Perennial sedge that forms dense colonies.
Broadleaf annual (responsible for hay fever) with shallow, fibrous roots.
If one or two weeds are found they can be easily plucked out using regular gardening tools. But a ground ivy infected lawn needs high mowing and deep, infrequent watering. Make sure you cut them out during the summers, while their growth is stalled or very less. You should also make use of lawn fertilizers to encourage thick growth of grass.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t own an attractive lawn. If you get to know about what types of weeds you’re dealing with, you can easily keep them at bay and make your lawn look nearly weed-free. If you have already spent some time looking for weeds in your yard, you have probably noticed that all weeds aren’t the same. Some might look like simple normal green plants, while others grow like creepers or blades of grass.
Regulate feeding your lawn to populate the grass and water the lawn more often. Mowing the grass to some greater heights will shade the oxalis and render its energy harvest from the sun. You can also make use of fertilizers and weed killers to get rid of this weed during the spring.
This biennial weed is native to the Mediterranean region and has a deep tap root system containing a thick milky sap or latex. They often clog gardening or farming tools and might also sicken cattle. They have altering leaves that clasps the stem and can grow upto 5 feet in height. They sport yellow blossoms during the late spring to mid-summer and each flower will have about 20 seeds in them. They can spread inside the grass and their sharp edges will be pretty painful if stepped on.
Thistles are major invaders of agricultural lands and 22 U.S. states have declared them to be noxious weeds. These perennial weeds have soft, dark-greened, spear shaped leaves that has barbed ends with sharp spines. They produce clusters of purple colored flowers and if allowed to seed, the flowers will disperse seeds at maturity.
Herbicides are not usually an effective way to control slender rush.
Wild onion and wild garlic also become noticeable as they grow faster than regular grass and quickly surpass the height of your lawn.
Thankfully, these weeds that resemble grass tend to only grow in early spring and late fall, becoming dormant in the summer season.
It can also be spread throughout your lawn (or from a neighbor’s lawn) both by airborne seeds as well as underground rhizomes or tubers. It will continue to come back year after year unless you get it under control.
Finally, I’d suggest that it might be a good idea to get a blend of grass seed, with whatever you settle on as the primary seed. I’m in New England and my lawn is a mix of Perennial Ryegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, and a few different fescues. Getting a seed blend that’s made for your area will give you good results, and provide good coverage in different areas of your lawn (full sun, part shade, shade, wet, dry, etc.). I think that’s easier to maintain than having to baby a single type of grass on parts of your property where growing conditions might not be ideal. With a blend of seed you allow different grasses to become dominant where the conditions are best suited for them, and your whole lawn looks and feels healthier.
Sometimes referred to as quack grass, this is another invasive species that is hardy and can propagate quickly in your lawn via rhizomes as part of a complex and fibrous root system.
If you finish mowing and it smells like you’ve been making pasta sauce, there’s a good chance you have some wild onion and/or wild garlic hiding in your lawn.