Weed Control in Regina: Tips for All Seasons

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Managing weeds in Regina is like playing a never-ending game of Whack-A-Mole, with each season swinging its own mallet. From Spring's sprouting surprises to Fall’s sneaky survivors, knowing how to manage these invaders year-round is essential. Today, we’ll share season-specific strategies for maintaining your lawn's charm no matter the weather. So, let's get started.

Spring Weed Control

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Spring in Regina is the time when your garden starts blooming, but it’s also the time when weeds pop their heads out. Here’s how to keep your garden tidy this spring:

Early Identification

The early bird gets the worm, or in this case, the early gardener spots the weed! Knowing what you’re dealing with is half the battle.

Familiarise yourself with common spring weeds in Regina, like dandelions, chickweed, and clover. These usual suspects start sprouting as soon as the soil warms, so keeping an eye out early can help you nip the problem in the bud.


Applying a layer of mulch in your garden beds helps suppress weeds by blocking out the light they need to grow. It also adds a layer of complexity for any weed seeds trying to reach the soil.

Besides its weed-fighting prowess, mulch helps retain soil moisture, which benefits your plants during those dryer spells in spring and early summer.

Proper Watering Techniques

Water is life, but it’s all about how you deliver it. Overwatering can encourage weed growth just as much as it helps your plants. The key here is to water deeply but infrequently, which encourages your plants to develop deeper root systems while leaving surface-level weed seeds high and dry. We recommend 2–3 cm of water every 7–10 days.

Aim for early morning watering, too. This reduces evaporation and prevents water from sitting on the leaves overnight, which can lead to disease.

Summer Weed Control

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Summer in Regina brings long days, warm weather, and, unfortunately, the vigorous growth of weeds. Here are some effective strategies to keep those persistent weeds under control:

Regular Inspections

Schedule weekly walk-throughs of your lawn and garden to scout for new weed growth. Catching them early can prevent them from setting seed and spreading throughout your green space.

These inspections also give you a chance to monitor the health of your plants, making sure they’re not being outcompeted.

Post-Emergent Herbicides

Post-emergent herbicides are a game changer for weed management. These herbicides are designed to tackle weeds that are already actively growing and visible. Choosing the right herbicide depends on the type of weeds you have. Broadleaf herbicides are great for dandelions and clover, whereas others might be needed for grass-like weeds.

Cultivation Practices

During summer's peak growth periods, cultivation practices such as hoeing and hand-pulling become especially effective. These methods can disrupt the weed’s growth and remove it before it can flower and seed.

For the hand-pulling method, moisten the soil to make sure you remove the entire root system, preventing regrowth. Hoeing can be used to sever weeds from their roots; just make sure you do this on a sunny day so the uprooted weeds break off quickly.

Maintaining a Healthy Lawn

A thick, well-maintained lawn is one of the best defences against weed invasion. To ensure healthy grass, it is key to mowing at the appropriate height—not removing more than one-third of the grass blade length at a time.

This practice encourages stronger roots and less space for weeds to establish. Additionally, consider overseeding your lawn to fill in thin patches where weeds might settle. Regular feeding and aeration can also improve soil condition and grass health, making it harder for weeds to compete.

Fall Weed Control

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Fall is an ideal time to start preparing your lawn and garden for a healthier spring. Here’s how you can take advantage of this cooler season:

Herbicide Applications

Fall is the perfect time to apply herbicides for several reasons. Many weeds are in the energy-storing phase as they prepare for winter, meaning they absorb everything, including herbicides, more effectively.

Targeting late-germinating weeds like dandelion and plantain during this time can be particularly effective. Apply a selective herbicide that targets broadleaf weeds without damaging your grass or plants. This strategic timing can drastically reduce the weed population you’ll face when spring arrives.

Lawn Aeration and Overseeding

Compacted soil can be a breeding ground for weeds. Aerating your lawn in the fall helps break up the soil, improve water absorption, and enhance oxygen flow to grass roots.

Following up aeration with overseeding is like adding an extra layer of armour against weeds. The new grass seeds will fill in thin spots in the turf, which are notorious for being prime real estate for weeds.

By strengthening your lawn’s density before winter, you’re setting up a barrier against weed invasion in the spring.

Cleanup Routines

Clear fallen leaves and plant debris from your garden and lawn areas regularly. These can shelter weeds and pests over the winter. Regularly raking and removing organic debris will minimize the habitats weeds need to survive the colder months.

Pay particular attention to borders and hard-to-reach areas where debris tends to collect. After cleaning, consider mulching your garden beds.

Winter Weed Control

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This is when you take a break from all those garden chores. That being said, there are a few opportunities to plan and prepare for the upcoming spring:

  • Plan your lawn layout, deciding on plant placement that can naturally help suppress weeds by shading the soil.
  • Then, there’s your gardening tools. Clean, sharpen, and repair tools such as hoes, trowels, and weed pullers. Properly maintained tools will make your job easier come spring.

Year-Round Weed Control Strategies for Regina

Here are some key practices to consider:

  • Avoid Weedy Plants. Understanding the types of weeds, including their life cycles (annual, biennial, or perennial), is crucial for effective control. Don’t introduce weedy species into your garden through ornamentals. Plants like purple loosestrife, ox-eye daisy, scentless chamomile, creeping bellflower, and toadflax can quickly become invasive, complicating weed management efforts.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM is a holistic approach that combines different management strategies to minimize weed and pest damage in an environmentally safe manner. IPM involves several steps: identifying weed species correctly, understanding their life cycles, and choosing the most effective, least harmful control methods. This might include a combination of mechanical removal, use of herbicides, and cultural techniques like crop rotation or altering irrigation practices.
  • Regular Monitoring and Assessment. Inspecting your lawn allows you to catch new weed infestations before they become established. It’s best if this is as much a part of your lawn care as watering or pruning.
  • Professional Weed Control. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you might face weed infestations that are too tough or time-consuming to tackle. It’s best to call in professionals like our GreenKeepers when that happens.

Our GreenKeepers have expertise in handling stubborn or complex weed problems and can offer customized, effective, and sustainable solutions.

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Effective weed control is all about commitment, tailored strategies, and a bit of elbow grease. And there’s no shame in accepting that it’s too much work. At Green Drop, we stand ready with comprehensive lawn care services to assist you in Regina.

Our GreenKeepers are equipped to help you maintain a lush, weed-free lawn that's the envy of the neighbourhood.

Book your weed control service here or request an estimate to enjoy the beauty of a well-kept lawn all year round. We provide weed control services not only in Regina but also in Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, and Saskatoon.

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