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Lawn And Controlling Weeds

Lawn weed control is one of the most common and annoying problems today in a commercial or residential setting. People have been fighting weeds for years. One very simple solution is to develop a plan of controlling them throughout the year. Even in colder climates, where the ground freezes, you can develop a maintenance program that can help you stay on top of these unwelcome guests on your property.

Weeds will be the first to appear when the ground warms in the springtime. They will not only invade your gardens and landscape beds, but also your lawn.

Weeds In Garden And Lawn

When you make an outside investment, one of the most important things you can do is to learn and develop a maintenance program for weeds, pests, diseases and any other potential problem. It takes a commitment on your part whether you do the maintenance yourself, or hire someone to do this for you.

These are just a couple of different suggestions that may help you gain control over the weed population on your property. Preemergent herbicides are used to prevent the germination of many weed species, mostly annuals. They are often used in the early spring.

Post-emergent herbicides are directly applied to newly germinated or established weeds and do the best on broad leaf weeds and perennials. The post-emergent herbicides are broken down into two groups. One is contact, and the other is systemic. Contact kills the part of the plant it comes in contact with. Systemic herbicide which will break down and kill the entire plant.

These tips may be helpful to you in deciding which herbicide you need to use. When in doubt, always talk to a professional. Many herbicides are considered non-toxic to dogs and other domestic animals. Read the label warnings, especially if you have pets.

Below is a list of some of the most common ground cover weeds in a lawn.


  • Crabgrass - Digitaria ischaemem and Digitaria sanguinalis
    Both of these varieties are arrive in the summer months and are their texture is smooth and hairy.

    They develop in clumps and spread out on turf grass. A solution is to apply some preemergent herbicide in the spring.

    If you live in an area that grows Forsythia, when the Forsythia is in full bloom it's a good time to apply crabgrass herbicide.
  • Common Chickweed - Stellaria Media
    This is a cool season annual. This weed loves to grow throughout autumn into spring. Common Chickweed is low growing with branching stems that have yellow - green leaves and white star shaped flowers. Use a preemergent herbicide in fall and again in spring.
  • Dandelion - Taraxacum officinale - Perennial and leaves are broad and yellow flowers appear and develop into seed heads. This is one of the most annoying weeds in a landscape or lawn. Use a post-emergent herbicide when any Dandelion appears. Another option is to dig by hand as long as you get the mother or tap root out.
  • Black Medic - Medicago lupulina - An annual that spreads forming a dark green foliage that appears to be similar to clover. In the spring, tiny yellow flowers emerge and will result in black seeds. Black Medic is a common problem during dry periods. Apply a postemergent herbicide when the lawn or turf is not under stress.

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  • Ground Ivy - Glechoma hederacea - A perennial creeping plant that has round and scalloped edges. The stems are squared and purple flowers appear in the springtime. You can remove the Ivy by hand but you must get the tap root out. You can also apply a postemergent systemic herbicide when the Ivy appears.
  • Wild Garlic - Wild Onion - Allium species - A perennial that has narrow, tall, green stems that appear in early spring. Plants develop into clumps and will multiply by underground bulblets. Apply a postemergent systemic herbicide when you see these plants appear.
  • Red Sorrel - Rumex acetosella - This is a perennial plant that has an arrow-shaped, green leaves. In the late spring red to brown tone flowers appear. Each plant has a tap root and will quickly spread by the rhizomes. Red Sorrel is an evergreen in warm climate zones. Apply the postemergent systemic herbicide at the first sign of these plants.

These seven weeds represent some of the most common problems in a typical lawn today.

As a landscaper and designer I became certified in pest and weed control. It was a high priority to my crew, and it is so important to know as much as you can about any chemicals you are using. Take the time to research each chemical and know the effects it will have not only on your weeds and pests, but on the total outside environment.

Incorporate a maintenance program to ensure a healthy and happy outside environment at your home or business.


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