Remove the weeds from your lawn, for good.
You work hard on your lawn, so the last thing you want to see are weeds threatening its health. Part of the problem is that it can be difficult to tell the difference between weeds and harmless flowers or plants at your home or business in Eastern Nebraska. Here are five of the most common weeds that damage lawns:
- Bluegrass: Also called annual bluegrass, this weed comes around once a year. It typically germinates in the late summer. It stands out in all turfs except fescue lawns for its wide growth and seed heads at the top of each plant. Bluegrass is most common in lawns that have been overwatered and where soil drains poorly.
- Broadleaf: Broadleaf tends to show up on thinning lawns with compacted soil. It tolerates droughts well, but grows rapidly in overwatered soil. This weed resembles cabbage with milkweed plants attached to it.
- Chickweed: This weed thrives in moist, fertile, and shady soil. It is most prevalent in lawns with poor drainage and bald or thinning patches. Chickweed looks similar to a patch of wild clovers.
- Crabgrass: The leaves of crabgrass form a tight circle like a crab, which is how it got its name. It’s an annual weed that typically appears in bare or weak areas of a lawn. Crabgrass thrives with both underwatering and overwatering.
- Dandelion: A dandelion has a long taproot and a yellow head. This weed can reproduce quickly in windy conditions that blow its seeds from one area of your lawn to another. Preventing the growth of dandelions in the first place is your best defense.