weed controlTexas Weed Control

It’s springtime and the season for weeds is upon us. Since everything is bigger in Texas, it is safe to say we have the biggest weeds growing in Texas as well. 

Now, please do not be alarmed by the title of this blog. This article is about weeds growing on our lawn and landscapes and not tackling the other type of weed control. 

Today’s blog is going to be discussing everything weed control related such as:

  • Common Weeds in Texas
  • Why are weeds bad for my lawn?
  • How can I prevent weeds?
  • How do I get rid of my weeds?

So, let us start this blog, shall we?

What are some of the common weeds in Texas?

Like we mentioned earlier, everything is bigger in Texas. That includes the extensive list of weeds that are common to our great state. The weeds here in Texas are broken up into three categories

  1. Grassy Weeds
  2. Woody Weeds
  3. Broadleaf Weeds

Out of those three categories of weeds, here is a list of some of the more common weeds you will find in Texas: 

  • Sow-thistle
  • Hawksbeard
  • Bitterweed
  • Black Medick
  • Blue-eyed grass
  • Common Dayflower
  • Crow-Poison
  • Doveweed
  • Annual Sedge
  • Green Kyllinga
  • Purple Nutsedge
  • Yellow Nutsedge

As we said, that is a shortlist from a more extensive list of common weeds here in Texas. You can do even more research and find the complete list elsewhere. 

Now that you know some of the weeds that can form on your lawn or landscape, why are they so bad?

Why are weeds so bad for my lawn?

Weeds are considered plants, with no absolute necessity to them. They do not provide any nutrients, so the truth is there is no real need for them. Weeds grow rapidly and do nothing but annoy you and cause unlimited amounts of stress when it comes to getting rid of them. The primary function of weeds is that they purposely steal from the other forms of plant life on your lawn or landscape. Some of the things they purposely steal are: 

  • Nutrients
  • Sunlight
  • Water
  • Energy

Not only do weeds steal, but they also tend to be harmful and poisonous and can ultimately have an effect on your lawn, landscape, and possibly you. 

Their main form of damage is killing your lawn or landscape by not allowing it to remain or thrive. On top of that, weeds carry and play host to other lawn diseases as well as pests. That will add more damage and cause more problems for you and your lawn or landscape. Weeds have a short lifespan of just a few weeks but still will be able to kill your lawn or landscape over time, as they will just keep re-spawning if you do not get rid of them as soon as humanly possible.

How can I prevent weeds from forming on my lawn?

Two significant ways to try and prevent weeds from forming on your lawn are: 

  1. Preemergent applications
  2. Fertilizer

Preemergents are a type of weed killer, aka herbicide. Preemergents should be used before the weeds on your landscape have already formed. The idea is to act to prevent the weeds from developing. Some people tend to use preemergent applications when they first spot weeds on their property. This is the mistake made. You want to avoid the issue of weeds and not act on them when they arrive. 

Digging is often associated with letting weeds spawn and start to form on your property. This is why it is recommended that fruits, vegetables, or garden plant life be placed in pots to avoid digging. The less you dig, the less likely weeds will form. 

The second action you can take to avoid weeds is by fertilizing. Adding fertilizer is essential to your lawn, as it helps your lawn prevent and kill weeds while also keeping your grass resilient and robust during its peak seasons. Fertilizer also helps keep your entire property healthy and allows it its best opportunity to flourish. Fertilizer also works great when you have less space for spread due to thicker grass. 

How do I get rid of the weeds on my lawn?

Just like there are two ways to prevent weeds from forming, and there are two ways to get rid of them as well: 

  1. Post-emergent
  2. Manually

Post-emergents again are a form of herbicide. There are many options to choose from in terms of herbicide. It is highly suggested that you do your research because the type of herbicide right for your lawn is solely dependent upon your individual lawn and landscape. The most suggested herbicide to use is the organic form. This is because most herbicides are said to be dangerous and toxic to you, your family, and your pets. 

When it comes to the herbicide, make sure you do your due diligence in terms of research and choose a reliable brand to apply during the day when your pets and family can safely avoid it

Since herbicide is considered dangerous, the alternative and highly suggested first step in the removal process of weeds is for you to remove them manually. 

You want to hand pull the weeds out, root and all to prevent them from coming back. Pulling them up when you first see them and the attempt to avoid using herbicide is highly recommended. Of course, if you have a large lawn or landscape, or have a situation where you cannot manually remove them, call a professional for help! 

Hiring a professional to help rid your problem of weeds is highly recommended, mainly because professionals usually handle the required services to avoid or remove weeds.

So, what are you waiting for? Spring is here! Give us a call today! 

Marathon Lawn Care is the best choice for homeowners in the Austin, TX area. We also serve North Austin, Cedar Park, and Leander. In addition, we offer services to the following communities within the region:

  • Cat Hollow
  • Scofield Farms
  • Wells Branch
  • Anderson Mill West
  • Village at Anderson Mill
  • Mesa Park
  • Rattan Creek
  • Hunters Chase
  • Milwood
  • Northwood
  • Old Millwood

If you have any questions about our services or lawn care in general, feel free to give us a call or get in touch with us online today! Our customer service representatives will be happy to assist you.

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