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Will My Neighbor’s Dandelions Blow into My Lawn?

Posted by Dave Schwarm on May 9, 2022 12:59:25 PM
Dave Schwarm
We know that your lawn is an investment and we want to see it succeed as much as you do. It can be worrisome when you have a neighbor whose lawn might be full of weeds. Should you worry about their weeds spreading into your lawn? Is there any action you should take?

The best weed control is a healthy lawn:

A lawn that is thick and lush can stand up to weed invasions. It is hard for weeds to invade a turf that is well watered, fertilized and mowed. Weeds are opportunistic - the healthier your lawn is, the more resistant it is to weeds.

Prevent weeds from spreading in your lawn

  • Hire a professional lawn care company to apply pre emergents and post emergents. A good lawn care company will visit make service calls if you have problems between your scheduled services.
  • Hedges or fences can act as a barrier for wind blown seeds such as dandelions.
  • Encourage a healthy lawn with regular watering, mowing and fertilizing. 
  • Aerate and over seed your lawn with grass types that are aggressive and will fill out gaps or areas that get easily invaded with weeds. 

Different generations of weeds:

Have you ever had your lawn care company service your lawn and then a few days later you see weeds? There could be a few different reasons for this:
  • Summer Annual Weeds vs Winter Annual Weeds

    • There are 2 different generations of weeds. Winter annual weeds germinate from seed in the fall and die off by late Spring/early Summer. Summer annual weeds flower during the summer and die in late summer/early fall. Winter annuals include chickweed, clover, ground ivy, dandelions and more. Summer annuals include nutsedge, crabgrass, goose weed, knot weed and more.
  • Pre-emergent herbicides vs post-emergent herbicides

    • Many lawn care companies will use a combination of pre-emergent and post-emergent weed control. Pre emergents prevent weeds from growing, post emergents kill weeds after they have sprouted. For some weeds, there's no such thing as pre-emergent treatment for them so we have to spray for them once them emerge.
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