How to deal with weeds in your lawn in Cocoa, FL and surrounding areas in Brevard county

How to deal with weeds in your lawn in Cocoa, FL and surrounding areas in Brevard county

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Weeds  are defined as unwanted plants. The first and best method of weed control begins with proper maintenance practices which will encourage dense, vigorously growing turf. Healthy turf shades the soil so sunlight cannot reach weed seeds to germinate. A thick turf also minimizes the physical space available for weeds to become established..
Bare areas in your lawn should be re-sodded to help prevent weed infestation as weed control cannot be accomplished in these areas.

Proper cultural practices also have a tremendous impact on weed control. Here are some conditions that will encourage weed growth.


  • Overwatering – Many weeds thrive on excessive moisture such as Dollar Weed, Sedge, and  Crabgrass. Weeds cannot be controlled in areas that are getting too much water.
  • Underwatering – Certain weeds such as Spurge and Florida Pursley thrive under dry conditions
  • Mowing too short – Mowing turf too short will decrease the density of the turf therefore allowing weeds to thrive

Caring for different kinds of grasses

Certain grasses cannot be controlled chemically. Bermuda, Alexander, and Torpedo Grass are some examples that can take over St. Augustine lawns. There are no products available that will provide pre or post-emergent control. Re-sodding is the only way to the situation and nothing will prevent these grasses from possibly re-infesting in the future.

Crabgrass

Unfortunately, there is no longer a post-emergent weed control for crabgrass. This is another situation where the areas of infestation would have to be re-sodded. All Brevard, however, does apply a pre-emergent herbicide in the Spring which may help to reduce but not eliminate the generation of crabgrass.