Are All Weeds Bad? And Other Important Questions

Do you know that there are seeds from dandelions, chickweed, and other weeds hanging out in your lawn right now? Each seed is patiently waiting for perfect soil and weather conditions to sprout, spread and take over your lawn. You can’t really fault weeds for their tenacity, but why are they so prevalent? Are they strictly a nuisance, or are they good for your lawn? Well, it depends. 

Sure, the weeds growing in between the cracks in your sidewalk aren't doing much for your landscape; you can get rid of them, no harm, no foul. However, the ones sprouting in the middle of your lawn could be helping in their own unique way. Still, a few random weeds can turn into a few dozen weeds in no time. Before you know it, your lawn is an untamed jungle. 

Whether you're dealing with tough vines or tall grasses, it's important to know the "why" behind weeds. Here’s a few things that you might not know about weeds:

Weeds are ever-present.

Did you know there are still roots and seeds in your lawn from the last time you killed weeds? Even if you’ve effectively managed to clear your lawn of weeds and seeds, the wind and certain animals can carry seeds over, putting you right back where you started. 

Not all weeds are bad.

You may want to grab a bottle of herbicide to kill those weeds, but before you do, step back and think: could these weeds actually be helping instead of hurting? More often than not, the answer is yes. Certain weeds shield other plants from the sun and give them a leg to stand on, so to speak. Other weeds can also become a target for insects, so more desirable plants aren't in the line of fire. Be careful not to kill important weeds; killing them could just cause more problems for you in the long run. 

Certain weeds could indicate a deficiency in your lawn. 

Weeds are like your lawn's personal radar. For example, if you're seeing flower-like weeds in your lawn, that could mean it's lacking calcium. Weeds are meant to build and protect your lawn, but remember: they spread fast. That's why it's important to listen to your lawn and address any deficiencies accordingly so you don't have to deal with weeds from the start. 

Lawn maintenance is key for controlling weed growth.

Any change in your lawn’s chemistry can trigger an uptick in weeds. If you believe your lawn can manage without them, create your own personal lawn maintenance plan. You can keep weeds at bay by fertilizing routinely, mowing regularly and watering properly. It can make a big difference in the amount of weeds in your lawn.

What do you do to keep weeds from growing in your lawn? Let us know.

P.S. Did you know that we sell an organic weed killer? See if Green Gobbler's all-natural vinegar weed killer works for your needs.