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Early Spring means …. Weeds! What to do

Are you seeing a sea of yellow instead of a green lawn or are other weeds already getting under your skin?

Weeds this year have come much earlier than we are used to. Much of this is because of the late winter and early spring with warm weather followed by late March moisture. The stress to the yards from this weather pattern prevented the yards from choking out weeds while giving the weeds the needed moisture to kick start a massive early growth.

Pre-emergent barriers applied now can cut down on annual weeds such as spurge and crabgrass. Even as we fight these weeds, a new crop of other weeds is also starting to show: the winter annuals.

Winter annual weeds are the most overlooked type of weeds. These germinate in fall, spend winter as young vegetative plants, then shift into prime-growth mode as soon as the weather warms in spring. Depending on the weather, some of these continue to grow slowly even in December, January and February.  Last winter, because of the dry conditions, some weeds didn’t even stop growing at all.  Winter annual weeds die off when hot weather arrives, but not before dropping new seed that sits dormant in summer and germinates when weather cools.  Examples of weeds that sprout in fall include; Henbit, Dead Nettle, Common Chickweed, Prickly Lettuce, annual Bluegrass, Cheatgrass, Wild Mustard, Corn Speedwell, Horseweed, Shepherd’s Purse and annual Sow Thistle.  Fall sprouting weeds get started as early as late summer and continue to germinate from early fall more or less until Thanksgiving.  Some of these weeds can be targeted now before they go to seed and create a new crop for later this season.

The professionals at Mountain High can help get control of these weeds. Now is the time to get control of the weeds before they seed and cause a new round of weeds to plague the summer months when yards should be enjoyed.