Did you know that you can learn a lot out your lawn from the presence of certain weeds?

Weeds are downright annoying. You break your back pulling them, and then they just pop right back up again. Weeds are unsightly, and they can do some serious damage to your lawn because they steal the nutrients and water it needs to survive. There’s no doubt about it, weeds are a problem. But, weeds can also teach you a lot about your lawn, giving you the information you need to make your lawn as beautiful and as healthy as possible. In our previous blog, we went over a few of the most common weeds we find here in Pennsylvania and touched on what their presence means for your yard. Keep reading to learn about a few more common weeds and what they are trying to tell you about your lawn.

#4. Broadleaf Plantain

Broadleaf plantain has large, oval-shaped leaves, with flowers protruding from its base. Broadleaf plantains enjoy soil that is acidic, compact or poorly drained. It also prefers lawns that are overwatered, though it can also withstand droughts. The best way to get rid of existing broadleaf plantains is to simply pull them, but in order to prevent them from coming back, you should get your lawn’s pH leveled out. It’s also important to get your lawn aerated, and amend your watering practices or adjust your irrigation system to prevent overwatering.

#5. Ground Ivy

Ground ivy, like the name implies, creeps low along the ground. Its leaves are scalloped and rounded, and it has flowers that are small and shaped like funnels. Ground ivy can be a nightmare to control, and it prefers to grow in areas that are shady and moist. In addition to shady and moist soil, ground ivy also thrives in low fertility soils. Proper fertilization, as well as herbicide applications in the fall, can help to prevent ground ivy from returning.

#6. Lambsquarters

Lambsquarters have lance-shaped leaves that are a pale, greenish-grey color. It can grow up to five feet, and throughout the spring and summer, it produces small, yellow flowers. Lambsquarters thrive in soil that is both compact and highly fertile. Lambsquarters can easily crowd out your turfgrass if you aren’t careful, but you can prevent them from returning by aerating your lawn and ensuring that you don’t over fertilize it. You can also help to prevent new seeds from being spread through frequent mowing.

Turn to Green Turf for the professional weed control you need in Allentown.

Although you can learn a lot from your weeds, that doesn’t mean that you want them around any longer than they have to be. And, when you want weed control you can rely on, there’s no better company to turn to than Green Turf. With our weed control solutions, you won’t have to worry about those pesky weeds popping up and stealing the nutrients your lawn needs to thrive. And, best of all, our no-obligation estimates are absolutely free! Contact us today for yours.