When it comes to weeds, there are three different life cycles that occur when they grow in your lawn. Whether they be annual, biennial, or perennial, however, it is likely that these infiltrators of your lawn have caused you to become annoyed in the past and will continue to do so in the future. While annuals only live for one growing period, biennials live for two years and perennials can last longer than either of the other two types. While most people think that all weeds germinate in the spring season, this is not entirely true. Among the different life cycles, there are distinct times when germination occurs. In this post, we are going to discuss the weeds you are most likely to see in your lawn this spring and how you can get rid of them effectively. Continue reading below to learn more.
Common Winter Annual Weeds of Spring
The first weeds you are likely to see sprout up this spring will be winter annual weeds. Since the germination process of these weeds begins in the fall, they are beyond ready to emerge once warm weather arrives. While it might seem absurd that these weeds can survive through freezing temperatures, they indeed can, and they do so with vigor.
Once the snow melts and the ground begins to warm, the plant will start to bolt. At this time, the plant will begin to produce seeds so that it can perpetuate its species. Once this occurs, these plants will begin to die off as they have served their purpose.
While it may seem like this problem has resolved itself at this point, it is important that you realize that the seeds that have been created are still present in your lawn and will wait to germinate in the coming fall. This is why spraying for weeds in the spring is incredibly important. If you want to know more about the weeds that fall into this category, check out the following descriptions.
As a member of the mint family, henbit weeds have square stems with opposite leaves. This weed also will sprout pinkish purple flowers and will grow about 6 inches high. While henbit is more common in the Midwest, it isn’t entirely out of the question that you would find them in your Spokane lawn.
With a shallow fibrous root that grows well in shady and moist areas, it’s no surprise that common chickweed would grow in Washington state. This weed has five petals that are split almost to the base, as well as small white flowers. The leaves will be easy to spot as they are most often very bright green in color and about ½ inch long with sharply pointed edges.
This weed is quite ambitious, growing anywhere from 3 to 18 inches tall. The lobs on the leaves point straight out from the mid-vein of the plant with the seed pods growing in the shape of a heart. These pods can hold hundreds of seeds until they are ready to release them.
Catchweed bedstraw has square stems that have small hooks on them. Also likely to grow in moist and shady areas, the hooked spines help the weed to cling to anything and everything they come into contact with. This weed actually used to be used as mattress filling in the past.
The best way to identify this weed is by looking for it’s distinguishing feature. These are deeply lobed leaves that have a row of spines that are extremely prominent on the underside of the mid-vein of the weed.
Preventing Weeds This Spring
If you want to make sure that your entire lawn isn’t overrun with weeds this spring, it’s time to come up with a plan of action. It is our opinion, at Impeccable Landscapes in Spokane, that you should save your time and energy and hire a professional lawn care company to take care of the weeds for you. Our team of expert lawn care technicians knows precisely how to do this. If you want to enjoy the coming warm seasons, contact Impeccable Landscapes today to learn more about our weed spraying services. We would be happy to give you all the information you are seeking.