Lawn weeds are the plants that often grow everywhere in the garden without letting you know. Weeds are the plants that don’t need any special care.
They grow on their own. There are many types of weeds around the world in which some are edible and extremely healthy whereas some are completely poisonous.
The weeds are also harmful to plants, which is a very important factor. If your lawn is full of weeds, that is definitely not a good sign.
So, in this article, you are going to know the best ways of killing the weeds by using home remedies. Also, you will know about edible-weeds and poisonous weeds growing in your garden.
Types of Weeds:
There are three types of weeds around the world.
1. Annual type: These weeds grow and spread by seeds. They live for nearly a year. These types consist of two categories; winter and summer annuals weeds.
Winter weeds germinate in late summer/early fall, stop their growth throughout the winter and start growing again in spring.
Whereas, summer weeds start germinating in spring and grow well until the arrival of winter.
2. Biennial Types: These weeds have a life span of about 2 years. In the first year, they germinate and form rosettes; produce flowers and seeds in the next year.
3. Perennial types: Perennial weeds are the most difficult to control as they produce long tap roots along with the seeds. They return and grow every year.
Some Edible Lawn Weeds:
Dandelions are the weeds that bear yellow flowers. It is a weed you should leave in your garden as it has many benefits.
These weeds are edible and taste very good from top to bottom including roots, whether they are eaten cooked or raw.
However, the younger leaves are known as less bitter and more delicious. They can be used in salads.
Chickweeds are the common weeds that you probably have seen in your garden.
These weeds have tiny little white flowers that are used as food as well as in some medicines.
Their parts can also be eaten raw and cooked, where it adds a spinach-like taste to a dish.
You can also use it as a topical poultice if you have some minor cuts, burn, or rashes. Meanwhile, you can use it to make tea from it.
3. Wild Amaranth:
These weeds are one of the most common weeds found in the garden. They come in two colours; red and green.
You can use the younger leaves as a salad whereas the older leaves can be used for cooking like spinach.
They can be an adequate source of FREE protein.
Another very common weed is purslane which is often found in moist garden beds, lawn, parks, and shady areas.
They are a powerhouse of nutrients while rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
It can be used in salad or stir-fry and can also be used to thicken soups or stews.
Purslane is a succulent while having a crispy texture, their leaves are thick and release water when pressing it. They grow horizontally on the land.
This is a very beautiful garden weed that leaves which look like four leaves. Clover is also called Trifolium. They produce white and red flowers.
This is very important in the vision of honeybees and bumblebees. You can also use its leaves and flowers in your food.
You can use the leaves as salads whereas the flower can be eaten raw or cooked, or dried for tea.
Some non-edible Lawn weeds:
Bindweed germinates in late spring and lives throughout the summer. It spreads from seeds and extensive rootstock as well.
They seem very beautiful when they bear flowers. They can be a problem in warm weather when they spread ruthlessly.
Remember, all parts of this plant are poisonous.
Quackgrass is a perennial grass that germinates by seeds. This grass is long and jointed from the ground also it doesn’t look good.
They are not edible.
3. Shepherd’s Purse:
Shepherd’s purse is a weed that grows directly with the ground in the shape of a rose. It grows from seeds.
Shepherd’s Purse bears seedpods after flowering. It grows well in cool weather and its yellowish-brown seeds live in the ground for a long period.
It can cause indigestion and should not be consumed.
4. Poison Sumac:
This is actually a shrub, grows in swampy areas. You will see it trailing over the ground or climbing trees.
It is a very attractive plant that bears white berries and bright fall leaves. Where it is very attractive, there it is very harmful and dangerous too.
As the name suggests, the whole plant is poisonous which means it can cause rashes if touched. Now, you can guess, what it will do to your body if eaten.
5. Bittersweet Nightshade:
These beautiful lawn weeds can attract the kids to them as they bear so beautiful, small, and colourful berries, like tomatoes. These berries are poison.
The people who relate to them can identify bittersweet nightshade as it is often confused with American bittersweet and Oriental bittersweet plants.
Note: All the 5 plants mentioned above can harm even if just touched.
Garden weeds control:
There are many ways to control a lawn with weeds. Some of them are mentioned below.
Cultural weed control: This is one of the easiest ways to control garden weeds if your lawn is full of weeds.
Reduce the planting and as result, most weeds will give up as they don’t find any nutrition.
If you don’t want this, then adding mulch is a good idea because it prevents the sunlight to reach the ground. As result, the seeds of the weeds will no longer be able to germinate.
Mechanical weed control: Mechanical control contains killing weeds with the help of hand pulling, hoeing, digging, or mowing.
This method is good and meanwhile, it is time-consuming. Also, make sure to wear gloves if there is any poisonous weed in your garden.
Chemical weed control: As the name suggests, it is the best method to kill weeds by just spraying on the weeds and soil, but it is not recommended.
I suggest using this method only when it becomes hard to kill the weeds. Otherwise, use home remedies and organic ways for the treatment of garden weeds.
Some home remedies and organic ways:
2. Use the hand-pulling method or mowing.
3. Spray with homemade herbicide:
Method 1: Fill the spray bottle with 2 cups of white vinegar, half a cup of salt, and a LITTLE BIT of dish soap as it is a chemical.
Mix well and spray the weeds. DON’T spray the veggies or other plants. They will also be killed.
Method 2: Make a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water.
4. Add boiled water in the cracks to make seeds unable to sprout. (Don’t use this method in your garden bed where your veggies are growing)
5. Burn ‘em with the help of blow torch or anything else but make sure you don’t have to set it on fire. It can be dangerous if you have dried grass nearby.
You just need to dry the moisture of the plant and in a few days, the plant will disappear.
6. Solarize your garden: If you have an empty space where you have planned to grow something, then solarize the space with the help of polythene.
Remember, it will be adequate if it is summer or late spring. Cover the area with polythene. This will increase the temperature of the soil and as result, most of the weed seeds will be unable to germinate.
7. Raise Chickens: Chickens are one of the best ways to control weeds in your garden.
Definitely, if you have some small plants like seedlings outside, sorry for them because it will also become the chicken food unless you follow some safety measurements.
8. Sprinkle baking soda on the roots of weeds.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (CONCLUSION)
Q.1 How to get rid of the lawn weeds?
Ans. There are many ways mentioned above. One of them is to sprinkle baking soda on the roots of weeds.
Q.2 Can vinegar kill weeds?
Ans. Yes, but be careful.
Q.3 Are weeds good for the garden?
Ans. Not really! But some of them are good for your health.
Q.4 When to kill lawn weeds?
Ans. When they start germinating.
Q.5 How much to spray lawn for weeds?
Ans. Just make sure all the leaves, flowers, and stems become moist.
Q.6 How often can I spray my lawn for weeds?
Ans. Every 15 days.
Q.7 What is best to kill weeds in the lawn?
Ans. By burning them.
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