Henbit weed control services available for your residential or commercial property in Allentown, Bethlehem, Emmaus, and surrounding towns in Lehigh Valley, PA.
Our team will target henbit growth in your lawn to prevent its root system from establishing deeper into the soil and taking over bare spots.
Henbit can sometimes be confused for ground ivy or purple deadnettle. They all share similar characteristics which can make it harder for property owners to distinguish between the three broadleaf weeds.
A professional lawn care service is the only way henbit can be removed entirely. The number of seeds each weed produces combined with its fibrous root system makes for an incredibly stubborn plant. Henbit will take over bare spots in an instant and give you a lawn problem that you'll be dealing with for years.
Thankfully, our company has years of experience treating the various weed strains we have growing in Lehigh Valley, PA! Henbit weed control and removal can be provided for residential and commercial businesses located in Allentown, Bethlehem, Emmaus, and surrounding areas.
What are the identifying features of henbit?
Henbit, purple deadnettle, and ground ivy are all part of the mint family, making them extremely troublesome weeds. Henbit is a winter annual and is most active in warmer weather. Just like purple deadnettle, henbit lies dormant in the colder months and sprouts up in the spring before dying back in late spring and summer once the temperatures become too hot.
This broadleaf weed can grow between 4 inches to a foot high, but it can mostly be seen sprawling along the ground. Their square stems will mostly be green in color and develop a faint purple hue on a more matured henbit weed.
Henbit leaves looked wrinkled with rounded edges and deep veins that are clearly visible up close. The leaves form in clusters along the stem, almost making it appear as if the weed is just a bunch of green flowers. In reality, henbit foliage consists of small purple and pink tube flowers that bloom in the spring.
Each plant can produce up to 2,000 seeds, which is why henbit is difficult to treat without professional help. It grows well in moist, shaded areas and can often be found under trees and shrubs where grass has a hard time growing.
How is henbit treated and removed from lawns?
Like most weeds, henbit thrives in lawns with thinning growth or that are just generally unhealthy. Additionally, with the weeds extensive and fibrous root system, your yard must receive continuous treatments and lawn care services to successfully remove all of it.
Hand pulling will do you no good because of its roots, so pre-emergent and post-emergent are the best solutions for killing off henbit. Since henbit is a winter annual, these treatments should be applied before and after the summer.
The pre-emergent herbicide is most effective during the fall once temperatures begin cooling off. Henbit seeds germinate in the fall and can withstand the winter weather until spring. If a pre-emergent is sprayed ahead of time, the seeds will have time to grow before going dormant in the winter. Once spring arrives, henbit will grow vigorously and be harder to control.
Post-emergent can help after the henbit starts flowering, but it might not make as strong an impact as the pre-emergent. Henbit naturally dies back around late spring and early summer, but a post-emergent can still be moderately effective if applied as soon as the foliage appears.
Unsure of whether or not if that's henbit growing in your yard? Our professionals are able to spot the difference!
Henbit is very similar to ground ivy and purple deadnettle, so it's understandable if you aren't able to tell them apart at first glance. Even though all these weeds look the same, our lawn care professionals at Green Turf Care can easily tell the difference between them!
Rather than waste your time trying to pull them out, give us a call at (484) 452-3595 so we can apply a post-emergent weed control treatment and work to finish them off for good. Resident and commercial properties near Lehigh Valley, including Allentown, Bethlehem, and Emmaus can schedule a consultation with us today!