Purple deadnettle removal and control provided for properties throughout the Lehigh Valley area, including, Allentown, Bethlehem, & Emmaus.
Purple deadnettle is one of the first weeds to appear at the start of the spring season in Pennsylvania.
Many people in the Lehigh Valley area will find purple deadnettle growing in their yard after the winter season has passed. This is the first weed to sprout up in early spring, though some property owners may be unfamiliar with its name. Other terms that purple deadnettle goes by are red deadnettle and purple archangel.
By tackling such a stubborn weed before the seeds fully germinate, we can stop the purple deadnettle from appearing vigorously throughout your lawn. Our team at Green Turf Care has years of experience removing and managing numerous weed species known to inhabit the Lehigh Valley area! Homes and businesses located in Allentown, Bethlehem, Emmaus, and surrounding counties are eligible for our weed control services.
What are the characteristics of purple deadnettle?
Purple deadnettle is a very common winter annual broadleaf weed and a member of the mint family. However, unlike other nettle plants, the tiny hairs at the ends of their leaves do not sting you if touch them. This weed also acts as a food source for pollinators. So, if you start noticing an unusual amount of bees colonizing in your yard, and you don't have many flowers, purple deadnettle might be responsible.
Purple deadnettle and its cousin, henbit, are frequently confused for one another because of their similar features. Both weeds have square stems and purple flowers, but purple deadnettle foliage tends to be wider and lighter in color, while henbit flowers look more tubular. Henbit leaves are also more scalloped and appear less fuzzy than deadnettle leaves.
When and where does purple deadnettle appear?
Since purple deadnettle is a winter annual, that means their seeds germinate in the fall and survive through the winter. Once spring begins, the weed will flower up around March or April and develop more seeds before dying back in early summer from the intense heat.
Purple deadnettle prefers moist turf and cooler spring weather. They can be seen mostly growing in shaded areas of your lawn and will quickly invade any bare spots.
How do we treat for purple deadnettle in your yard?
Purple deadnettle is notoriously persistent. When this weed doesn't have other plants around it to compete with, it can produce up to 27,000 seeds per plant. One or two weeds can be plucked by hand, but a larger group is much tougher to handle without professional help.
Performing lawn care and maintenance consistently during the year will reduce the potential for purple deadnettle from reproducing and germinating in your soil. Here are a few things you can do to minimize their appearance:
- Frequent mowing at the correct height- Besides keeping your lawn from getting overgrown, mowing is also beneficial for growing thicker grass. Weeds like purple deadnettle find it harder to establish themselves in yards that are thick and full. Just remember to follow the 1/3 rule when cutting your grass so you don't scalp the lawn and cause stress.
- Increase turf density with proper fertilization- Thin lawns are most susceptible to weeds as well as diseases and insects. By following a fertilization schedule, you'll boost the overall health of your grass and provide it with key nutrients to support healthy grass growth.
- Aerate and overseed your lawn in the fall- Two other lawn care services that are vital to eliminating purple deadnettle are aeration and overseeding. Aeration breaks up compacted soil and thatch buildup so more air, water, and nutrients can reach your lawn's root system. Overseeding will fill in any bare spots and make it harder for purple deadnettle seedlings to establish in those areas. Both processes help strengthen the turf and make yards more resilient to weeds.
A later-spring post-emergent can also be applied after the purple deadnettle has already sprouted. However, since this weed is a winter annual, it will naturally die back in the summer, so spraying a post-emergent might be too late.
Allow us to perform the proper lawn care and maintenance services on your yard to keep purple deadnettle out permanently!
Purple deadnettle is easy to spot on your lawn–for you and those visiting. Increase the curb appeal of your lawn by removing this weed with our professional lawn care and maintenance services. We can help fight off persistent purple deadnettle and keep your yard looking lush and weed-free!
Call (484) 452-3595 to schedule a consultation with a Green Turf Care team member. Our weed control services can be provided for residential and commercial properties located near Allentown, Bethlehem, and Emmaus.