Lawn Weeds

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Lawn Weeds

Grass weeds are the unsightly plague that infests your lawn with no remorse ruining the uniformity of your grass. They are thieves of nutrients, water, and light. Your best defense is a proper lawn care maintenance program and some old fashion elbow grease. Common weed types include:

  • broadleafs
  • crabgrass
  • sedges

Weed Control

The easiest way to get started with weed control is to raise up your lawn mower to its highest or next highest setting and start mowing more frequently. Taller grass helps prevent seed germination from weeds and mowing more often never allows weeds to produce seeds. These are some of the quickest organic or natural weed controls available. The long-term weed control program is improving the health of your lawn with proper lawn maintenance practices because weeds try to seek out and further destroy weak and bare lawns.

Identify Lawn Weeds

You can divide weeds into certain groups which fortunately can often be controlled with the same methods. One of the first steps of weed control is lawn weed identification because it takes you closer to becoming an effective weed killer. The two largest categories of weeds are perennial and annual weeds. Perennial weeds must have an effective life of several years and an annual weed germinates and dies within the same year.

If organic weed control is not a priority, you can explore the uses of a pre-emergent herbicide. Herbicides kill germinating seeds in the soil for several weeks. This prevents the weed from ever growing, but not all weeds fall prey to this method and require more clever weed control techniques.

Top Ten Lawn Weeds

According to David Mellor in The Lawn Bible, the following are the top ten types of lawn weeds:

Targeting Common Lawn Weeds

There are times it can seem that the whole world is conspiring against your lawn. You not only have to worry about proper sunlight and watering, but you must closely monitor your fertilizer usage while at the same time looking out for telltale signs of fungal infections. If that weren’t enough, you also need to be able to identify weeds so that they can be removed or treated before they run rough shot over your beautifully manicured lawn. Your lawn weeds are in competition against your lawn for everything from water to sunlight to valuable nutrients that help them grow. Most major fertilizers today come with anti-fungal ingredients and weed neutralizing ingredients, as well, but you have to be able to identify what you are looking at before you can hope to kill it.

Mallow – Don’t let the cute name fool you, mallow can wreck your lawn before you know it. Mallow often escapes detection because it can grow underneath the grass and form a matte that is difficult to treat. Look for pink and white flowers that crop up in between blades of grass during the late summer months. Of course, like with all weeds, you’ll also notice yellowing or even patches of dead grass in the areas where the highest weed concentration is located.

Red Deadnettle – Just like mallow, red deadnettle can grow along the ground in a horizontal fashion and create a strong matte that gobbles up sunlight and nutrients from your grass, leaving it sick or even dead. You’ll notice purple or dark green leaves associated with this weed and pink flowers, as well. Since red deadnettle tends to grow so quickly, it is important that you treat this weed as soon as you detect it.

Henbit – Henbit often announces itself as an unwelcome guest in your lawn by the shape of its flowers. Often described as tubular, these pink and purple flowers grow around the individual blades of grass and choke the life out of your lawn like a boa constrictor. Some lawn owners don’t even realize that these beautiful little flowers are a weed until large patches of their lawn begin to die, and by then, it is often too late to do anything about it.

Ground Ivy – The good thing about ground ivy is that it makes no secret that it has invaded your yard. This growth is often quite pungent and is known to anyone who has been around it for more than a few seconds. The leaves of the ground ivy plant are veined, almost like leaves on a tree and the flowers are blue and purple. Run, don’t walk, to your local garden store if you catch the telltale musky smell of ground ivy in or around your lawn this season.

Dandelion – Many lawn owners think it is impossible to truly rid yourself of these colorful little yellow flowers, but the right combination of fertilizer and weeding can get the job done. The problem with dandelions is that they have a massive root system that can ingrain themselves in your lawn for years. Just because the flower is gone doesn’t mean the pest is.

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