As a property owner, you never want to see pesky weeds show up on your lawn. However, since weeds are prevalent here in Mansfield, OH unless you have a proactive plan in place to prevent their spread, at some point, your lawn has been or will likely be visited by them. When this happens, you may consider pulling them by hand, but not so fast! Hand-pulling weeds can often make the problem worse.

Since many property owners find weeds unsightly, there is often a strong temptation to pull weeds the moment you see them sprout. However, pulling weeds by hand requires you to remove the roots entirely otherwise they will just grow back. Also, hand-pulling certain weeds can cause you to accidentally spread their seeds, causing weeds to spread in other areas of your property. The good news is you can avoid further frustration by having a lawn care professional apply weed control to your lawn.

Hand-pulling weeds allows for little to no margin for error.

Our potential customer pulling their own weeds at their home in Bellville, OH.

While it seems easy, hand-pulling weeds in your lawn more often than not proves to be a futile activity. That's because, as many property owners later learn, the weeds will grow back if you do not remove every bit of their roots from the ground. This means that you are usually just wasting your time when you hand-pull weeds since they will grow back again shortly after.

Pulling weeds can increase their spread or make them stronger.

Some weeds, such as dandelions, release their seeds when you pull them. This only serves to spread their seeds to other parts of your lawn or garden. The result is that pulling these types of weeds often yields more growth than before and can even spark a full-blown infestation.

Since root disturbances actually stimulate some weeds, hand-pulling can sometimes encourage the weeds to grow back more aggressively. In the case of dormant seeds, disturbing the seeds can inadvertently trigger new growth. This is often the case with perennial weeds; it's one of the reasons weed problems can be so persistent.

So, how should you get rid of weeds?

The most effective way to remove weeds is with weed control. Since weed control is designed to disrupt the tissue of the seeds, stem, and roots of weeds, this form of weed control is much more reliable than hand pulling. This is especially true when weeds take over large portions of your lawn or garden bed. There are two broad categories of weed control - pre-emergent and post-emergent.

Post-emergents are is used to spot-treat weeds that have already germinated. In contrast, pre-emergent weed control is a preventative measure that aims to stop weeds from growing. It's possible to resolve weed problems through an application of pre-emergent weed control, followed up with a post-emergent treatment where necessary.

Many weed control herbicides are designed to be effective against a variety of different weeds.

Don't make your weed problems worse. Call us now to schedule our weed control treatment!

It may be tempting to try and pull weeds out by hand, but in most cases, hand-pulling causes more problems than it solves. Fortunately, our comprehensive weed control program can help ensure your property is free of pesky weeds. Our weed control program consists of applying pre-emergent weed control to stop new growth and post-emergents on any existing weeds in your lawn or in your landscape beds.

If you're in Mansfield, Ashland, Wooster, or nearby in Ohio and have weed concerns, our team can help you regain control of your lawn. Call us now at (419) 528-5698 to schedule our weed control treatments today!