As we roll into summer, the hot temperatures and less rain can cause some lawns to thin out – creating the perfect environment for weeds to grow like crazy. Barnyard grass is a fairly common intruder and can be difficult to eliminate; so it is best to proactively work to prevent growth from the get go.
So what is Barnyard Grass and how does it grow? Good question! Barnyard Grass is a weed that is classified as a summer annual and is sometimes confused with Crabgrass. Barnyard Grass loves dry temperatures and grows quite well in the heat. Its stems are hairless and very thin, and when it matures, Barnyard Grass produces seeds that grow from the top part of the stem and can reach three inches high.
If your lawn thins out in the summer, bald spots can form and Barnyard Grass has an opportunity to move in. Barnyard Grass seeds can lay dormant for quite some time and when they finally get the exposure they need from the sun, they will start growing and crowding out the rest of your lawn.
Three Tips For Preventing Barnyard Grass:
1. Create a plan for fertilizing your lawn and keeping it well fed during every season of the year. This will allow your lawn become healthy and thick, and helping to prevent an opportunity for dormant weed seeds to start growing.
2. A watering and mowing schedule must also be planned ahead of time, as your consistent schedule will also help to keep your lawn rich and bald patch free. Maintaining a healthy height for your lawn will also help prevent weed infestation. A good rule of thumb is to keep your lawn shorter than four inches tall. Also remember to not over cut your lawn, as too short can cause stress and reduce your grass’ ability to grow properly.
3. We can also provide you with some expert recommendations on weed control options and killers that are effective, and safe for you, your family, pets and the environment.
At the root of it all, proper lawn care and routine maintenance is key to preventing weed growth in your lawn. Simple steps towards prevention will go a long way in keeping your lawn looking great, healthy and beautiful. As always, we’re more than happy to discuss what options are available to you and what would be best for your situation.