Weeds such as dandelions, thistles, clover and weed grasses are one of the most common lawn problems. Large numbers of weeds are normally an indication of a lawn suffering from poor nutrient levels. Sensitive lawn grasses require more nutrients than weeds, which is why weeds spread at the expense of grass in poor quality soils. Low rainfall during the summer months exacerbates the situation, as lawn grasses are far more susceptible to a lack of water than sturdier weeds. Fertilizer is the ideal solution in such cases. Frequent mowing at a low cutting height acts as an additional defense against the growth of weeds by preventing access to the light needed for germination. Using good-quality seed is also a factor that should not be overlooked. Cheap seed often contains a certain proportion of weed seeds and is cultivated to promote rapid growth, having an effect on grass density. Carrying out regular and deep scarifying is an effective method of preventing weeds from invading in the first place. Digging weeds out which have taken hold remains the best and often only solution.
Yellow spots in lawns
Speckled grass in combination with water accumulation
Speckled discoloration after winter
To help maintain a healthy lawn, STIHL recommends: