We know a weed when we see it, but ever wonder what kind of weed? We list the most common weeds and what you can do about them.
+ This weed appears from mid-spring through summer when the ground is warm. It grows well under dry, hot conditions.
+ Crabgrass can take on a thick grass appearance and blend in with Kentucky Blue Grass.
+ Controlling crabgrass before it sets seed is important, because the seeds can remain viable for at least 3 years in soil.
+ Crabgrass thrives in compacted lawns, so aeration can help.
What can you do?: Mowing regularly is often all you need to prevent them from flowering and producing seed. Most experts recommend that you mow your lawn to a height of 2 to 4 inches and that you mow frequently enough to keep it within that range
+ Creeping Charlie is also known as “ground ivy”
+ This weed is an herbaceous perennial plant that enjoys moist and shady areas.
+ Can be identified by their bright green leaves with scalloped edges on creeping stems that root at the nodes.
+ Tends to form a dense mat over the ground.
What can you do?: Improve soil drainage or water less frequently to dry the soil, try to improve turf health and density to get weeds under control, mowing regularly, fertilizing and watering appropriately, and overseeding in the fall.
+ Not only do dandelions have seed that get blown around, but also reproduce vegetatively thanks to large tap roots. So unless you cut the root deep into the soil, the plant will reemerge.
+ You can try and pull dandelions, but thick and brittle taproot easily fractures and any fraction of the taproot that remains in the ground will regenerate. Due to this, pulling the weeds is usually not recommended.
What can you do?: A thick lawn is the best method for preventing dandelions and early fall is the best time to kill dandelions with herbicides.