Summer is almost here. School is out. Tiki torches and bonfires are being lit. And summer weeds are popping up. Weeds are probably not the first things that come to mind when thinking about summer, in fact they probably don’t come to mind at all! But for the team here at Kane Landscapes, identifying and properly treating summer weeds is a priority in order to keep your turf looking its best through the entire warm season and beyond. Over the next several weeks, I’ll tell you about some of the most common summer weeds we observe in our neighborhoods.
When most people think of weeds they see in the warm season, they usually think of crabgrass. Everyone knows crabgrass when they see it. Crabgrass can certainly become and issue and, if left unchecked, will turn an otherwise nice lawn into an eyesore.
A weed that looks very similar to crabgrass is called goosegrass. Goosegrass is identifiable by the long, prostrate blades. Both crabgrass and goosegrass are easily treated and suppressed.
White clover is another one of those weeds that many people already know. It usually appears in roughly circular patches between 12in and 6ft in diameter. Each clover patch has stems with 3 leaves and a few, small white flowers. Although each patch is easily treated and suppressed, it is difficult to keep clover from popping up elsewhere on a lawn.
Oxalis looks quite similar to clover in that it has stems with three green, or purplish, leaves each. The leaves are heart shaped and its flowers are generally yellow and petite. This weed is fairly easy to control, especially compared to clover.
Well, that’s it for now. Check back soon to learn more about the weeds of summer.
By: Bobby Gordon, Lawn Care Technician