Bad Weeds

Ralph Waldo Emerson claimed a weed was “A plant whose virtues have not been discovered.” But when they grow in your lawn or garden, they can overpower the plants you are trying to grow. If a weed is strong enough it can cause overcrowding and depletion of the soil nutrients and moisture that would otherwise be available to your grass or garden plants. Thus a weed is a plant you don’t want growing in your lawn or garden, mostly because the plant’s undesirable qualities outweigh their good points. Here are a few:

New Strategy for Combating Crabgrass

Large and smooth crabgrass, a summer annual that germinates in the spring, is often considered to be the most problematic weed in turf. When soil temperatures reach a consistent 55 degrees, conditions are most favorable for germination. Crabgrass can continue to germinate throughout the summer until August. One square foot of crabgrass can produce at least 10,000 seeds.

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The dandelion is a common perennial broadleaf member of the daisy family with a thick, deeply penetrating taproot that is found in lawns and other open turfgrass areas. They grow directly from the crown of the plant with no stem, forming a rossette at the soil surface. It is distinguished by its yellow flower, hollow stem that secretes a milky juice when broken and tufted seeds.

When ‘Do It Yourself’ Turns Into ‘Now You Did It’

As homeowners, it is very common to want to do the chores around the house yourself. It is a great way to get outside, be active and take pride and ownership in the way your property looks. From weeding the landscape beds to trimming the shrubs, there are several tasks that homeowners can complete on a sunny Saturday without too much trouble while still being able to flex their green thumbs.

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Crabgrass is the most commonly found grassy weed in Michigan lawns. Crabgrass grows vigorously in full sunlight and high temperatures and will easily out compete cool-season grass under those conditions. The most notable areas in your turf would be along the driveway, sidewalks and rubber edging. Crabgrass is a summer annual. This plant has a life cycle of less than one year.

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