If your landscape seems overrun by weeds, you’re not alone.

A wet and warm spring helped germinate more weeds than normal, and those who didn’t get a jump on them early are paying the price now that the heat of summer is here.

“It seems like no matter where you look in the landscape, there are weeds,” said John Fech, an arborist and horticulturist with the University of Nebraska Extension. “Fortunately, there are several effective methods of control, including mulching, herbicides and good old-fashioned hoeing.”

The World-Herald asked Fech for advice on taming a home landscape rife with weeds. The bottom line: Pull as many as you can, then lay down mulch and spot-pull the rest. Herbicides are most effective in the fall, not the summer.

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Here are some tips to help you get a grip on your weeds:

Pick a site that’s most important to you: Treat your priority areas first and pace yourself in the warm weather.

Aim to remove 80% of your weeds before mulching: Start by hoeing and hand-pulling.

Lay down about an inch of wood chip mulch: That will suppress many of the remaining weeds.

Hand-pull subsequent blooms: They’ll be much easier to remove from mulch than soil.

Consider herbicide, but temper your expectations: In the heat, herbicides are less effective and can damage lawns quicker, but they aren’t entirely ineffective.

Read the ingredients label: Look for Fluazifop to treat grassy weeds and Trifluralin or DCPA to treat broadleaf weeds.

Apply herbicide on cool days: Fech recommends treating when the temperature is below 85 degrees.

Make a plan to treat perennial weeds in the fall: Try to treat them once in late September and again in mid-October.

Next spring, tackle weeds in late April: Hand-pull or treat weeds with an herbicide before Mother’s Day to get a better jump-start on weed control.

Leave a few flowering weeds for the pollinators: Clover and dandelion, in particular, help attract and sustain pollinators, ultimately strengthening your garden or landscape. Fech advised striving for 80% weed removal and leaving a few blooms for the bees.

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