Weed control is essential to maintaining a lush, healthy lawn. With spring on the way, it’s time for Jay-Lan Lawn Care in Sioux City to review five commons spring weeds that are lawn care customers should be wary of.

Crabgrass

Crabgrass is common in lawns nationwide. Its modus operandi is attack weak areas of a lawn, i.e. spots that are mowed too short or suffering from too much/not enough water. Crabgrass moves in quick and forms a tight circle of leaves that can be a real bear to remove. The best lawn treatment solution for this weed is to treat your lawn for it before it makes its debut in springtime. Talk with our local lawn care experts about our crabgrass solutions.

Dandelions

The mother of all lawn weeds, dandelions spread like wildfire and quickly take over a lawn, announcing their presence with their ubiquitous bright yellow flowerheads. Given how common these weeds are, Jay-Lan Lawn Care offers no shortage of preventative lawn care services to keep your grass dandelion-free. It’s key to rid your lawn of dandelions before their heads morph into the white, fluffy seeds we’re all familiar with – because once this happens, germination is likely throughout the lawn. This means plenty of hard work, because dandelions have deep roots that must be completely removed in order to prevent their return.

Prickly Lettuce

This weed’s apropos name doesn’t tell the whole story – it also comes with spiny leaves that can sting bare feet and make it a pain to pull out by hand. Prickly lettuce like cooler climes and is most prevalent in early spring, especially in parts of a lawn that are on the thin side or have exposed soil. Like the other weeds on this list, the best defense against prickly lettuce isn’t so much lawn chemicals as it is maintaining a healthy lawn year-round.

White Clover

There was a time when white clover was tolerated by homeowners, who would leave it be while applying fertilizer, mowing, and dealing with more nefarious weeds. But times have changed, and white clover is now viewed as an unwelcome visitor in lawns throughout Sioux City. This weed is particularly prevalent in areas of a lawn in which the soil lacks nitrogen, and one of the best ways to remove it is simply by hand-digging it out of the ground. Ensuring it doesn’t return requires increasing the soil’s fertility – if not before the weed appears, then definitely right after it’s removed from the ground.

Chickweed

If there’s a place on your lawn that’s shady, thin, and suffers from poor drainage, chickweed might make an uncalled-for appearance. It spreads out in clumps that can easily be removed by hand, or via another solution: stepping on the weeds, breaking the stems, and then sprinkling fertilizer over the area. However, a lawn that’s overrun by chickweed necessitates a stronger solution.

Trust Our Lawn Care Experts

Jay-Lan Lawn Care offers a lawn care service for every need – from emerald ash borer treatment and overseeding, to weed control and core aeration. Spring is right around the corner, so contact us today and let’s discuss how to keep your lawn looking great.