Weed Control

Weed Killers need to be applied at the proper time at the proper rates to achieve satisfactory weed management. It is important to target the chosen weeds with the correct herbicide. Also some weeds can be effectively controlled with herbicides while some cannot. We know the difference, and will inform you of alternative means of control. We use some herbicides that provide pre-emergent control and others that will kill existing weeds. We have two main target times to manage most weeds - in the spring and in the fall. Herbicides used in the spring can control emerging warm season weeds and those in the fall can help prevent cool season weeds that grow through the winter. High temperatures (over 80 degrees) prevent us from spraying some of the best herbicides because they can injure the lawn when used during hot weather.

While 100% control of weeds in a lawn is impossible, the majority of weeds can be kept to a minimum. Bringing weeds under control will take several seasons, due in part to the fact that fall and winter weeds are different from spring and summer weeds and herbicides can only be applied in the cooler part of the year.  During the heat of the summer, once temperatures exceed 85 degrees, no herbicides could be applied without damage to the turf.  So, please be patient; the weeds didn’t get there overnight and they won’t be killed overnight. We use the proper chemicals at the proper time. Accelerated use of chemicals might damage your lawn.

Description

Kidney Weed

Kidney–Weed Dichondra


Kidneyweed Dichondra is a low-growing perennial plant sometimes used as a groundcover but which also becomes weedy in some lawns. It occurs as a localized weed throughout California. . It spreads by creeping stolons and forms a dense mat. Leaves are kidney-shaped to nearly circular with rounded lobes at the base, 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches (0.6 - 3.7 cm) wide, and alternate along the trailing stem. They often form a shallow cup shape and are on stalks. Flowers are inconspicuous.

 

Dollar weed (Pennywort)


Pennywort, also called dollar weed, is a summer perennial weed. The leaves of pennywort are round in shape, approximately 1 inch in diameter. The dark green leaves are glossy, with scalloped edges and are on long slender petioles. The petiole of pennywort is attached to the center of the leaf, not to be confused with dichondra in which the petiole is attached to the edge of the kidney - shaped leaf.
The pennywort flower is small with 5 white petals and forms in clusters on the end of long stems. Pennywort spreads by seed and rhizomes.

 
  Canada Thistle - this is a creeping perennial
     
It is considered to be a noxious weed which is difficult to eradicate because of its extensive root system. When mowed in a lawn, it will not develop full height and flower. Canada thistle is invasive due to shoots from its root system. Pulling generally is not effective due to the tremendous reserves in the root system, and new shoots appear soon after pulling. Regular, persistent pulling may gradually starve the root system. Shoots should be pulled as they are noticed, since all shoots (leaves) are producing food reserve Chickweed
 
  Chickweed is a widespread, hardy annual often found in moist, fertile garden soil. In mild winter climates it begins blooming before winter ends. Edible, but not very tasty, chickweed plants form dense 3-inch-tall mats of foliage studded with starry white flowers. Control chickweed by pulling, which is easiest to do with the help of an old table fork.  Mulching over vacant garden space in winter will reduce chickweed problems.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Dandelion the old saying goes: "a weed is a plant out of place." Guess that makes sense when you consider that a dandelion is a weed on a home lawn, while grass is a weed on a dandelion farm!  Dandelion is a perennial weed with a strong taproot that can make itself at home almost anywhere. No lawn or garden can escape dandelion seeds that blow on the wind from spring to fall. Dandelion is never fully dormant, though it grows very little in winter. Young leaves gathered in spring are edible. Control dandelion in gardens by pulling plants with a dandelion weeder or digging them out. In lawns, brush scattered plants with a clove oil-based organic herbicide. Reduce reseeding by popping off the flowers before they develop seeds.

 


Two species of crabgrass are found throughout the semi-tropical and temperate zones of the U.S. – smooth crabgrass (Digitaria ischamum) and hairy crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis). Both are annual grasses that emerge in early to mid-spring and are killed by the first frost in fall. Crabgrass flowers throughout the summer and is a prolific seed producer. Crabgrass has one significant weakness in that the seed requires light to germinate. Consequently, a dense turf cover effectively resists invasion by crabgrass. But, anything that weakens the turf during the spring and summer, such as disease, insect damage, traffic or winterkill increases the likelihood of a crabgrass invasion. Often, cultural practices such as aeration and dethatching increase the crabgrass problem by exposing the seed to favorable conditions-sunlight, moisture and high temperature.







 

 

Yellow nutsedge is distinctive and relatively easy to identify. The stems are erect, triangular-shaped and yellow-green in color. The leaves are also yellow-green, wide (0.38 to 0.50 inch) bladed with a thick mid-vein and a very waxy covering. The shallow, fibrous root system often produces many nut-like tubers, which are underground food storage organs. Each of these tubers can germinate and produce new plants. Each new plant can also produce rhizomes which can give rise to additional new plants.

 

  Oxalis

Yellow wood sorrel is a common summer annual in cool-season turf. Yellow wood sorrel is one of the latest germinating summer annual weeds. Often, infestations of oxalis can be associated with spring-timed broadleaf weed control applications. The reason is that most spring-timed herbicide applications are applied before the oxalis has germinated. The result is that oxalis is perfectly suited to fill in all the voids left in your turf from where the broadleaf weeds were removed. Once established, oxalis can be difficult to control as summer conditions limit herbicide effectiveness.

 

 

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