When spring comes, you'll want to get busy with the landscaping. If you've decided to plant new grass, you'll need to get the weeds under control. Unfortunately, during the winter, the weeds have laid dormant beneath the soil. As soon as the soil warms up, those weeds are going to come out in force. If you don't get rid of the weeds before you plant your fresh grass seed, you're going to end up with a fresh lawn of noxious weeds. That's why it's crucial that you kill all the weeds before you plant your new grass seed. Here are three steps you should take to rid your yard of weeds before you plant your lawn.
Turn the Soil Over
If you're going to be spreading grass seed over a large area of soil, the first thing you'll need to do is turn the soil over. Using a tiller to turn the soil over will do a couple of things for you. First, it will pull up all the weeds that are already growing. Second, it will cultivate your soil so that your grass seed will have an easier time germinating. Finally, it will help bring all the weed seeds to the surface that are waiting to germinate. Once you've turned the soil over, wait for a fresh batch of weeds to pop through the soil, and repeat the process.
Heat Things Up
Once you've turned the soil over several times, you'll want to take measures to make sure that the lingering weeds have been destroyed. The best way to do that is by heating things up. Heat will kill the weeds and the seeds that are hiding below the surface. Simply cover the soil with black plastic landscape sheeting, and leave in place for several days. The moisture that builds up under the plastic will cause the weeds seeds to germinate quickly, and the heat will cause them to die as soon as they begin to grow. The benefit of the heat treatment is that there will be no loose weeds and seeds to germinate later on.
After you've planted your grass seed, you'll need to watch for intrusive weeds. Those are the ones that were brought in by the wind, or in the bag of grass seed. If you see any weeds begin to pop up, be sure to pluck them out before they get a chance to take root. You'll want to continue plucking the new weeds as soon as they begin to grow. Take care when walking on your fresh lawn though, especially before it's fully developed.
Contact a company like Cutter Up for more information and assistance.