Rain. And more rain. And more rain. That has pretty much been the sum of our summer here in Hickory Flat and surrounding areas. It’s been great not having to water your lawn and landscape every day and the extra moisture has probably done great things to encourage the growth of your turf and plants. But, unfortunately, the rain water doesn’t just benefit the plants that you want in your yard, it also benefits and promotes the growth of the plants that you don’t want, too. So, at this point, your yard could be growing rampant not only with flowers and tree, but with weeds that are unsightly and hard to control. Today, we are going to help you decide what you can do to help prevent the over take of your landscape with weeds.

What is a Weed?

The first thing to determine when trying to control weeds in your landscape is  – what is a weed, exactly? The basic definition of a weed is “a plant out of place; a plant that causes economic loss or a plant whose virtues have not been discovered.” This means that you can say anything growing in your yard that is out of place, is a weed.

The Four Methods of Weed Control

You can control your weeds in one of four ways: physical removal, physical barrier, chemical control, and biological control.

Opting for physical removal is going to be very labor intensive  including removing weeds by hand, tillage, machine, mowing, and hoeing. On the short term, this is probably the option that will return the best results, the quickest, but not without due blood, sweat, and tears.

Physical barriers include using landscape fabric, black plastic, newspapers, or mulch. The whole idea behind using physical barriers is to smother the plants so they cannot survive after germination.

Chemical controls are all of the available synthetic herbicides. If used properly, they pose no threat, but make sure that you are applying according to the label.

One example of biological control is goats, but most of us don’t have room or desire to house goats in our front yards (except for us over at our Hickory Flat store). Instead some people like to try table salt, oil, and fatty acids. These options may or may not work, depending on what you are trying to target.

If you are having a specific weed problem in your Canton, GA landscape, call or come by our stores. We would be happy to help you figure out a solution that is going to rid your yard of unsightly weeds.

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