April is a beautiful time of the year where your yard blooms with healthy turf grass, beds of flowers, and unfortunately, weeds. Every lawn has them, but that doesn’t mean you need to keep them around. In this blog post, we will talk about early spring lawn weeds, what to watch out for and most importantly, how to control them.
What to watch out for:
- Chickweed- It’s a cool-season plant that is native to Europe, but has naturalized in many parts of North America.
- White or Dutch Clover- This perennial is regarded to be the bad guy in most lawns and tends to grow where the soil is poor, lacking nitrogen.
- Hairy Bitterchrist- Most common after early spring rains, this weed thrives in moist and cool environments.
- Dandelion- A familiar face to spring and fall lawns, this perennial grows long taproots which makes them hard to get out of the ground.
How to control them:
- Chickweed- You can simply treat chickweed with a lawn weed control product. Check out examples of DIY products that you can treat this weed with.
- White or Dutch Clover- The best way to prevent clover is having a healthy lawn and laying down a thick bed of mulch. You can control clover by either pulling it out by hand or using a herbicide. For more information, check out this resource.
- Hairy Bitterchrist- This plant has a long, deep taproot that makes trying to pull it out very ineffective. The best control is with chemicals. Read more about this weed here.
- Dandelion- This weed is very tricky with its seeds being spread easily above ground through the wind and their long tap root which makes it hard for them to be pulled completely out of the ground. There are many solutions to this problematic weed including pulling out by hand and herbicide. Check out this step-by-step guide on removing dandelions from your lawn.
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