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December 30, 2018 0 Comments

Five Winter Weeds to Beware of This Season

During wintertime in Sioux City, fertilizer isn’t much of a concern – but weed control is. Snow and rain, combined with overall cooler temperatures, create an environment in which certain weeds thrive. Jay-Lan Lawn Care, provider of some of the finest lawn care services in Iowa, looks at five winter weeds you should be wary of.

Annual Bluegrass

This weed isn’t just common in Iowa and the Midwest, it also promulgates nationwide. Of particular concern for golf courses, annual bluegrass is also a pain for businesses and homeowners concerned with lawn care. Characteristics of this weed include boat-shaped leaf tips (which curve up like a boat’s bow), an upright stature, and a height of 3 inches – 12 inches. Annual bluegrass germinates when the mercury drops below 70 degrees, and continues doing so all winter long. Typical seed production is 100 seeds in eight weeks.


Oft found in clearings, under trees, in thickets, and in moist, shady areas, bedstraw is a winter annual with square stems that have short, downward-pointing hooks on the corners. Bedstraw also stands out for its coarse, hairy leaves, its small white flowers, and its hooked spines, which are clingy and hard to remove. At one time, bedstraw’s clinginess was useful for mitigating matting when the weed was used as mattress filling, but now it’s just annoying to homeowners. Thankfully, our local lawn care company has the expertise to remove bedstraw from your landscape.

Shepherd’s Purse

Shepherd’s purse is a prominent member of the mustard weed family: one of the most commonly-found weeds in lawns and flowerbeds. And if you’re out for a walk on a winter’s day, you’re likely to see shepherd’s purse growing in sidewalk cracks and alongside paths. This weed isn’t picky about soil quality, as it will flourish just as well in partly shaded, exceptionally poor soil as it will in well-lit, rich soil. Shepherd’s purse can attain heights around 18 inches after sprouting from a plant similar to a dandelion.


A winter weed that’s part of the mint family, in some parts of the country it can reach 16 inches tall when fully mature, but in the Midwest this weed’s height usually tops out around six inches. Deadnettle is recognizable by its square stem, purple/pink flowers, and triangular-shaped leaves.  Also, deadnettle starts out droopy but straightens up with age.

Common Chickweed

Another root that should be fair game for our professionally-applied, eco-friendly lawn chemicals is common chickweed. This weed is found in many places: agricultural crops, horticulture plants, turf grass, and nursery settings. Crop plants are especially susceptible to common chickweed because it carries several viruses that can cause significant damage. Classified as a winter annual, common chickweed is discernible by its bright green leaves and white flowers with star-shaped petals. This weed’s seeds can germinate any time of year, particularly in spring and fall.

Work With a Local Siouxland Provider

Contact our local lawn care company and let’s talk further about lawn treatment in winter. We offer decades of expertise that includes proven solutions for preventing these five infamous winter weeds from causing you trouble.

December 15, 2018 0 Comments

Why You Should Hire a Full-Service Lawn Care Provider

The advantages to hiring a full-service lawn care provider are numerous, not least of which is the opportunity to build a strong relationship with a company that will support your lawn month after month, year after year. Jay-Lan Lawn Care considers several more reasons for making the move to full-service.  


As one of the premier lawn care services in Sioux City, and one that’s been a part of the community for more than four decades, we’ve developed a large customer base. As such, we’re able to purchase the latest, greatest professional-grade equipment and supplies and put these to work for our clients at a fraction of what it would cost for an individual to purchase the same items. For example, just for starters, a person would need to buy several rakes (one each for landscaping, thatching, lawn, and leaves), a ride mower (or two or three, depending on lawn size), leaf  tarps, silt spreaders, a power aerator, a leaf blower, and a leaf vacuum.

Of course, this equipment won’t run itself, so then you would need to gain the equivalent of 40 years of experience. This includes not just the art of mowing, trimming, landscaping, etc., but also weed control, the application of lawn chemicals, and much more. Our local lawn care company provides all of these things at a fraction of what they would cost to acquire, so from a budget standpoint hiring Jay-Lan Lawn Care is a no-brainer.

Time Savings

This is probably the number one reason why Siouxland residents hire a full-service lawn care provider.  With everything that modern life entails, rare is the person who has enough time to properly care for their lawn. Disregarding the fact that most people possess only a basic level of lawn care knowledge, you would need to invest an enormous amount of hours researching lawn treatment, application of fertilizer, and everything else your lawn requires. Then there’s the time spent shopping for materials (seed, mulch, etc.), and finally the weekly hours dedicated to maintaining your lawn. Contrast this with the speed at which you could contact our nearby lawn experts and get a quote, and it’s easy to see just how much time you’ll save working with us.


All of us at some point or another have thought about a certain job, say a lawyer or carpenter, and said to ourselves that we could do just as well. And sure, you might have the skills to build a mean birdhouse or talk your way out of a traffic ticket – but when things get serious, wouldn’t you rather ask a carpenter to build your house, or a lawyer to defend you in a lawsuit? The cost will be higher than a DIY scenario, but the results will be far more profitable. Same goes for lawn care: our expertise translates into a great-looking lawn and beautiful landscaping year-round.


Our lawn care service is licensed and insured, which renders you blame-free for any injuries or damages we incur. It also frees you from the responsibility of managing and storing fertilizer, chemicals, and other substances that in untrained hands could be dangerous to individuals and the environment.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Hiring a full-service lawn care provider is a smart move, especially if you want your lawn tended to across all four seasons, in all weather conditions. Contact our lawn care company serving Sioux City and learn more about the variety of services and programs we offer, all tailored to your needs.

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