December 22, 2011
There are tons of different weeds found throughout the South and while you may very likely see a lot of these weeds over a lifetime you will see a handful of common lawn weeds in Georgia. These are the lawn weeds that will persist and push as much as the can to gain a spot in your lawn. You more than likely have tried to get rid of these pesky weeds only to have come back time after time.
This is the broadleaf weed that most people automatically picture in their minds when you say I’ve got weeds in my lawn. Plantain has large dark green leaves that sit close to the ground. This is a difficult weed to control because it will not only reproduce from seed but it will reproduce from segments of its root system (Rhizomes). You will want to control Plantain by pulling the mature plants making sure to get as much of the root system as possible or spraying with a good 2,3 or 4 way postemergent. Once you have got the mature plants put down a preemergent a couple of weeks before the weed seeds germinate.
This hard to control annual is one that can take over your lawn and beds quickly if you do not control it early and fast. The best way to control this weed is to pull the mature plants and apply a preemergent in the late fall to early spring to prevent seeds from sprouting up.
We all know this troublesome lawn weed a little all too well. If you slip on control of this weed for just a little bit, it will come back with a vengeance. The best way to control crabgrass is to prevent it. If however you already have established crabgrass you can spray it with a Glyphosate product to keep it from going to the seed stage and apply a good preemergent in the spring before the seeds start to germinate.
Spurge if able to get established will wreak havoc on your lawn if not controlled. Spurge is a low mat forming annual that puts out seed in prolific numbers. The best way to rid your lawn of this weed is to spray with a 3 or 4 way postemergent and use a preemergent to stop seed germination.
We all remember being kids finding a stem with a little white puffy ball and blowing it until all the puff was gone. Little did we know that what we were actually doing was blowing dandelion weed seeds all over the place. Now as adults trying to get rid of this lawn weed is a lot less fun. This is because the weed reproduces two ways: by seed and by root fragments. The best way to get rid of this weed is spray it with postemergent and preemergents at their appropriate times. If you still see dandelion coming up after using the preemergent then try and spray them as soon as possible even multiple times in needed with a postemergent.
This grass resembling weed is a very hard to control lawn weed that only a few herbicides can control. The best way to get rid of this weed is to pull up the mature plants and as soon as you see new plants emerging pull them before they set tubers. This will eventually kill all the underground tubers and rid your lawn of this weed.
This common broadleaf weed can be a troublesome weed that will spread quickly if not gotten under control. To control this weed apply a preemergent at the indicated time on the chemical label.
This common weed likes to produce seed and lots of it. If you are not careful it this seed crazy weed will have your yard full of more than just chickweed. Insects and other pests and diseases love to make home in this weed and invade your lawn in the process. To get rid of these weeds apply multiple applications of each when the label says to.
This lawn weed is one that can spread easily and fast to take up any bare or weak spots in your lawn if you are not careful. The above ground root system of this plant makes it very easy for the ivy to root to any part of the ground that it chooses. This makes it very hard to get rid of and to control. Pulling this weed is sometimes effective if the ground is moist and soft. Some postemergents will control this weed if applied in the spring and fall.
There are many types of clover but most of them will all tell you the same thing. You need more Nitrogen in your soil. This is good news for you because most of the time spraying with a postemergent and adding a fertilization program like the one Georgia Lawn provides will get rid of this common lawn weed.
As always the best way to control weeds is to prevent them and a good way to do that is to have a good stand of turf grass in your lawn. Providing your lawn with the right amount of water, fertilization program, weed control program and mowing schedule will give you the best chance at fighting lawn weeds. If you would like for Georgia Lawn to get rid of these common lawn weeds in Georgia then sign up for one of our free lawn analysis quotes.
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