through chunky mulches, and often people will discover—too late—that the mulch they used was also laced with weed seeds. It’s important to replenish the mulch as often as possible to keep it about 2 inches deep (more than 3 inches deep can deprive the actual soil of oxygen). In any case, homeowners can set weeds way back by covering the soil’s surface with a light-blocking sheet of cardboard, newspaper, or biodegradable fabric and then spreading prettier mulch over it.
These tips have been curated by talking to professionals that have been in the lawn care business for many years. The site is slated to release more articles as the winter months progress.
For more information about DR Trees Oregon City, contact the company here:
DR Trees Oregon City
19234 S Central Point Rd
Oregon City, OR 97045