If You Keep Up with Weeding, You’ll Have a Tidy Landscape
Do you notice weeds popping up between your walkway or in the middle of your driveway? You can’t completely eradicate weeds, and seeds are cunning when propagating. Your only alternative is to stay on top of pulling weeds.
The Sad Truth about Weeds
Did you know that some weeds can produce up to 200,000 to one million seeds? And weed seeds can live in the ground for up to 50 years. Some weeds propagate through their roots and tubers as well as through seeds.
Weeds will continue to plague Bucks and Montgomery Counties until the end of time. You need to stay a step or two ahead of them to keep your landscape well-kept.
While we at Jamison Lawn Care can spray for weeds, they will come back every few weeks, so you need to do some weed-pulling to keep your Hatboro property looking tidy this summer.
The key is—how can you weed without taking out your back?
9 Tips for Effective Weeding
At Jamison Lawn Care, we’ll come to your home once a month to pull weeds. If you prefer, we’ll also put down weed control to limit how many weeds pop up in your garden, driveway, and patio in between our visits.
However, our relationship is a partnership with you regarding weed control. If you want a weed-free landscape, you need to pull weeds between our visits to your Doylestown property.
Here are nine tips to help you in the fight against weeds:
- Keep all of your appointments with us. When you cancel your weeding appointment, you’re stretching out our visits from every four weeks to every eight weeks. And in eight weeks, you’ll have plenty of weeds.
- Learn how to dig up weeds correctly. You must know how to weed correctly. It takes the right tools and some strength to weed as well. For example, a soil knife is an indispensable tool. It looks like a trowel, but it has notches and a toothed edge on one side. You can dig deep into the soil and get under a dandelion taproot to pull up and out of your garden. And that’s one key—make sure you dig deep and under the root to pull the entire weed out of the ground. There are many other weeding tools that you can find at your favorite garden center or big-box retailer.
- Pull weeds right after it rains. Go easy on your back and arms with weeding. Make sure you get outside to pull weeds after a rain when the soil is soft, and weeds pull out without strain. Learn more: Soil testing and Plant of the Month for April 2022
- Don’t let flowering weeds go to seed. Dandelions, henbit, and creeping Charlie have floral heads that turn to seed. Get them out of the ground before the y seed—otherwise, those seeds will float in the air and make new homes in other parts of your landscape.
- Many plants keep weeds away. Don’t be afraid to make your flowerbeds full of your favorite perennials, ornamental grasses, and groundcover. A dense flowerbed leaves no room for weeds. The same principle is true for lawns. You’ll have fewer weeds if you have a healthy, thick lawn because the turfgrass crowds them out.
- Don’t forget to put down mulch. Mulch also suppresses weeds. When we apply mulch to your flowerbeds and other landscaped areas, we add weed control to keep weeds at bay. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t have any weeds popping up. You’ll have fewer weeds to pull.
- Learn to identify weeds. While you may not have a degree in botany, or you may not like working outdoors, it does help to know your weeds. There are annual and perennial weeds. There are grassy weeds and broadleaf ones. Knowing your enemy helps you keep up with removing them from your beds. Here’s an article about weed identity to get you started.
- Make weeding a family event. Granted, your toddlers won’t be able to get into the dirt and dig out a stubborn weed, but you can take your older kids outside with you. This also eliminates the “Yes, I did weed” when your teen didn’t do a good job weeding.You and your kids can learn the identity of weeds, maybe see an earthworm, and learn about nature while outside. This helps you get the job done, spend time with your family, and give your kids a break from the screens.
- Remember the health benefits. We know you’re busy, but you’re also exercising when you get outside to pull weeds. You’ll even break a sweat as you get into the rhythm of pulling weeds.
After pulling weeds, make sure that you stretch your muscles. All major muscle groups get used, and you’ll know which ones the following day after weeding!
Unfortunately, weeds are a sad reality for every homeowner. Since we visit your property once per month, we need to partner with you to keep weeds at bay.
Do you have a landscaping company to help your southeastern Pennsylvania flowerbeds?
At Jamison Lawn Care, we provide lawn care and landscaping services. We serve homeowners and commercial properties in Buckingham and Warwick Townships, including these Pennsylvania towns: Chalfont, Doylestown, Furlong, Hatboro, Horsham, Jamison, Southampton, Warminster, Warrington, and Warwick.
Call us today at 267-621-4747 or fill out our contact form to set up your landscape appointment.
Canr.MSU.edu, Got Weeds? Remove Them Before They Set Seed.
TheSpruce.com, The 6 Best Weeding Tips for Your Garden.
Plant of the Month: Lovely Lilacs & Their Varieties
What’s the first thing you think of when someone says, “lilacs?” Is its perfume scenting the air? Or common lilac’s humble purple and white blossoms?
Common lilacs (Syringa vulgaris) come from southern Europe. Lilacs prefer colder climates, so you’ll see them in the northeastern part of the U.S., including Pennsylvania.
Since deer are prevalent in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, you’ll be glad to know that lilacs are deer-resistant. The common lilac has 28 varieties and 2,000 cultivars to brighten your southeastern Pennsylvania property.
If you love lilacs and want these spring beauties in your landscape, you’re in luck. You can find lilac varieties at local garden centers to grace your Doylestown or Jamison yard. The top six varieties include
- The common lilac which graces most properties, this variety can grow up to 20’ and its fragrance is light and floral.
- Persian lilac grows up to 10’ tall. The blossoms are pale lavender, and the panicles are half the diameter of their common lilac cousins
- Dwarf Korean lilac grows only 4’ tall, and their panicles are similar to the common lilac.
- Japanese lilacs are a tree variety that grows up to 30’ tall with cream-colored or ivory-colored panicles.
- Chinese lilacs make a great hedge or summer screen. It’s a quick grower and reaches 8’-12’ tall. The Chinese lilac is also known as the Rouen lilac.
- Himalayan lilac blossoms are different from their cousins but have the same coloring as Himalayan salt—a soft pink-white color.
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Here are 10 lilac varieties to consider planting in your landscaped areas:
- Albert F. Holden lilacs have dark purple and white variegated blossoms with heart-shaped leaves.
- Andenken an Ludwig Spath lilacs have slender panicles (blossoms) that grow up to a foot long. Think deep purple with a pleasant fragrance. See spring snow with Avalanche lilacs! Their panicles are pure white and look like a beautiful array of floral snow in your yard.
- If you spot the Beauty of Moscow, you’ll understand how it got its name. White panicles with blush-colored blossoms open to white, looking gentle and delicate.
- Blue Skies lilacs have a lighter lavender or a blue-purple hue to their blossoms
- Charles Joly lilacs look jolly with dark wine color and tight blossoms on slender panicles that add a pop of color and sophistication to your yard.
- Katherine Havemeyer lilacs are paler in comparison to Charles Joly with their lavender-purple flowers
- Madame Lemoine is a white lilac and has been awarded one of the best white lilacs.
- Monge lilac is a French lilac with red-purple blossoms that grows 9” long.
- President Grevy lilac comes with massive panicles where the buds are purple and open to a light lavender color.
At Jamison Lawn Care, we’ll happily help you pick the perfect lilacs for your property. We’ll also plant them for you, leave you with care instructions, and mulch around the base to give your lilacs a finishing touch.
We serve homeowners and commercial properties in Buckingham and Warwick Townships, including these Pennsylvania towns: Chalfont, Doylestown, Furlong, Hatboro, Horsham, Jamison, Southampton, Warminster, Warrington, and Warwick.
Call us today at 267-621-4747 or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment.
Gardenia.net, Syringa Vulgaris (Common Lilac).
GardeningKnowHow.com, Common Lilac Varieties: What Are Different Types of Lilac Bushes?