LAWN WEEDS AND TREATMENT
Verdant bespoke Lawn Care - Lawn Weeds & Treatment
Of the hundreds of weed species which infest gardens in this country, only a handful - about 20 at most - are common lawn weeds. Weeds will colonise any free space in your lawn quickly becoming a nuisance spoiling the appearance of your lawn if not controlled. Domestic 'Off the Shelf' Weed Killers do a temporary job of killing weeds but unless the conditions for weed growth are treated effectively - they will be back!
Verdant - Lawn Care will treat weed growth, by tackling the conditions which are promoting weed growth, neglect and lack of feeding being the commonest combined withpoor lawn care and over-close mowing. Verdant will advise a weed control plan that will go on working where other treatments have failed, saving you the continuing costs and time spent on self application. Build your lawns resistance to weeds by sound professional lawn management and enjoy a beautiful green and Verdant lawn this Summer.
If you have recurring or problematic weed growth take advantage of our Free Lawn Survey. To find out more aboutweeds we can control...
We've outlined some of the most commonly treated weeds below.
Mares Tail (Horsetail)
Nettles and brambles
The broad spectrum systemic herbicides Verdant use are safe, very effective and control weeds easily. The products are not available to the general public or small gardeners- not found in retail style products . Common weeds daisies, buttercup, dandelions, plantains are usually controlled after one applications. Certain weeds such as yarrow and wood rush, speedwells clovers and celandine require more than one application. Repeated applications will control new weed plants from seeds carried by birds, the wind and laying those dormant in the soil. Weeds are approx 70% water and usually decompose completely 14 days after treatment from Verdant - Lawn Care.
Herbicides are usually applied during periods of vigorous grass growth, during the spring, summer & late autumn when weeds are also growing.
Verdant - Lawn Care can control even the most difficult of weeds and give you a relatively weed free lawn. The herbicides and products we use are safe for wild life, pets and children. You can usually use the lawn 2 hours + after we have treated it.
Herbicide application, combined with regular applications of various professional fertilisers will establish a thick healthy grass sward, help prevent the appearance of weeds and moss. Feeding your grass with the correct fertiliser regularly and improving the grass condition with scarifying and aeration all play an important part of weed and moss control.
Meadow Grass in lawns.
Annual meadow grass sometimes called Couch grass appears as tuft like clumps of grass that grows faster than other more desirable species of grass such as bents fescues and rye grasses. After moss coarse grasses are one of the biggest concerns for lawns. It is irritating that after controlling weeds and moss that unwanted grass species seeds spreads by birds and wind should move into your lawn and spoil the appearance.
The appearance of coarse grasses in well maintained healthy lawns is frustrating. The more desirable grass species stop growing and even die off at certain times of the year. The hardier coarse grasses continue to grow and colonise the space left. The grass has creeping underground stems that help it spread great distances. There are no selective weed killers that can be used against coarse grasses. Ask your lawn and weed expert for advice how to control the growth of coarse grasses. Regular application of Verdant's essential lawn care treatments will keep your lawn healthy and can help to prevent weeds and coarse grass establish.
Speedwells are small weeds with pretty blue flowers resistant to many weed killers. They spread across lawns not by seeds but in the clippings dropped when mowing the lawn. Parts of the speedwell plant cut up in the mower clippings will quickly root and develop as new plants. Weak grass encourages speedwell so correct and regular seasonal feeding of your lawn is vital to strengthen the grass. Verdant- Lawn Care can treat all speedwells with one of our specialist selective herbicides.
Dandelions can be very disfiguring in your Lawn a serious nuisance. Favouring all types of soil. These invaders are either the true dandelion or cat's ear, the common ones. Fortunately they can be controlled by application of Verdant's selective weed killers in spring.
Yarrow and Woodrush.
Grass weakened by long periods of dry weather and poorly nourished can weaken allowing weeds - yarrow and woodrush to become established. Although not related they form a close association in lawns that are low in nitrogen and humus. Verdant Lawn Care has a selective herbicide to control Yarrow. Wood rush is a grass like perennial weed, with dark green, broad bladed leaves with dark brown flowers and seed heads. Woodrush has the reputation for being difficult to control. Poorly nourished soil is a key reason for woodrush. Verdant has a range of selective herbicides to control this difficult weed and keep it under control. Lawns with these weeds present need to be well feed and top dressed in the Autumn.
Daisy and Pearlwort.
Daisy and Pearlwort occur in all soil types. Preferring compacted turf which is mown too closely. Avoid mowing too closely. Raise your mowing height, regular seasonal feeding of your lawn and aeration will check the spread. Many gardeners do not object to these dainty grass weeds but beware they quickly spread and destroy large areas of lawn.
Mares Tail or more correctly Horsetail.
Said to be one of the oldest plant found in the domestic garden. Mares tail fossils have been found dating back 30 million years. Mares Tail starts to develop in the spring with brown green shoots appearing laden with spores. Like most weeds it likes poor under fertilised soils with weak grass. Once the spores have germinated the plants sends out roots that travel away from the plant sometimes to a depth of over 1 metre. The waxy coating makes general purpose weed killers almost useless. Do not try to dig this weed out as the plant breaks up into numerous filaments that are all viable and can form new plants. Disturbing the soil encourages growth from dormant roots.
Baby’s tears (Mind your own business).
Difficult weed that works its way into brick work and stone walls etc. Requires several applications of herbicide to control it but it is very persistent and can spread quickly from the smallest piece of the plant. Must be treated with systemic herbicide as the roots are extensive.
Nettles and Bramble.
Nettles and brambles are fairly common weeds which are easily controlled by several applications of Verdant's specialist herbicides. dead nettles decompose. Dead brambles are quite woody and may need cutting to clear.
Japanese knot weed.
There are many myths about controlling this plant. JKW is difficult to control if you do not use the right combination of herbicides at the right time. This plant has a huge reputation and has been described as almost impossible to control, many colonies of knot weed have been dug up, transported to specially licensed sites at a great expense. JKW can be relatively inexpensively controlled with the relevant herbicide applied at the correct time and with the right techniques.
Japanese Knot weed has bamboo like stems that grow to up to 3 metres with large spade shaped leaves. The plant has thick cuticle like skin on the leaf. The plant spreads by developing a large network of rhizomes whichtravel underground and spring up distances of up to 10 metres away from the parent plant. The seeds are sterile but the heavy leaf canopy created by the plant produces a sterile area beneath the canopy that prevents colonisation by other plants etc. Control is focused on the rhizome in order to defeat this plant. Probably one of the most troublesome invasive plants in Europe and America
Ragwort / Ragweed.
Ragwort / Ragweed - Senecio jacobea are tall plants with bright yellow flowers. Dangerous particularly to horses, The alkaloid in the plant accumulates in the body if eaten or absorbed through the skin and can cause problems with the liver. Selective weed killer at the correct time, applied to your paddocks will eradicate it. Ragwort loves badly drained soils and good aeration of you paddock is recommended. Do not make theshort term mistake of pulling it outleaving a small piece of root , this plant will come back the following year. If you are in contact with ragwort wear gloves to reduce absorbing alkaloid through your skin.
A major headache for many lawn owners. Not a weed but part of the family known as a legume. Plants that “fix” nitrogen into the soil from the atmosphere a useful plant in agriculture, unwelcome in any lawn, in midsummer bright green patches stand out against dull pale grass. The Clovers you are most likely yo see in your lawn are White Clover - sometimes called Dutch Clover - Trifolium repens, along with smaller yellow flowering species - Lesser Trefoil - Trifolium dubium. Clovers like non-acid soils, appear later in the growing season and require more than one application of the relevant selective herbicides used by Verdant Lawn Care.
Docks and Sorrels.
The two most common docks which infest our gardens and lawns. The curled Dock and the broad leaved Dock.
These large leaved weeds rarely survive regular mowing. But the smaller cousins - sorrel's, are true lawn weeds.
Common names are Sheep's Sorrel - Rumex acetosella, and Common Sorrel - Rumex acetosa
They favour sandy and acid soil conditions, flowering May to August - using selective weed killers and feeding your lawn at the correct times during the year will control them.