MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (December 21, 2016) – Nothing is more frustrating than pulling weeds for hours, only to have them reappear shortly thereafter. We breathe a sigh of relief when fall arrives and we think our weed control duties are done for the season. However, winter requires different weed control and prevention methods that if left unattended, can become unruly and cause problems come spring. Here are the two most common winter weeds and how to control them:
This weed thrives in wet compacted soil areas. Aerating the soil to reduce compaction will allow excess moisture to move more freely through the soil. If you’re located in a region that receives snow, aerate one more time before it arrives. In a snow-free region like the South, reduce watering and fertilizer application to combat annual bluegrass.
Dandelions thrive in poorly maintained, thin areas of soil. To combat this weed deeply water the lawn once a week, rather than frequent watering, making sure that the roots receive enough water. Dandelions should be controlled immediately because once seeds dry out, they are scattered by the wind throughout the lawn. Hand-pulling this weed is possible, but unless the entire taproot is removed, the weed will continue to grow back.
If using an herbicide to assist with weed control, always remember to check the label to make sure that it is compatible with your species of grass. If used on the wrong grass types, it can kill the lawn or leave large dead spots.
Remember, controlling weeds before they germinate is always the best approach. By maintaining and monitoring weed growth and spread throughout winter will help save time and effort in the spring.
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