by April Reinhardt
(last updated January 22, 2018)
If you have patches of weeds growing in your lawn, chances are they are of the broadleaf variety. Mild temperatures in the spring stimulate growth of broadleaf weeds such as chickweed, dandelion, and clover. During the hot seasons of summer and early fall, your lawn might become overrun with broadleaf varieties such as button weed and wood sorrel.
Yet some broadleaf weeds are introduced into a lawn area as groundcover since they can thrive even under adverse weather conditions. Such broadleaf weeds include certain clovers, thistle, and ground ivy. When those broadleaf groundcovers start to encroach upon grasses and flower beds, however, you'll need to prevent their growth. Whatever type of broadleaf weeds you find in your yard, there are measures that you can take to prevent them from emerging. Here are some great tips for preventing broadleaf weeds:
When using any type of herbicide, use liquid sprays rather than granular types. Liquids absorb faster through the leaves of existing broadleaf weeds, killing them quicker. When you apply herbicides, use the least amount of water pressure possible when using in conjunction with your water hose and a sprayer. If you use greater water pressure, the chemicals can spill over to your flower beds and other plants, killing them as well as the weeds.
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