If you want to keep your lawn looking green during the cold winter months, then you should consider some simple weed control methods. Although the feed given to the grass in spring and summer will help maintain color during freezing weather many people are not aware that weeds are one of the biggest enemies of a healthy lawn. Not only do they steal light and nutrients from your existing grass but they can also take away your attention when it comes to mowing and edging creating an unkempt appearance which is definitely not good if you want a well-groomed garden or lawn all year round. To avoid this occurring in your yard, here are 3 quick that could be done at home to aid your lawn during the winter time.
Warm Water and Salt
Warm water and salt can be a very effective way of killing weed roots and preventing them from returning again next spring. All you have to do is dissolve around 3 tablespoons of salt per gallon of warm water. You need to make sure that the mixture is poured directly on top of the weeds as if it’s poured anywhere else it could potentially cause damage to other plants in your garden. It’s recommended that this mixture is applied on frost free days but if this isn’t possible then ensure that the temperature will not drop below freezing for at least 24 hours after application, otherwise you run the risk of causing even more harm than good!
Another simple solution which again only requires vinegar and salt. Although the mixture will not be as strong as the previous one, it’s still worth giving a try to kill off those weeds which seem to take over your lawn during winter time. All you have to do is mix up four tablespoons of salt with every cup of white distilled vinegar and make sure that this solution is poured directly on top of the weed or weed roots for best results. To give your grass an extra boost from the winter weather, try sprinkling a little bit of edible yeast on top of it after applying these homemade solutions which should help keep your grass looking green and healthy all year round!
Tips on Winter Weed Control for Your Lawn
Keeping weeds at bay is one of the top priorities.
- You can use a few homemade weed control solutions to keep your yard green and free of pesky weeds.
- The first thing you should do is get rid of any dead vegetation so that it doesn’t harbor weeds or insects over the winter.
- Mulch leaves, grass clippings, straw or other organic material all across your lawn. This will prevent the soil from eroding away during rainstorms and reduce weed growth . It also prevents snow mold because it warms up more quickly in springtime.
- Another great way to control those pesky weeds is by using household items such as vinegar and dish soap! Mix together one part vinegar with 10 parts water and pour into a spray bottle Spray this solution on any areas where weeds are growing, and watch them wilt away.
- Finally, to keep the soil in your yard healthy throughout the winter months apply a layer of compost or organic matter (leaves, grass clippings etc.) to the surface. This will ensure that it stays watered during dry periods and nourished when it freezes over. It is also much healthier for future planting, so you can prevent any damage caused by pests or insects before they become an issue!
Now that you know what to do until spring comes around just remember these simple tips when caring for your lawn this winter season. Caring for your lawn all year long makes sure you have a nice thick green grass come Spring!
Homemade Weed Killer Recipes
Using items that are readily available in most homes can provide a quick way of getting rid of those pesky weeds that seem to appear out of nowhere in your garden or lawn. To make your own homemade weed killer, the simple ingredients you’ll need include:
- Vinegar (white)
- Lemon Juice
To create a mixture which will be effective in killing these unwanted plants, all you have to do is mix together 1 pint of vinegar and ½ cup salt in a spray bottle and add in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and shake well before use. This particular homemade weed killer should be sprayed directly onto the weeds but not on grass or any other plant as it could damage them when used incorrectly. You may need to repeat this process every couple weeks if necessary but please take care when doing so to avoid any damage or injury.