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How to Keep Your Neighbor’s Weeds Out of Your Lawn

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If you’ve been investing in keeping your lawn looking amazing and you see that your neighbor’s lawn is full of weeds, you might be stressing. You want to know how to stop a neighbor’s weeds from getting in your lawn so that you can keep your Cincinnati home looking its best.

We hear this a lot and understand it can be a tricky situation.

While there’s no single foolproof answer on how to control weeds from a neighbor’s yard, we do have some helpful suggestions.

Keep Your Lawn as Thick and Healthy as You Can

First and foremost, you need to focus on what you have the most control over—and that’s your own yard. You’ve heard us say it before, but it really applies here:

The best defense against weeds is a thick and healthy lawn.

The better shape that your lawn is in, the less likely that weeds will creep in. And, if you have a great lawn care program with effective weed control, then you can also have some peace of mind that any weeds that do make it through will be addressed.

lawn care technician inspecting grass thin area bare spots

It’s also important to know that a successful weed control program should also address soil health. A lot of people don’t realize that weed control starts beneath the surface with the soil.

If you want a lawn that defends against weeds, you need to have healthy soil.

Along with that, you also have to practice good cultural habits like proper watering and mowing. Aerating the lawn and overseeding in the fall will help aid in the thickness of the turf. These tasks also have a huge impact on the lawn’s health (and thickness), so it’s important that they are performed correctly.

lawn care technician aerates lawn

We know that you want to stop weeds from the neighbor’s yard and you don’t want any to creep in. But weeds will continue to try and find a way. The good news is that as you continue to do all the right things, you’ll minimize the problem as much as possible.

Create a Mulch Barrier

One way that you could protect your lawn from neighbor’s weeds is with a physical barrier. You can create a mulch bed with some plant material, separating your yard from your neighbor’s.

If weeds do creep into that plant bed, you’d be able to target them easily before they creep into your lawn.


While homeowners sometimes ask us about a fence, many weeds will just grow right under. Many weed types are spread by creeping roots. Oxalis is a good example. It’s a common weed in Ohio and it spreads by “creeping.” A fence is not going to be an effective barrier to these types of weeds.

Talk to your Neighbor about Solutions

We know that not everyone is on friendly terms with their neighbors. However, if you are, it’s not a bad idea to try to communicate your concerns.

A lot of times, homeowners’ concerns about using lawn care products boil down to environmental worries. But people don’t always realize that healthy lawns are actually good for the environment.

A healthy turf cleans the air by removing carbon dioxide, filtering dust, producing oxygen, preventing runoff, and filtering rainwater. This is a great opportunity to talk to your neighbor and possibly even refer them.

oasis turf and tree lawn care professional unloading ride on fertilizer spreader from van

When you refer a friend and they sign up, you save $25 and so do they! Plus, you’ll reap the benefit of having neighbors with healthy and thriving lawns like yours.

Of course, some homeowners just don’t care about the way their lawn looks, so they don’t feel like investing in lawn care.

In situations like these, we have had some of our clients ultimately pay to treat both their lawn and their neighbor’s lawn. While that doesn’t happen often, there have been some scenarios where our clients were just really serious about wanting to control weeds from the neighbor’s yard.

They also understand that when the neighbor’s lawn looks good, it affects their property value, too.

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You Can’t Choose Your Neighbors But You Can Choose Your Lawn Care Company

We understand your desire to protect your lawn from neighbor’s weeds. We also know that this can be a complicated and frustrating situation. While you can’t choose your neighbors, fortunately, you can choose your lawn care company.

It would certainly be nice to be surrounded by neighbors that care as much about their lawns as you do. But that can’t always be the case. While it’s hard not to be focused on what your neighbor’s lawn looks like, it’s important to try and keep the focus on your own property. If you have a lawn that is in top shape, it’s going to be able to naturally resist weeds from creeping in in the first place.

The best way to achieve a healthy and thriving lawn is with a comprehensive lawn care program that not only focuses on weed control but also on achieving healthy soil. When you do this, your lawn will do a lot of the heavy lifting of choking weeds out on its own.

At Oasis Turf & Tree, we’re here to help you achieve the thick and healthy lawn that you’re aiming for. We view our relationship with homeowners as a partnership. We know that by working together, we can achieve the best results.

Want to learn more about professional lawn care services for your Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio, or Northern Kentucky lawn? Request your quote, choose the lawn care program that’s right for you, and then sit back and relax as the pros help you get your lawn in great shape!

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