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9 troublesome weed zones to tackle this spring
Weeds are opportunists
that take advantage of
bleak growing conditions
to set root. If you’ve ever seen a
weed growing out of a crack in your
driveway or other paving, you know
that weeds, by nature, can adapt to
almost any spot.
As you work to get your yard in
shape for spring, keep an eye on
the following areas that oft en off er
ideal conditions for weeds to grow
1. Pathways. Paths made from
loose materials, such as bark mulch,
decomposed granite or stones, can act
as seeding beds, off ering a natural
spot for weeds to grow.
2. Underneath shrubs. Areas under
shrubs can be hard to reach, shady
and moist - a perfect place for weeds.
3. Unpaved drives and parking
areas. Whether grassy, muddy or
fi lled with gravel, these areas oft en
roll out the welcome mat for weeds.
4. Cracks and crevices. Cracks
between paving stones, bricks or
slabs of concrete provide natural
entry points for weeds. If the weeds
are not dealt with, roots can lift
pavers or bricks, creating dangerous
uneven spots while potentially
ruining the clean look of your patio
5. Beneath decks. Despite sparse
sunlight, weeds may still grow
6. Around downspouts. Weeds
oft en thrive at the base of downspouts
where moisture is abundant. Heavy
rains can wash seeds from these
weeds into other areas of your yard.
7. Along fences and foundations.
Often out-of-sight and out-of-mind,
these areas are natural spots for
8. Freshly tilled soil. Anytime you
turn soil or an animal digs a hole, you
expose buried weed seeds, creating
an area to watch for new seedlings.
9. Open soil. Keep a close watch
on your yard for dead spots or open
areas. Fill them in as soon as you can,
adding new plants, seeds or mulch.
Bare spots in lawns should be overseeded
with desirable grass seed.
In new plantings, cultivate often to
uproot new weed seedlings.
There are many ways to control
weeds, including hand-pulling,
hoeing, mulching or using herbicides.
People often try homemade,
natural weed killers like vinegar
to avoid herbicides. However, these
“natural” techniques often don’t
kill the roots of the weeds, so they
Alternatively, consider an
environmentally friendly option
like Natria Grass & Weed Control
With Root Kill. You’ll usually see
results within minutes and weeds
are not likely to come back from
their roots, unlike when using
For more information on
controlling weeds, visit natria.com.
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