Important Tips For Controlling Weeds

Today, lovely grounds surrounding homes in North Carolina benefit from vigorous weed control efforts. The specific measures used to prevent the growth of unwanted plants depends upon many factors. This brief article discusses some measures Heffner Landscaping recommends to help curb the growth of several common weeds.

Why should homeowners and property management firms select a landscaping firm capable of implementing targeted weed control efforts? First, some widespread varieties of weeds thrive specifically because these opportunistic plant species grow vigorously in lawns and gardens. Unless controlled, they usurp resources essential for the survival of less robust, domesticated flowers and grasses. An uncontrolled weed population crowds out other, more desirable, plantings. Many weeds reproduce with ease. They flourish in harsh environmental conditions, and their seeds possess the capability to lie dormant for extended periods of time.

Second, some weeds impact lawn and garden environments in unpleasant ways. For example, crabgrass, a notorious lawn villain, produces large quantities of sharp burrs. These hard, spiked seeds cling to clothing, pet fur, and exposed skin. They sometimes produce painful injuries, preventing people and their animal companions from fully enjoying lush green outdoor spaces. By taking appropriate steps to eliminate unwanted weeds from the yard, a skilled landscaping company assists clients in creating more comfortable residential settings.

Weeds: a Diverse Group of Plants

Heffner Landscaping strives to supply highly targeted methods for implementing weed control. Spraying herbicides indiscriminately across the grounds sometimes destroys valuable, helpful plant populations. This simplistic strategy may cause more harm than good. A “one size fits all” approach won’t work effectively in dealing with invasive weed infestations. Instead, we recommend directing control efforts towards specific problem plants. A variety of useful measures assists landscaping firms in this era. It requires the correct identification of weeds and the selection of the best preventative strategies

A grounds keeper enjoys a number of useful methods for promoting the growth of certain plants and restricting the growth of others. Just consider a few of the approaches which may work well to destroy specific types of unwelcome weeds:

  1. Physically removing individual plants by hand
  2. Changing the soil pH to create unfavorable growing conditions for certain species
  3. Planting competitors
  4. Using targeted herbicides at specific times of the year
  5. Applying mulch or other coverings to prevent seed germination
  6. Controlling the distribution of essential garden resources, such as water or fertilizer.

By using these measures in conjunction with knowledge about specific weeds, a careful gardener helps create a resilient, healthy landscape.

Controlling Common Weeds

Consider using these strategies to control common weed pests in Moore County. Weeding helps create stunningly beautiful, very healthy, lawns and gardens. By preventing the growth of weed populations, homeowners and their landscapers promote eye catching settings!


Crabgrass infestations pose a significant problem in many parts of Moore County today. This annual plant spreads extensively from both underground roots and germinated burrs. If allowed to remain uncut, it may attain a height of 24 inches, more. It produces copious quantities of burrs beginning in mid-summer. They resist environmental changes and may remain dormant in a yard for up to three years. The best permanent solution for crabgrass involves immediate removal of the entire plant. Frequent, regular mowing also proves helpful. By trimming back this weed on a regular basis, homeowners help prevent the formation and spread of its burrs. However, since the grass blades may extend horizontally (as well as vertically), eliminating crabgrass offers a more effective long term solution. To prevent a resurgence of this noxious plant, take steps to encourage the development of thick, healthy turf.


Dandelions produce brightly colored golden flowers. Their leaves provide a great source of Vitamin A; earlier generation once cultivated this weed in vegetable plots. Unfortunately, dandelions (like many weeds) proliferate with gusto. They easily take over lawns and gardens in North Carolina, sending airborne, puffy seeds throughout the immediate vicinity. Unless property owners remove their roots completely, plucked dandelions will re-emerge again in the future. Experts recommend removing dandelions completely by digging out the taproot. Additionally, maintaining a lush lawn helps control the spread of this common weed.


Pigweed in the past did not pose an extensive problem in North Carolina, but this weed adapts and spreads vigorously and it has flourished during recent years. Often found growing near cotton and soybean crops, today it has reportedly reached locations as distant as Australia. Many experts recommend annual spring and fall mulching to prevent the development of pigweed infestations. Remove individual pigweed plants quickly through extraction of the tap root to help reduce the growth of this invasive pest.

White Clover

White clover, a popular source of nourishment for honey bees, constitutes a weed when it takes over lawns. Landscapers help prevent this result by ensuring lawns receive adequate quantities of nitrogen and phosphorous to encourage vigorous turf growth. (If you notice a significant growth of White Clover on your North Carolina grounds, consider obtaining regular lawn maintenance services from a company such as Heffner Landscaping.

Common Ragweed

This perennial weed creates discomfort for people who suffer from allergies by producing high volumes of pollen in the Spring and early Autumn. Control its growth in a lawn by mowing frequently. Developing a thick, healthy lawn helps control common ragweed infestations. In the worst case scenarios, it may prove useful to use limited applications of herbicides in badly infested yards.

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Control Weeds to Help Maintain Beautiful, Park-Like Lawns And Gardens

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