What is a weed? A weed is any plant that’s growing where it’s not wanted. Weeds are a problem because they compete with cultivated plants for space, water, and nutrients.
Weeds are a nuisance every Los Angeles homeowner must deal with. Controlling the spread of weeds is important to maintaining a healthy landscape. Left to themselves, weeds can quickly take over a yard.
Common Los Angeles Weeds
Some of the most common types of weeds in Los Angeles include:
- Sweet Clover
- Yellow Starthistle
- Spotted Spurge
- Bermuda Grass
In addition to competing with cultivated plants, weeds can also pose a fire hazard. Some weeds have thorns and spines, others contain toxic materials that are hazardous to humans and animals. They also provide a home for rodents, insects, snakes, and other pests.
However, not all weeds are harmful. Some are edible or have medicinal properties. Others help control drainage and prevent erosion. An experienced arborist can help you identify both the harmful and beneficial plants growing on your property.
Prevent Weeds From Taking Over Your Property
There are many steps you can take to prevent weeds from taking over your yard.
When you aerate, fertilize, water, and maintain your lawn regularly, weeds have a hard time sprouting. Underground barriers can stop weeds that spread through their root systems. Two to three inches of stone or wood chip mulch form an above-ground barrier that also helps control weed growth.
It’s important to be on the lookout for any weeds that may appear on your property. You’ll want to get rid of any unwanted plant growth before it becomes a problem.
If you only have a few weeds, pulling them out of the ground by hand may be sufficient. There are many garden tools specifically designed for the removal of weeds. Mowers, weed eaters, and other equipment may be needed to remove larger weed infestations. Some people even enlist the aid of goats and other grazing animals to keep their weeds under control.
Remember that for some weeds you’ll have to remove the entire plant, roots and all, to get rid of it.
Herbicides are another option for getting rid of unwanted weeds. Because they have the potential to harm people, animals, and other plants, herbicides should be applied carefully and only as directed.
Your Los Angeles Weed Control Experts
Don’t be afraid to ask for professional help with your weed problems! The Los Angeles landscaping experts at Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping have been providing expert weed control service to LA area home and business owners for over 25 years. We can safely remove any weeds or dead brush from your property and install mulch and other barriers to help prevent the weeds from returning.
The longer those weeds grow unchecked, the harder it will be to get rid of them and the more damage they can do to your landscaping. If you’ve been noticing a lot of strange plants taking root in your yard, contact the experts at Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping through our website or call us at (310) 324-6593 to learn more about our weed control and removal services.