It seems like no matter what you do, weeds and volunteer plants will pop up somewhere on your retail property. It can feel like they appear overnight in your flowerbeds, lawns, fence lines, and even parking lots. Not only are weeds an eyesore, but they also can hurt your beautiful commercial landscape.
Unwanted plants compete with existing ones for sunlight, water, and nutrients in the soil. If you eliminate weeds, you will not only improve your business’s appearance, but will also ultimately save money on future landscaping costs by making your plants healthier. Command7 knows how to combat weeds, so we put together a few steps you can take to control unwanted plants on your property.
Mechanical Weed Removal
This step is probably already being taken on your property. Mechanical weed removal involves any physical method used to remove or kill weeds, such as pulling, mowing, or tilling. Depending on which method used, your existing plants won’t get hurt. Roots should be completely eliminated to keep the plant from coming back, but if that isn’t possible, pruning the weeds before they go to seed will help.
Mulch is any material that is used to cover an area of soil. Mulches can do a lot of things, but in the context of weed control, they improve the look of your property and insulate weed seeds from the sun, which keeps them from growing. There are organic mulches, made from materials like wood chips, and synthetic mulches, which are made of objects like rubber. You can also use rocks, grass clippings, and straw, depending on your needs. You can even plant groundcover to block the sun, but it’s possible that the groundcover could start to compete with the existing plants.
Sometimes you need to do something drastic. Be aware that there are a lot of varieties of herbicides, each with its own chemical composition and function. Some herbicides are designed to prevent seeds from ever sprouting and others attack the plants once they have started growing. It’s important to proceed with caution if this step is taken. There are more environmentally-friendly approaches to eliminating weeds. For example, using boiling water, salt, vinegar, citrus oils, and even controlled fire can help control weeds.
Hire a Commercial Landscaper
An experienced commercial landscaping company will be able to manage and attack weeds. To learn more about how we can help you keep your property beautiful, healthy and weed-free, call us at 855-214-2168 or fill out our contact form.