Florida Lawns: Weeds in Spring
Spring is in the air and you know what that means…everything blooms a new; this includes weeds. Weeds can be described as any plant that you don’t want to grow in a certain area. This can even mean another type of grass-other than what already grows- sprouting up in your lawn. For most homeowners there are a couple common weeds that are unappealing for a front lawn. Luckily some of them can also shed some insight into the health of your turf. Below is a list of common weeds our technicians see around this time in lawns.
Common Weeds In the Springtime
Like in any season certain weeds spring up this time of year. Below we have a list of the most common weeds and their names.
Looking for more information? Here are two from one of our trusted source for training and information: WEED GUIDE http://rcrec-ona.ifas.ufl.edu/weed-identification/ and INFO https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/lawn-and-garden/florida-weeds/.
How do I kill them?
Well, if you have any of the above foliage growing in your yard you have a few options on how to get rid of them. If you are a gardening person you could always pull out the whole plant and root. Once you remove the root the plant shouldn’t regrown unless a seed has already hit the soil. Even if it grows back you can still just tend your lawn and periodically pull out any sprouting plants you see.
Another option you have is trying to treat the weeds yourself. There are many different chemicals you can use and this is where you may have a problem. Some herbicides don’t work or may be dangerous to handle. They may even be harmful to you or your pets. That is why we recommend calling a pest control expert to exterminate weeds using proven quality products. The products that business, like Seabreeze, use are only available to trained professionals to make sure the application process is safe for everyone and they can inform you of any special instructions you need to follow.
Can I prevent them?
Weeds come and go from season to season but some are so stubborn they refuse to leave. Now YOU have to take measures to make sure they stay go and stay gone. The best way to prevent weeds is to have a lawn treatment program; preferably with year-round service that includes fertilizer, pest control, and of course weed control. You may not think you need fertilizer or pest control, but certain insects like chinch bugs destroy grass leaving more open area for weeds to grow. Fertilizer can help keep your lawn strong and thick to lessen the chances of weeds popping up.
If you don’t have a program in place, we would recommend figuring out one yourself or finding a company with proven results like Seabreeze. If you choose to DIY make sure you do plenty of research before mixing chemicals or fertilizers together. We would still insist on contacting a professional or you may damage your lawn unintentionally.
Whichever way you decide to manage your lawn experts will always be there to help. If you haven’t already check out the links for more information above.