Out of many varieties of weeds that grow on lawns, one of the most common and frustrating ones is beggarweed.
If beggarweed is invading your lawn, it is time to do something about it. At first, it may sound like a losing battle, however, we can assure you that there is a solution to your problem.
Beggarweed os the cause of annoyance and frustration for people who work in agriculture, for landscapers, and homeowners who want to enjoy green and fresh lawn only. The invasive nature of so-called unkillable weed and often spraying herbicide is not enough to stop this weed from growing.
What to do? What kills creeping beggarweed?
This 4-step process will help you get rid of creepy beggarweed for good:
- Step 1: Identification: The first thing you need to do is determine the type of weed you have to ensure it is creepy beggarweed and not some other invasive type of weed. Determining the right type of weed you are seeing on your lawn will help you understand the exact weed characteristic and tendencies and which product can best treat that weed. This first step is crucial because most invasive weeds have a high level of resistance to specific herbicides and chemicals. Also, there are control methods that are specifically created for specific types of weeds and aren’t suitable for others. If, for example, you fail to diagnose the weed you are encountering on your lawn, you may use herbicide that is not actually meant to destroy it and your attempt to get rid of the weed will not be successful. No homeowner wants that. We’ve already discussed how to identify creeping beggarweed – the leaflets are elliptical in shape, rounded at the base, and vary in sizes. This type of weed also features flowers that are pink or deep rose in color. Usually, beggarweed leaves contain 3 leaflets. Reproduction occurs by seed, broken taproots, and stolons. Beggarweed is usually found in open woods, turfgrass, and disturbed areas. If you are having troubles identifying the type of weed, don’t hesitate to contact Green Turf Care and the team of experts to identify it for you. Hiring a professional lawn care company, will not only help you identify the type of weed but also suggest your best treatment options.
- Step 2: Examination: Now that you have the weed identified, you can move to the next step – examination. If your lawn has been invaded by beggarweed, it would be hard to miss them as they usually stick out on your lawn amongst your plants and grass. Creeping beggarweed can be found in open woods and turfgrass and also has the ability to grow in disturbed areas. This type of weed is a difficult weed to control, especially when using cultural methods, due to the large taproot. If you try to hand-pull the weed, allow us to spare you some time. Hand-pulling will exhaust you and the results will not satisfy your plans. Also, if you decide to mow the weed at a low height, again, you won’t accomplish anything, the weed will keep coming back.
- Step 3: Beggarweed Control: Hand-pulling or mowing the weed are not the best solutions. The best control method for this type of weed is chemical control. Usually, 2 4-D weeds killer and broadleaf herbicide are used to kill beggarweed. These options are great for controlling the weed as well, and stop it from coming back. Before applying anything, make sure to read and follow label directions to get the right application and avoid any possible complications. Also, make sure to spray and not do a broadcast application of your lawn.
- Step 4: Prevention: The fourth and final step is prevention. If you want to get rid of beggarweed for good, the best tactic for prevention is a thick lush lawn, healthy plants, and grass that is properly maintained. A well-fed and maintained lawn will be able to choke out the weeds and not leave them room to grow. As part of the solutions are various fertilizers that you can buy and use to give your lawn the proper treatment and all essential nutrients. Mowing regularly helps a lot. Collecting the clippings is also helpful and keeps the weed from creeping back up.
Creeping Beggarweed Control Tips & Tricks
Using herbicides is one of the most effective treatments for getting rid of creeping beggarweed, however, there are a few other things you can do.
You can modify your lawn care maintenance schedule and routine. Weed problems like these are indicators that the turf has been affected by improper or rarely lawn nutrition. The best tactic to kill beggarweed is having a dense turf produced by right fertilizer practices and proper watering to avoid moisture stress.
Green Turf Care offers fertilization and weed control services, providing the customers with ultimate lawn care. Ensuring the weed control is 100% effective, Green Turf Care uses a 6-step process to provide a weed-free lawn.
The products you use should be applied according to the information and instruction labels to successfully treat your beggarweed problem. In some situations, repeat applications may be necessary. After all, we are discussing tough weed to kill, especially if it is already firmly established in your lawn and shows signs of resisting herbicides.
When applying herbicides, make sure to apply them at the right temperature. The broadleaf weed control products are not effective above 85 degrees. At a lower temperature, the weed closes off the pores resulting in ineffective herbicides.
Even though some people call these weed unkillable, we here at Green Turf Care have another opinion. We use proven lawn care products and professional-grade fertilizers!
Follow these 4 steps that will help you eliminate your creeping beggarweed problem for a long time.
If you are not sure which herbicides to use or you want professionals to take care of your beggarweed problem, give us a call or email us!
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