The persistent and annoying growth of weeds on the lawn and garden is certain to cause problems for the proud gardener and homeowner. A key issue to tackling the unsightly weed growth is how to identify them. By having a better understanding of the different types of weeds, it is possible to put in place the most-effective procedures to kill them and stop future growth. Here are four of the most common weeds to blot the appearance of the lawn:
A perennial like the Bermuda grass is one of the most difficult weeds to completely eliminate from the lawn and garden. It appears with textured leaves and is light green in color. Bermuda grass can quickly spread via rhizomes, stems, or seeds. If left to take hold, the type of weed can soon start to take over the entire lawn area. The most-effective option to fight this weed is using the pre-emergent solutions to stop the initial germination growth cycle. A regular application of a reliable herbicide is certain to help with keeping this perennial grass at bay.
The fast-growing crabgrass appears with green-blue leaves which from like a compact cluster and looks pretty much like a crab. It is one of the very tall-growing weeds, and therefore quite easy to notice if the lawn isn't mowed often. Crabgrass is kept to a minimum by giving proper care and attention to the lawn. A regular schedule of mowing, fertilizing, and watering is necessary to avoid the spread of this weed. Treat crabgrass with an appropriate herbicide, although the well established weeds can be pulled by hand.
Dallis grass is perennial grass and is a very difficult to control weed. This is a warm season grass that actively invades all grassy areas. It is light green in appearance and often needs to be pulled out individually to ensure the rhizomes and root structure is fully removed. Dallis grass is also treatable with the pre and post-emergence weed killers.
The Annual Bluegrass is bright green in appearance with seed heads that often resemble grains. A large cluster of Annual Bluegrass can give the lawn a very whitish appearance due to the light color of the weed heads. Mowing the lawn at regular intervals throughout the season should help to prevent the weeds reaching maturity and giving the white appearance. Apply a pre-emergence herbicide in late summer / early fall to try to control the growth of this type of winter grass.