Why is it that the plants you want to keep green and living always brown and wilt, while the weeds you try to kill flourish and drive you nuts? It’s a problem that plagues every yard, in every community, no matter in what part of the country you live. While the problem is inevitable, there are some tricks that will help you and your community win the war on weeds and avoid unnecessary violations.

  • Be a good example. If the common areas are properly weeded, homeowners will be more inclined to slip on their gardening gloves and get to weeding.
  • Prevention. This is especially important for your lawn. Put down a pre-emergent herbicide that is safe for grass to prevent weeds for germinating in the first place. If you prevent them from starting, you’ll save yourself so much hassle down the road! 
  • Set up some neighborly competition! While it may seem silly, having a weekly or monthly “best yard” contest may motivate homeowners to get actively involved in killing weeds and trimming shrubs. It’s hard work maintaining a beautiful yard, and all it takes for some folks is a little recognition.
  • Grass health. Believe it or not, the healthier the lawn, the fewer weeds you’ll Keep it fertilized and well-watered and weeds won’t have the chance to grow as easily.
  • Send a friendly reminder to homeowners. Sometimes homeowners just need a little heads up! Addressing the issues directly can be one the most effective and easiest ways to resolve violations.
  • Mow. Keeping your lawn healthy and mowed means less chance for weeds. Some types of grass are healthier at different heights, but no matter what grass you have you’ll see fewer weeds if you mow at least once a week.
  • Treat. No matter how hard you try, weeds will always find a way. If it’s in the grass, your flower beds, or even in the cracks of your driveway, you’ll want to poison it before pulling it. Poison it one day, pull it the next. That way the root system is compromised, and it won’t grow back. 

Even though weeds are impossible to avoid, it’s possible to manage them with diligent work and clear homeowner expectations. Hopefully this article gives you some ideas on how to tackle pesky weeds and violations.

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