The Damage Broadleaf Weeds Can Cause In Your Phoenix Lawn
February 15, 2021
Contrary to popular belief, “green” doesn’t always mean “healthy” on lawns. Taking a look over your property, how much of your grass do you think is weeds? 10%? 50% More? Many unhealthy lawns contain a higher density of weeds than healthy grass, so what should you be doing to stop weeds around your Phoenix property? Here is how to identify some common broadleaf weeds around our area, and some simple tricks to keep your lawn healthy.
What Are Broadleaf Weeds?
Two types of weeds infest lawns; broadleaf weeds and grassy weeds. Broadleaf weeds are easy to identify as they usually have wide leaves, grow parallel to the ground, sprout flowers, and have other notable features that stick out like a sore thumb. Grassy weeds, on the other hand, are harder to identify as they look similar to desirable grasses. To simplify things for you today, here are a few common broadleaf weeds that grow around Phoenix lawns, and how to identify each.
Chickweed: Chickweed is a budding species of weed that spreads slowly across lawns. Identify this grass-killer by its small leaves, smaller flowers, and how close it grows to the ground.
Clover: Clover grows in a variety of locations and can have three or four leaves. Clover species in our area grow pretty but life-sucking flower-like buds called thistles. These thistles are typically purple with several detachable pedals.
Dandelion: Dandelions are broadleaf weed flowers that go through a few stages of development and spread like wildfire through lawns. They start as a yellow flower, close, and then reopen as a sphere of soft white seed pods. These seedpods are scattered with wind and germinate throughout grassy areas.
The Biggest Problem With Weeds
Many problems come with having weeds in your yard. Not only do these invasive plants grow rapidly and take up large areas, but they are also unsightly and difficult to eliminate. Despite these serious issues, however, one problem stands out above the rest, and it is the fact that weeds kill plants. From ornate flowers to your lawns healthy grass, weeds are always looking for ways to take all of the nutrients and water for themselves. This often leaves landscaping with more leaves than actually healthy plant growth.
The Difficulties In Preventing Weeds
Properly killing weeds requires a tremendous amount of experience and expensive equipment to do right. This involves knowing which seasons different weeds need to be treated in, what products to use to have the best effect, and how to apply treatments to protect healthy grass and maximize effectiveness. If you attempt to handle weeds on your own, do so with caution as you might end up killing your lawn, and trust us when we tell you that planting a new lawn is harder than killing weeds.
Why Choose Complete Pest & Management For Your Lawns Needs
At Complete Pest & Management, we offer comprehensive services that handle broadleaf weeds and nurse lawns to perfect health. If your grass is being overshadowed and choked out by invasive plant species do not hesitate to get our team involved. We will implement the advanced treatments and lawn care strategies your landscaping needs to stay healthy and beautiful year-round.
Reach out to us today to learn more and schedule a service visit for your Phoenix lawn.