Broadleaf Weeds Call for Fall Weed Control
- November 25, 2019
Cooler air, shorter days and longer nights. The sights and sounds of fall are in the air. While we may think it’s time to relax and forget about lawn care, quite the opposite is true. Fall weeds are just beginning to arrive and take over your landscape. Here In Texas, there are two main types of weeds: broadleaf and grassy. In late summer and fall, broadleaf weeds germinate. That’s where fall weed control comes in.
These weeds remain semi-dormant throughout the winter and then flower in spring. They are tough plants that grow mostly around free areas in a lawn, garden, or yard. Broadleaf weeds come in a variety of shapes. They can be perennials or annuals, have large flowers or clusters of smaller ones, and grow from seeds or rhizomes. The first step in fall weed control is identification. To help you identify them better, below is a list of the most common broadleaf weeds you may discover on your lawns this fall.
Most people recognize the dandelion. Their bright, yellow color stands out on a green lawn. You probably remember picking one as a kid, blowing the seeds and watching them dissipate. Unfortunately, this tends to create more dandelions as the seeds then spread out and take root throughout your lawn.
The rounded leaves of henbit are characterized by notched edges. The stems are weak and become unstable as the plant grows taller. It is purple at the very top of the plant.
Named chickweed because it is the favorite food of chickens, it is an annual broadleaf, and it germinates in the fall. It grows during the winter, produces seeds, and usually dies by the summer. Chickweed grows to about 8 inches high, and they always grow in pairs, directly opposite each other on the stem. It has hair covering the entire length. The flowers are small, about 1/8 inch across, and are white with five petals, giving them a star shape.
Thistle has a rapid growth rate and can get very tall, taking up large spaces on your lawn. When it’s young, it resembles a dandelion except that it’s purple. They also have hairy, jagged edges. Thistle is a huge attraction for butterflies and other insects.
Broadleaf weeds can be problematic during the fall when warmer weather hits, as this promotes rapid growth and flowering. Hand-pulling these weeds can be effective in removing these undesirable weeds, but that’s pretty time-consuming and too much fun.
The best weed control comes down to maintaining a healthy lawn. A healthy lawn is a weed-free lawn. During the growing season, your yard must be well fertilized, mowed at the right height, and obtain enough water consistently. So, during the winter, your lawn will be stronger and healthier, taking away easy opportunities for weeds.
Because weeds are resilient, maintaining a healthy lawn may not be enough. We recommend taking appropriate measures to manage winter weeds. Choice Home and Commercial will apply a pre-emergent weed control herbicide at the right time and in the right amount. Book an appointment with one of our lawn care specialists, and we’ll assess your property’s green spaces and create a comprehensive treatment plan that is right for you or call us at 713-227-7200.