Most Common Weeds Of Atlanta And Ways To Rid Of Them
The most difficult challenge especially during warmer months in Atlanta would be to keep your lawn free of nature’s invasive plants or weeds. We cannot completely prevent weeds from sprouting in our beautiful lawns, but we can keep them from spreading.
You must be very quick to get rid of any weeds or they will take hold and spread. For this you should stay pro active and on top of your game. The best strategy would be to keep your lawn lush, healthy and green. Weeds tend to fear watered, mowed and fertilized turf and grow on bare patches in your lawn.
Here is a complete guide to common weeds that grow on sod forms in Atlanta and how to get rid of them.
This nasty weed begins to emerge as soon as the temperature gets warmer. If you have had problems with crabgrass in previous years and see it emerging again, just go for pre-emergent weed control treatment before the winter ends and temperature gets warmer. If left to its own ends without tending to it, crabgrass can grow to be 2 feet tall and although it dies during the first frost, its seeds can live under the soil for up to 3 years and re emerge as soon as conditions are favorable.
Chickweed is also common and prevalent in Atlanta. You can apply a pre-emergent weed killer from your local lawn and garden store in September and then a second application of a pro-emergent weed killer in Spring will further keep it from taking roots and spreading.
Another tip is to keep your grass cut to 4 inches or less and watering the lawn deeply and infrequently.
Nutsedge is the most prolific weed and its most difficult to get rid of as well. Nutsedge grows as deep as 12 inches in the soil and it’s next to impossible to simply pull it out of the ground. You can apply a pre-emergent weed control treatment, but that alone wouldn’t suffice. You will have to get a post-emergent weed control and a surfactant. Combine the post-emergent herbicide and surfactant in a hand sprayer bottle, making sure to take care of the amount of water to product needed and spray it on nutsedge.
Repeat the application of herbicide as indicated on the product label to completely eradicate nutsedge from your lawn.
You must keep an eye out for the wild lettuce and just pull out this nuisance from the ground when the soil is wet and dig down deep to get all the tap roots. Another option is to apply chemical control during the fall or spring. Mowing wild lettuce is never a good idea as the sap inside the wild lettuce can more than often damage the machinery.
Once again one cannot lay enough stress upon a healthy lawn in order to avoid and stop the onset of weeds! Make a practice of mulching around the plants and trees growing in your lawn to cover any and all bare ground where weeds might try to settle. Looking for the best sod for your lawn? Contact our experts at Atlanta Sod Farms and get your free quote.