5 Tips for a Successful, Weed-free Lawn in Richmond, VA

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Did you know the healthier your grass is, the fewer weeds you will deal with? This is because the grass will grow to the point where weeds will not have any place. How do we get to this point? In this post, we will walk you through 5 crucial tips for a successful, weed-free lawn.

Remove Existing Weeds

It’s not the best job in the world, but you can’t prevent weeds until the old ones are removed. The best time to go at it is after rainfall when the turf is soft.

Irrigation System

The most effective way to maintain a healthy root system is to water 1-1.5 inches of water per week by watering your lawn in smaller amounts 2-3 days a week. If your watering session is causing runoffs, you are overdoing it. The trick to knowing how much you are watering is to place a couple of rain gauges throughout your lawn. Read Virginia Green’s watering instructions on the website here for more information.

Green Dream Landscaping installs WiFi-enabled irrigation systems that automatically know if your lawn is getting enough water with the rainfall and sprinkler system. Irrigation systems cut costs while providing a healthy growing environment for your lawn. 

Lawn Maintenance

Never remove more than ⅓ of the leaf blade in a single mowing. Grass that is too short has a harder time resisting weeds. Also, keep your blades sharp to prevent plant disease and insect issues. Lastly, it’s best to remove the clippings if they are heavy enough to cover the grass.

Regular lawn maintenance is key to keeping your lawn lush, that’s why using a maintenance company like Green Dream Landscaping is beneficial to growing successful, weed-free grass. 

Aeration and Seeding Timing Matters

A common misconception we hear is springtime is it’s the perfect time to aerate and seed lawns. If you break up the soil during the spring, you soften up the compaction which makes a perfect growing environment for weeds. After you overseed, you will see germinating grass seed but weeds will come along with it.

When summer comes, the grass that doesn’t hit full maturity dies and you will be stuck with weeds. This is not how you get a green, lush lawn in.

There are 3 solutions to this problem:

  1. Install sod for large problem areas
  2. Use dirt and seed for the small problem areas
  3. Wait for the fall to aerate and seed

Springtime is the optimal time for sod installation, and fall is the best time to aerate and overseed. Green Dream Landscaping offers sod installation services, as well as aeration and overseeding services to ensure your lawn reaches its full potential.

Soil Testing

It’s worth the money to hire specialists to test your lawn and develop a personalized plan to keep your lawn thriving. It’s important to find a company that knows your state’s turf. Our partner, Virginia Green specializes in fertilization, weed control, and insect protection.


We covered 5 important tips for a successful, weed-free lawn in Richmond, VA in this post. If you think you need a helping hand to maintain your lawn, feel free to contact us through this link here to discuss a customized maintenance plan for you. We offer annual or monthly lawn and grounds maintenance services in the Greater Richmond area.

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