The Negative Impact of Weeds on Your Lawn
How Your Lawn, Family & Pets are Impacted by Weeds
While many homeowners despise the appearance of weeds in their lawn, many don’t understand why weeds are undesirable and the negative impact they can have. While not all weeds are harmful, others are extremely aggressive and invasive. Without adequate control, many common weeds can quickly overtake your home lawn, contribute to allergies and be harmful to pets and children.
What is Considered a Weed?
A weed can be considered as any wild plant growing where it is unwanted and in competition with other cultivated plants. Many homeowners only think of weeds in their lawn; however, weeds are abundant in the natural environment, impacting ecosystems, agriculture and human health. A weed can be defined as a living plant that generally provides no value in terms of supplying food, nutrients or visual appeal.
How Do Weeds Negatively Impact My Lawn?
When weeds invade your turf, they compete with healthy, desirable grasses for air, water, and nutrients. When fertilizer is applied, for example, weeds are often quickest to soak up the nutrients that would otherwise fuel your lawn’s growth. This results in the weakening of grass plants, making your lawn more prone to other issues, such as disease, insect infestation, and drought. Weeds also compete for space – spreading quickly and ultimately taking over what was once your green oasis.
How Do Weeds Negatively Affect Humans & Pets?
In addition to the effects on your lawn, weeds can also impact human health. Certain weeds like Ragweed, Pigweed, Plantain and Ryegrass can contribute to asthma and other respiratory problems, especially in children. Other weeds such as Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Monkshood, Buttercup and Poison Hemlock can cause skin irritation in both humans and pets. Some of these weeds can even cause digestive discomfort, if consumed. For many homeowners, this is reason enough to keep their outdoor space well maintained and free of weed growth.
In general, common lawn weeds aren’t a huge concern for health and safety. Most homeowners choose to maintain their lawn to improve curb appeal, entertain guests and have a space for children and pets to play. Weed Man can help with any weed problems you may experience. With nearly 50 years in the industry we provide weed control, fertilizer and integrated pest management to ensure that your lawn is thick, healthy and weed-free.
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