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Cool Season Weeds

Virginia is for (snow) lovers! And Cupid apparently got the message; this week he’ll be drawing his bow and aiming his arrows at us.  However, instead of bringing love and kindness to all of us this St. Valentine’s Day, he’ll be striking us with more snow and ice.  And while Kane Landscapes working diligently to assist you with your snow removal needs, we are also preparing to service your lawns and landscapes this Spring.

In just – I hope – a few short weeks, you’ll start seeing Kane Landscapes’ crews cleaning and edging landscape beds.  You’ll also start seeing our lawn care crews inspecting your overall landscapes and applying treatments to your lawns.  Although there are many different cool season weeds our certified technicians are trained to identify and treat accordingly, there are three weeds we commonly see in most lawns this time of year.

Bittercress (Cardamine hirsute) is probably the most visible weed we see in lawns during the cooler months.  It’s generally very easy to identify by its clump structure and opposite small, broad leaves.  It flowers in the early Spring and is sometimes mistaken for a small wildflower.

While bittercress is probably the most visible cool season weed, chickweed is probably the most prevalent.  Common chickweed (Stellaria media) and mouse ear chickweed (Cerastium vulgatum) are both very similar in appearance.  They both have star shaped leaf groups and five-petal white flowers.  However, mouse ear chickweed’s leaves are large and hairy whereas the common chickweed’s leaves are small and smooth.

Common chickweed



Mouse ear chickweed


The other most common cool season weed we see is henbit deadnettle (Lamium amplexicaule). This weed is fairly small, although many individual plants often form a mat-like appearance.  The individual stalks have an almost tiered look.  The plant has reddish-purple flowers that blossom in the very early Spring.

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