#6: Weed Management – Know Your Enemy: Broadleaf, Grassy, and Sedge Weeds

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This is the 6th installment in “11 Ways to Ensure You Have the Greenest, Healthiest Lawn in Your Neighborhood which can be downloaded for FREE from our library of eBooks.

A weed is any plant (that’s not grass) that doesn’t belong in your yard. But knowing the specific type of weeds that are plaguing your yard can help you fight back. Once you figure out if you have broadleaf, grassy or sedge weeds, you can pick the best strategy for your yard. Knowing what weeds have infected your lawn in the past will also help you to plan the right weed management strategy for the future.

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Broadleaf weeds are usually the easiest to spot – and their name gives them away. They have broad leaves that are flat and wide. They aren’t closely related to grass at all, so they will look noticeably different. Many broadleaf weeds have showy flowers – like clover or dandelion.

Grassy weeds can be difficult to identify. Grassy weeds have hollow, rounded stems and only one seed leaf. Their joints (or “nodes”) are hard and closed. The leaf blades will be much longer than wide. In Florida, crabgrass and goosegrass are common grassy weeds. If you can’t identify these weeds, Larue Pest Management can help.

Sedge weeds have flower-bearing stems – but the “flowers” may look more like spiky burrs. The flowers (such as they are) will be extremely small and numerous. You will see them on top of the stem. Their stems are usually triangular; the leaves are arranged in groups of three. In that respect, it may look similar to normal grass.

Weed Maintenance

11 Ways to Ensure You Have the Greenest Healthiest Lawn in Your NeighborhoodKeep your lawn thick and healthy. Remember, weeds need empty space to flourish. A thick turf won’t allow weeds any room to grow. Healthy grass will keep the underlying soil in the shade, which prevents sunlight from reaching the weed seeds.

Look at the areas surrounding your yard. If there is a ditch or area filled with weeds, it may be the source of your problems. Extending your weed management to these areas may help. Always wash mowers or weed whackers that were used in a weed-infected area. These tools can spread seeds of the weeds throughout your yard. Also, be careful when disposing of yard clippings.

Research herbicides that are designed for your specific type of weed. Always be sure to follow the instructions exactly to the letter. These chemicals can be very dangerous when used incorrectly. The timing and application of herbicide must also be performed exactly as the instructions suggest, otherwise they may be ineffective.

If you need further help identifying your weeds or with weed management, you can contact us online or call us at (800) 314-8813. For Fort Myers lawn care, shrub care or lawn care that you can trust, Larue Pest Management is here for you!

– Keith