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Top 10 Weeds Youíll
By Sunny Sue (Copyright reserved )
Well, if you are like me you left the pre-emergent sitting
in the garage again, and lo and behold you donít understand why you have
all those weeds! Yea, yea yea, different year, same ol story. We decided
to put together a little top ten list and see if you can become a weed
Check out our website for pictures of these nuisances.
This horrible perennial weed is found just about everywhere.
Itís the one that produces those puffy looking seed heads we used to like
to play with when we were kids (no wonder I was always sneezing!) It also
has very long taproots that can grow several feet into the soil. Hand picking
is useless because of their long roots. Spot treating with a broadleaf
weed killer is the most effective control.
This bad boy perennial grows close to the ground and
its thick, oval-shaped, wavy leaves can actually crowd out your grass.
You can hand pick but make sure you get all of the root. A broadleaf weed
killer and spot treatment will usually take care of them.
This one comes in red and white. Imagine, some people
actually plant this stuff! What it will do in your lawn is actually crowd
out your grass. It attracts bees, and has leaves split into three round
leaflets. By the way, did you ever find one with four leaves? I think I
must have crawled for miles when I was a kid looking for four leaf clovers!
A granular weed killer in a drop spreader in spring and early fall will
take care of this little darling.
#4: Poison Ivy
Ugh! Donít we hate this one! This toughy has leaves split
into three leaflets, young leaves appear shiny and reddish. It turns green
as it matures, and you can see this one climbing just about anywhere. You
must use something specifically labeled for poison ivy. Donít hand pull,
unless you like those itchy little bumps all over you!
Not to be confused with the pretty little annual, this
devil can take over a flower bed or lawn in short order! Itís low growing
and looks like a mini succulent. It has small yellow flowers and can form
a dense mat. Hand dig it with a trowel, or use a broadleaf weed killer.
#6: Spotted spurge
Oh, the scurge of spurge! This is a low-grower with tiny
leaves that have a small purple spot in the middle of the leaf. It produces
small pink flowers in the summer, and can spread over an entire lawn. Hand
digging with a trowel or a broadleaf weed killer should take care of this
#7: Ragweed Aaaa
Chooo! You know what Iím talking about, donít ya! This
little jewel is actually part of the sunflower family. Youíll find it everywhere,
in gardens, in fields and along roadsides. Its got a hairy stem and an
inconspicuous flower. Hand pull this one before it flowers and sets seed!
This one will rapidly make a ďcrabĒ out of you! It grows
rapidly and in flat clumps. Its seeds sprout in early spring and it continues
to produce seed heads all summer. Take care of this one with a pre-emergent
in early spring or if itís actively growing a granular product specifically
labeled for grabgrass control.
#9: Wild Onion
Wasnít this the name of a rock band in the 70ís? Ok,
thatís another storyÖthis weed grows from bulbs that have an onion-like
odor. It grows in clumps and has slim, round, hollow leaves. It is usually
the first green growth in spring. Hand-dig and do your best at trying to
get out all the bulbs.
#10: Annual bluegrass
Also known as poa anna, this is a tough nut to
crack! It germinates in the fall, grows rapidly in early spring, crowding
desirable grasses. It can be found in large expanses in the lawn where
it forms short seed heads at the same level at which most lawns are mowed.
Look for a pre-emergent treatment to prevent the seeds from germinating,
and spread it in the fall.