c) Burn ‘em up
While burning weeds can be an effective method of weed control, our dry Nevada conditions mean burning weeds is a risky endeavor. Flaming is most effective on weeds that are less than two inches tall and should be done with a propane torch and a fan tip. If you choose this technique, make sure it is open burning season in your county (typically spring and fall), winds are low, there are no burn restrictions in place and you have fire suppression tools at the ready. Certain communities may also require burn permits, so be sure to check before you light up.
Most often, a combination of efforts is most successful for maintaining a weed-free yard – i.e. pre-emergents in the spring, some hand weeding during the season. Just remember to bend at the knees when doing yard work, your back will thank you.
a) Pull ‘em out
If you have a yard in Nevada, you have weeds. No? Well, if not today, rest assured you’ll have them tomorrow because weeds happen. Even when the rest of our plants are struggling to thrive, the weeds seem to do just fine.
Keeping your landscaping weed-free requires a concerted effort. Regular efforts, timed well, will help ensure less common mallow in your grass and spotted surge in your rose beds. Prepare yourself, however, as weeding is a serious commitment. We’ve spelled out the three key techniques to a managing those pesky weeds.
Pre-emergents are chemicals that stop weeds before they “emerge.” They work by inhibiting the germination of weed seeds, so to be most effective, you need to apply them very early in the season. The chemical barrier they form breaks down in six to eight weeks, so a second application may be needed during the growing season. While safe for some desirable plants – which are typically indicated on the label – pre-emergents can harm some ornamental plants and turf grasses.
If you’re concerned about the health of little humans and furry friends who play in the affected area, look for organic and pet-friendly versions of this product, like Espoma CGP6 Organic Weed Preventer Plus Plant Food, EcoSMART Organic Weed and Grass Killer and WeedKleen Weed Killer Made with Organic Ingredients.
If you have a yard in Nevada, you have weeds. If not today, rest assured you’ll have them tomorrow.