You hear all the time that weeds are bad for your lawn but….why?
Some people do not mind the look of floral weeds such as dandelions, and that’s totally fine, everyone has their own preferences! Generally speaking, however, weeds provide little-no value to your lawn and in a competition for air, water, and nutrients, weeds can give your lawn a run for its money.
Due to the fast-spread nature of how weeds develop, they can leave your lawn prone to weakness and issues such as disease, infestation, and drought. Weeds can be very difficult to stop once the spread begins, especially perennial weeds which spread via seed and creeping roots and have the ability to reproduce if even a very small root is left behind.
Today we’re highlighting some of the worst weeds and the conditions that they grow in so that YOU can be on the lookout for these pests hiding in your lawn and take action before it gets worse.
1. Thistle Variations
Conditions Grown In: Almost any! Thistles are super variable, but they most often grow in disturbed ground such as ditch banks, overgrazed pastures, tilled fields or abandoned sites
Best Way to Treat: Glyphosate is often the most effective weed spray for thistle; you will want to apply this to cut stems an inch or two above the soil line
Best Time to Treat: Fall
2. Wild Violet
Conditions Grown In: Prefers cool, moist shady areas (will tolerate full sun)
Best Way to Treat: Multiple applications of broadleaf weed control products
Best Time to Treat: In the fall after the first frost
Conditions Grown In: Residential lawns, turf, hot dry conditions, and poor soil
Best Way to Treat: Pre-emergent products prior to germination, that you can apply to help prevent it from germinating
Best Time to Treat: Early Spring prior to crabgrass growth
4. Ground Ivy/Creeping Charlie/Creeping Jenny
Conditions Grown In: Moist, shady areas (can grow in the full sun)
Best Way to Treat: Multiple applications of weed killer
Best Time to Treat: Late Fall
5. Virginia Buttonweed
Conditions Grown In: Prefers moist, wet conditions
Best Way to Treat: Herbicide application
Best Time to Treat: The 2-leaf to flower stage of growth
If you are currently facing any issues with weeds on your property, have no fear, that’s what Skinner Lawns is here for! We pay proper attention to your lawn, treating it as if it’s our own. When we notice something is wrong, we act accordingly.
For more information about our services or for help getting your Jacksonville lawn treated, give us a call today: 904-720-2515!