3 Tips For Weed-Free Lawns Around Your Business

Lawn areas around businesses and on commercial campuses can be especially weed-prone because weed seeds are tracked in from far-flung places on the feet of staff and clients. Weedy lawns don't just impact the first impression clients have of your business, they can also make it harder to properly maintain the landscaping. Preventing weeds doesn't have to be complicated, though.

1. Edge Management

Weeds often make their way into commercial lawns from foot traffic coming and going from the business. The seeds can also be brought on car tires pulling into your lot or blown in from neighboring areas. The first point of invasion is the edges of the lawn, so creating a barrier here can trap weed seeds before they become a widespread problem in the grass.

Simple edging along sidewalks and curbs, which leaves a small trench that grass and plants won't grow over, is a quick solution. If your lawn is especially weed-prone along the edges, then consider putting in borders along sidewalks and curbs. These should be heavily mulched areas and not bare soil. You can have them planted with flowers or low shrubs if desired.

2. Path Prevention

Shortcuts across grassy areas on your business campus are another major cause of the spread of weeds throughout the lawn. Plus, the beaten-down paths don't have grass to shade out weeds, so hardy weed seeds tend to quickly invade these areas.

Consider putting in a paved path, edged as mentioned above, along popular shortcuts that have already been tramped into the lawn. You can use landscaping obstructions to prevent shortcuts from forming in areas where the path is just beginning to show. For example, plant a shrub or put in a bench to block the developing path access.

3. Lawn Improvement

Eventually, grass can begin to thin out, which means there is bare soil available for weeds to take root. Maintaining a lush lawn doesn't just look nice for its own sake, it simply looks better and it's easier to maintain because there is less weed growth.

Good lawn care is the first step for lusher grass. Your lawn service should mow the grass no shorter than a few inches. This may require more frequent mowing but it does allow for a healthier lawn. Regular fertilizing along with weed treatments are also necessary, as is a good irrigation schedule. Finally, ask your lawn service to seed the grass annually. This replaces any grass that has died so the lawn remains thick. 

Contact a commercial lawn care service for more help.