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How to Manage Pests

The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Hand weeding

Controlling weeds by hand-pulling them may be all that is necessary if you practice regular and proper maintenance procedures. Hand-weeding is particularly important to prevent infestations of the following weeds because they are difficult to manage once they have invaded.

Hand-weeding tips

Regularly removing weeds will greatly reduce the number of annual weeds in your lawn.

  • Remove weeds while they are still young and before they set seed.
  • Remove the entire weed, including the root, rhizome, or other underground plant parts such as tubers or bulbs.
  • Use a dandelion fork or a wide-bladed screwdriver to remove weeds with a thick taproot.
Using a dandelion fork to remove a weed


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