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Since the government banned the use of traditional weed control products in Ontario, it has become more difficult to control weeds. However, controlling weeds naturally is not impossible. If you follow the correct cutting, watering, seeding, aerating and weed control instructions you can still have a weed free lawn in Ontario. In the following post, we will discuss what you can reasonably expect to see for weed control services in Ontario.

It takes longer than traditional products to show full results

  • Prior to the legislation the weed control would average between 3-5 days for the weeds to die; however, with Fiesta it does take an average of 10-14 days.
  • You should see a fairly immediate reaction when Fiesta is applied (weeds will start to blacken around the edges) but not all weeds absorb the product at the same time. By allowing the full time frame for the treatment to work, you will maximize the effectiveness of the application.

More treatments is not always the most effective approach.

  • With any weed control it is important to consider the amount of product that is being applied and allowing for the time it takes for the weeds to achieve the appropriate response.
  • Here at Dr. Green we adhere to IPM (Integrated Pest Management) guidelines. Because of this, we will be able to use the right amount of product on your lawn to achieve more long term results and not run the risk of over-applying.

Weed Management vs. Weed prevention

  • While the natural products approved for use in the Province of Ontario do manage the weeds, it is unfortunately not a weed preventative. The product needs to be absorbed into the leaves of an existing weed and then travel down to the root system to suppress that weed from re-growth.
    • It is important to remember that the longer the distance between the leaves and its root, the longer it will take for this product to work. (e.g. dandelions vs. Creeping Charlie)
  • The best preventative measure you can take for your lawn is regular seeding.

    • Weeds love space, so if your lawn is thin or has bare areas it becomes a perfect breeding ground for weeds to multiply.
    • It is important to seed both in the spring and the fall to help thicken up the lawn and fill in those bare or thin areas. This will cause less space for the weeds to thrive and you will be able to manage them more efficiently.
  • Set your mower blade to cut at 2 ½ -3” and cut regularly. This will help build strong roots that naturally suppress weeds!

While we understand that weeds are a concern to our customers (and of course ourselves!), it is important to have a little patience when it comes to the management of them.  But with active teamwork and communication you will see a significant reduction in the weeds on your lawn as the season continues and with regularly spaced treatments they’ll become much more manageable and your lawn will thank you! Check out our website for more helpful tips!

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