When spring arrives, most people think about flowers blooming and trees finally getting buds back in place. Yet, spring also brings the blooming of weeds even when the grass receives a fall treatment. Unsightly weeds can be frustrating for property owners. The type of weeds present varies based on very local conditions. A few though, are quite commonly present in most areas of Pennsylvania.
Combating The Most Common Weeds in PA
Property owners may not always spot the early signs of weeds, especially if they blend in well with the surrounding grass. Here’s a look at some of the most common.
- Crabgrass: Crabgrass grows in numerous directions and is very difficult to control. It often comes up in clumps and spreads quickly throughout the lawn. It likes to develop in areas where there’s visible dirt, such as in areas where a trimmer may have scalped the grass. The use of a crabgrass preventer is the best treatment in early spring.
- Black Medic: This may look a bit like clover with its yellow flowers and heart-shaped leaves. The stem is longer, though. As these weeds mature in the summer months, a black seedpod forms, allowing it to spread quickly if left untreated. The best treatment for it is spot-treating the areas it’s growing in.
- Oxalis: This weed begins to grow in the spring months and thrives in the warmer weather of summer. It grows close to the ground and typically produces yellow flowers. It does well in both the sun and shade, making it a rather invasive plant. It can quickly take over lawns when not treated. Typically, to get rid of Oxalis, it’s necessary to spray with a broadleaf weed control after it emerges several times, to bring this weed under control.
- Ground ivy: Its creeping presence over the lawn begins, typically, in the spring months. Ground ivy has purple clusters of flowers that begin to show in spring. It spreads quickly. A broadleaf weed application often may bring it under control, but it can take years to completely remove it from many areas.
- Plantain: There are two forms that thrive by mid-summer if not treated in spring. It is a troublesome weed to treat, with long, broad leaves. It grows well in compacted soil, and its roots get deep within the lawn. Routine applications of a herbicide may be the best way to get rid of this weed.
Hire Professional Lawn Care Services to Get Rid of Weeds
Managing weeds isn’t always easy because there are various forms that require different treatments. Yet, a customized lawn treatment plan can address each one of those concerns and create an effective solution. GREENSKEEPER can help with that process. Our residential and commercial services are available to inspect your lawn so we can then develop a treatment to address any weeds that do pop up.
With over 50 years of experience, we’re confident in our service programs, including fertilizing, weed control, seeding, and core aeration. Let our team take a closer look at your lawn for you.
Learn more about our fertilization and weed treatment options. Call GREENSKEEPER at (215) 938-8440. You can also contact us using our online form and get a free no-obligation quote today.