Beggarweed grows groups of three leaflets marked with fine hairs that cause the plant to stick to you. This weed produces a purple flower and can grow up to nine feet high.
If bare spots of dirt pop-up in your lawn, re-seed them. Broadleaf weeds are notorious for taking over bare spots in lawns.
Spurge has small, oval leaves, and opposite leaves vary from dark green to red, and have a brown splotch on the surface.
Virginia buttonweed is considered one of the most invasive weeds in the south. It has lance-shaped leaves that produce small, four-lobed, white flowers that mature into seed pods. When the weed first grows in the late spring and early summer, its leaves are purple.
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Dollarweed has leaves that are round, bright green, and look like miniature lily pads.
After working hard to make your lawn look lush and well-manicured, it’s unfortunate to see it all go to waste when weeds start invading the turf. Weeds are unwanted plants that plenty of lawn owners have to deal with. These pesky plants can easily invade a turf, especially those that prefer our warm and humid climate.
Aside from aesthetics, controlling and removing weeds is important to improve the health of your lawn. These pesky invaders may also steal nutrients from the grass, plants, and more. If they are not controlled, your lawn will become untidy, or worse, the grass and flowers may start to wither.
Before you start removing these out-of-place plants or start controlling them, you should first find out what you’re dealing with. You won’t be able to properly remove and prevent weeds in your yard if you don’t know what type it is. To help you out, here are some of the weeds that one may find in their Florida lawn.
Poison ivy can grow as a shrub or a creeping vine in Florida. This notorious plant is known for its severe allergic reactions it can cause when even lightly grazed. The chemical that causes the reaction is called urushiol . Urushiol can stay active on any surface, including logs, clothes, and tools for up to 5 years. Poison ivy can be identified by its cluster of three leaves. Its stems grow from left to right, never side by side. In the fall, its green leaves turn reddish-orange and can blend in with other deciduous plants. Always wear long sleeves and pants when working in overgrown areas. If you have been exposed to poison ivy take a shower immediately and wash all of your clothes and tools.
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Creeping beggarweed is a broadleaf perennial weed that grows close to the ground and has three leaflets that attach to the main stem. Beggarweed grows mainly in the southern part of the United States and is a big problem here in Florida. Beggarweed sprouts in the spring but really takes off in the summer. Removal of this plant by digging or pulling is ineffective and it is even resistant to certain herbicides. Beggarweed can reproduce by seed, stolon, or piece of its taproot. Beggarweed can be a nuisance because of its sticky seed pods that cling to clothing and animal fur. To control creeping beggarweed use postemergence weed control products that contain sulfentrazone, thiencarbazone-methyl, and dimethylamine salts
Chickweed is a winter perennial that grows in a wide range of soils. it thrives best in soils high in nitrogen and a neutral pH balance. Chickweed is most commonly found in the north and central parts of Florida. Chickweed grows low to the ground and can reproduce by seed or take root from nods located at the end of its stems. It begins to grow around December and January and will continue to come back year after year until you put a stop to it. Use a pre-emergent weed control in the spring to kill any weeds that may be hiding in your lawn. Only use a post-emergent spray after the weed has already established itself.
It’s fall in Florida and although we don’t get cold winters like the rest of the country that doesn’t mean we should start slacking on fall lawn care . Because of our mild winters, many plants don’t stop growing, and some only begin to sprout in the winter months. If you don’t take care of these weeds right now, they could lead to an invasion of weeds in your yard come spring. Here is a list of the most common fall weeds found in Florida.