When thinking about lawn health, we often think about the usual steps of fertilization, proper irrigation, and regular trimming and maintenance. What many often overlook, however, is how weed control is just as important for your lawn's health.

Without weed control, weeds starve your grass and plants, creating an unsightly mess and causing more time and money to be spent later on. Weeds wreak havoc to your landscape and diminish your property's investment. Here are some reasons why you need weed control for your lawn in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, and other nearby areas in Washington.

Why Weeds Are Bad for Your Lawn

Generally speaking, weeds are plants that provide no value, in terms of food or nutrients or visual appeal to your lawn. They spread rapidly and once their roots take hold, they become stronger and much harder to eliminate. These weeds also become much more aggressive over time. The sooner you take action against weeds in your yard, the easier it is to get rid of them and keep them gone.

Simply put, weeds choke out your grass and kill it by depriving it of much-needed space, nutrients, and light. Weeds also compete with flowers, vegetables and other plants for water, nutrients, and sunlight. Because weeds are voracious and grow astoundingly fast, they often absorb more of one nutrient than others, leaving an imbalance of nutrients in your soil. When fertilizer is applied to your lawn, weeds are the quickest to soak up the nutrients that would otherwise fuel your lawn's growth and health. This results in your grass and plants becoming weak due to nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium loss. When this happens, your lawn and plants become more prone to disease, pest infestation, and drought.

If left unchecked and out of control, weeds can very quickly spread throughout your yard and take over what was once your green, healthy lawn, which means more work, time, and money for you in the long run.

Weeds Can Be Dangerous to Pets and Kids

Certain weeds in Spokane and other surrounding areas are toxic to pets and people, like this kid and puppy.

We have several kinds of weeds in our area, some of which can pose a potential health threat to pets and people. Groundsel in particular, which is common in our area, can be toxic to pets, livestock, and humans. These plants contain alkaloids called pyrrolizidine, which are harmful to the liver when consumed in large enough quantities. Potential side effects of ingestion or contact with this weed include weight loss, weakness, incoordination, and liver failure.

How Weed Control Saves You Time and Money

When you invest in your lawn and landscaping, the last thing you want is for it to be ruined and overrun by unsightly weeds that destroy your hard-earned work. Voracious weeds starve out your beautiful lawn and steal nutrients from your plants and garden. This causes your gorgeous landscaping to turn into a weed-infested mess that ultimately costs more money down the road to eliminate.

Rather than waiting until the weeds have run amok and destroyed your landscaping, it's best to call in a professional who can provide proper weed control treatments and get to the root of the problem. Pulling weeds by hand, while feasible, takes a lot of time and isn't as effective as a spray treatment. Our weed control treatments save you time and money so you can have more time to relax and leave your yard's health in our hands.

Using preventative weed control treatments, along with routine fertilization, provides your lawn with all the nutrients and space it needs to thrive and remain healthy.

Types of Weed Control and Their Benefits

Performing preventative weed control treatment with a spray on a lawn in Spokane.

There are quite a few types of weed control, however, the most effective is preventative treatments. Preventative weed control treatments are best because they eliminate the ability for weeds to grow by preventing your soil from having favorable conditions for invasive weed growth. Preventing weed growth from the start saves you time and money later on and prevents weeds from taking a stronghold in your yard.

We offer preventative treatments that include five applications throughout the year. Pre-emergent treatment prevents the germination of weeds. It's the first step to a weed-free lawn and is applied with your first fertilizer application. A contact herbicide is then used to eliminate already existing weeds. Throughout the rest of the year, we apply a post-emergent treatment that kills any remaining weeds that may have survived from the initial applications.

Ready to eliminate pesky weeds from your yard?

Sure Green Lawn & Tree Service can help with any weed problems you may have in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, and the surrounding areas. We provide routine comprehensive weed treatment that provides coverage throughout the season. When combined with regular fertilizer applications and proper watering, our treatments will keep your grass healthy while eliminating and preventing pesky weeds. Call us today at (509) 927-6767 to learn how you can save time and money by setting up a free weed control consultation for your lawn.