There are three common weeds that like to take advantage of the warmer weather here in Texas. And while it’s good for them, it means more of a headache for you. Without the proper knowledge, you can find yourself in a constant battle trying to get rid of them for the rest of the season. So, without further ado, here are the three weeds you should look out for during the summer in Texas: creeping Charlie, dandelions, and crabgrass. Knowing how to correctly identify these weeds and what to do when you spot them can help you protect your lawn so it can get through the summer!
1. Creeping Charlie
Creeping Charlie can easily be identified thanks to its square stems and circular ivy leaves with scalloped edges. When crushed or mowed, creeping Charlie will give off a distinct minty aroma. You’ll start to see them bloom with light blue or purple flowers in late spring/early summer. This plant thrives in compacted and poorly drained soils and is one of the more difficult weeds to control in Texas. The best way to control creeping Charlie is by applying post-emergent treatments when the flowers are in bloom—which is anywhere from April to June. Then, you should administer another treatment in late fall when the plants send food reserves to their roots.
Dandelions are one of the most well-known weeds here in Texas. They are easily identified by their bright, yellow petals that start blooming in the spring, and they’ll continue growing throughout the year. Dandelions will grow just about anywhere, regardless of soil conditions. They do tend to struggle in periods of high heat and drought, but these conditions usually aren’t enough to kill them. You want to treat dandelions by spot treating them with post-emergent herbicides. Apply these treatments when dandelions are actively growing in late summer and early fall for the best results.
A single dandelion plant can produce up to 2,000 seeds!
Crabgrass is one of the most persistent and annoying weeds to deal with here in Texas. You can spot them with their pointed, light green leaves. This weed prefers to grow in areas where it’s hot and dry and thrives in areas of your lawn that are thinner. The best way to handle crabgrass is with pre-emergent weed control treatments. You want to get rid of this weed before it can start developing seeds. Once these weeds establish themselves on your lawn, they can be quite difficult to eliminate with post-emergent treatments. If you notice that this weed is already on your lawn, it's best to reach out to your local lawn care company so that they can help get rid of the weed in the most efficient and effective way. Otherwise, you risk wasting time and energy on this particularly stubborn weed!
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Get a handle on these three stubborn summer weeds by enrolling in our weed control program! At Century Lawn and Landscape, we use a combination of both pre-emergent and post-emergent weed control treatments throughout the year to ensure all these weeds stay off your property! This program includes a monthly treatment throughout the entire year. We also include fertilizer treatments to make sure that your grass has everything it needs to remain strong year-round. We service residential properties in the Austin, TX area, including surrounding areas like Bee Cave, Dripping Springs, Cedar Park, and Rollingwood. Give us a call today at (512) 786-1694 to sign up for our weed control treatments!