This plant will look very much like your own lawn when it first begins to sprout, but don’t be fooled. Its biggest giveaway is the tiny blue flowers it produces, which can bloom any time of year.
While not specifically harmful to your chosen turf grass, annual ryegrass only lasts up to two years. It will then die off, leaving unsightly yellow patches in your yard that need sod plugs or overseeding to remediate. It can be identified by its thin blades and rapid growth pattern.
This perennial grows in clumps that will continue to get larger until you stop it. Some weeds are simply opportunistic in their growth patterns, but dallisgrass will actually choke out your turf grass with its roots.
Ah yes, the stereotype of all weeds! These poor souls don’t actually cause any harm to adjacent plant life, but they are often seen as an eyesore and are disliked for their opportunistic growth habit.
Crow poison looks somewhat like wild onion with its tiny white flowers, but you can differentiate the two by noticing the lack of fragrance. Also known as false garlic, this pest is hardy enough to grown in all four seasons.
Nutsedge grows in clumps of v-shaped sprouts that resemble normal grass at first, but they tend to turn yellowish and grow much faster than common turf grass.
Dandelions bloom both perennially and biennially, producing yellow blossoms that soon turn to grey crowns of seed spores which children love to blow on. Dig them up by hand, or use a post-emergent herbicide that’s formulated specifically for broadleaf weeds.
To properly treat your weed problem, you must know what weeds you’re battling.
If you’re not sure that you’ve correctly identified the weed, then be sure to have a professional lawn care company come take a look for you.
Weeds are grouped based on their morphology, and there are three main groups that we need to concern ourselves with in the North Texas area. Broadleaf weeds are the first group, and they tend to be the easiest to spot in your yard. These weeds usually have leaf and flower growths that make them obvious to spot.
Why it’s important to identify weeds
One reason that identifying weeds is important is that herbicides used to remove weeds often work differently. Some are more effective for certain species of weeds or for specific groups of weeds.
In the Dallas/Fort Worth area, you’ll definitely want to keep a sharp eye out for the second weed group known as grassy weeds. These weeds can be tough to remove and tough to notice. Most grassy weeds tend to blend in well with grass, especially in mowed grass where their seed spikes that often adorn them are mowed down.
You’ll also want to know whether this problem weed is an annual or perennial plant. Annual plants germinate from seeds and die all in the same year. They only live for one season, so their root systems aren’t very established or complex. This means that they are easier to control and to remove than perennial plants.
When you notice an unsightly weed in your yard, your first thought is probably not, “Oh, I wonder what kind of weed that is?!” Your first thought probably had a few more expletives and groans involved. Well, you may want to rethink your approach because the sooner you identify the weed in your grass, the better off you’ll be.