What are weeds?
Weeds are plants that have undesirable characteristics and their negatives outweigh their benefits. They are the plants that we have not planted ourselves but have made themselves at home in our yards. Best described as competitive, persistent, and difficult to control, weeds can take over spaces they invade in the blink of an eye.
Some of the more common weeds that we regularly deal with in Texas include:
- Virginia Buttonweed
Are weeds dangerous?
Weeds are unwanted in our yards for many reasons, including their ability to attract stinging insects, reduce our wanted plants' viability, and act as resting spots for unwanted insects like mosquitoes.
Weeds are also well known for ruining the aesthetics of lawns and taking away your lawn's ability to gain nutrients from the soil and the sun's light. While weeds may not be a problem out in nature, when they find a way to our yards, they take over and become difficult to control and eliminate!
In addition to ruining the look of your yard, another issue with weeds is that many people are allergic to them. Weeds can cause skin allergies and symptoms like runny noses and eyes.
Why do I have a weed problem?
You have a problem with weeds because they can take over whatever space they end up in. Weeds grow fast, much faster than grass, using up the nutrients available in the soil. Things like bare spots and unfertilized grass may make a lawn more attractive to weeds.
Some other reasons weeds quickly become a problem in our Texas yards include:
- They produce massive amounts of seeds.
- Their seeds can remain dormant until environmental conditions are right for them to grow.
- Weeds grow and thrive, even when we have disturbed the ground.
Where will I find weeds?
You can and will find weeds almost anywhere. There is a weed for every location and environmental condition. If your yard is sunny, shady, dry, or wet, there is a weed that will grow.
- Dandelion grows best in sunny, moist areas.
- Dallisgrass grows best in wet areas like drain ditches, low lying areas, and in heavily irrigated yards.
- Virginia buttonweed is a deep-rooted weed that prefers very damp soil.
- Spurge grows in open, sunny areas and can tolerate dry soil.
How do I get rid of weeds?
Maintaining your lawn and keeping it free of weeds is easiest done with a professional's help. At Trees Hurt Too, Inc., we want to help you keep your lawn lush, healthy, and free of unsightly weeds. Using natural and organic products, our licensed plant health care professionals will help you eliminate weeds and maintain a healthy yard full of lush green grass. To learn more about weed control that won't hurt your trees, reach out to us today and speak with one of our helpful experts!
How can I prevent weeds in the future?
Limit the chances of your yard becoming overrun with weeds with the following prevention tips:
- Mow your lawn's grass to its ideal height.
- Keep your lawn well irrigated.
- Re-seed bare spots in your yard to prevent weeds from utilizing the space.
- Make sure to properly fertilize your grass, so it stays as healthy and dense as possible.
- Use mulch in garden areas to help deprive weeds of the sun they need to grow.
- Partner with a professional and take a proactive approach to weeds, stopping them before they take over your Texas yard!