How to Avoid 3 Common Texas Weeds
Weeds are a common lawn problem and each year thousands of dollars and man hours are expended on trying to eliminate them from our yards. Here are three common weeds that you will encounter all to0 often in Texas and some advice on how to help win the war against them without breaking the bank.
Plantain – Plantain is one of the hardy and prolific perennial weeds found in Texas. It is commonly found in fields, lawns, roadsides, and marginal areas throughout temperate areas and is common throughout Texas. It thrives even in dry, poor, compacted soil. The two types of plantains that are commonly found in lawns. There is narrow leaf or, buckhorn plant (P. lanceolata) and broadleaf plantain (Plantago major). These two perennial weeds are easily identified by their leaves. Buckhorn plantain has ribbed, lance-shaped leaves while Broadleaf plantains have smooth, oval leaves. The best way to prevent plantains in your lawn is to keep the soil aerated and healthy. Aerate compacted soil and follow a regular schedule of fertilization at least twice a year. Water the lawn deeply when there is less than an inch of rainfall in a week. Be careful to clean lawn equipment after mowing to avoid contaminating other areas of your yard.
Dandelions – Dandelions are a broadleaf perennial that can grow in any soil and are most numerous in full sunlight. In the early spring, new sprouts will emerge from the taproot, which can be 2 to 3 feet deep. They grow yellow flowers that mature and turn into white puffballs that contain seeds that spread with the wind throughout your yard and to other lawns. A thick lawn is the best method for preventing dandelions and other broadleaf weeds in the lawn. What makes getting rids of dandelions removal so difficult is their seeds ride the wind currents, and drop into the slightest opening in your lawn to propagate the species while they have a taproot up to 10″ long. Pulling the taproot as a means of removal is difficult as it is thick but brittle and easily fractures — and any fraction of the taproot that remains in the ground will regenerate. A post-emergence herbicide designed to take care of broad leaf weeds is ideal. Systemic weed-killer, like those made with glyphosate, should be applied directly to the weed you want to get rid of. Do not apply these products to your entire lawn. Glyphosate products kill all vegetation and should only be applied directly to the leaves of the dandelion.
Nutsedge – Nutsedge or nutgrass is technically not a grass, but it looks like one. It grows faster than regular turfgrass and sticks up like a bladed yellow weed. It can pop up both in garden beds and in the lawn. A distinguishing feature is the triangular stem. It’s a tough weed to control because it grows from tiny tubers, or nutlets, that form on roots that can grow 8-14 inches deep in the soil. You can help control nutsedge or nutgrass by changing the way you mow. Mowing your lawn at the proper height, which in most cases is one of the 2 highest settings on your mower, lets the grass crowd out nutsedge and other weeds. Mowing short stimulates nutsedge. Professional-use products such as Manage (halosulfuron) or Basagran (bentazon) provide the most satisfactory control and will not harm lawn grasses when used according to label directions. Apply Manage as soon as the weeds reach the three- to eight-leaf stage, prior to blooming. You may even have to apply it again the next year.
You may never completely rid your lawn of these weeds but carefully following these instructions will ensure that they are kept to a minimum. In the Dallas/Ft. Worth area if you need help in controlling weeds in your lawn contact Diamond Lawn Care.