Beware the Weeds of Winter

poa annuaWith the harsh winter temperatures flowing through the Georgia this month, it may seem surprising that at this very moment cold weather weeds could be taking hold in your yard. Terra Bites Lawn Service wants to help you identify these annoying plants and make sure they aren’t lurking in your lawn.

  • Annual Bluegrass (Poa Annua) – We’ve talked about this weed before, but that just goes to show you what a pest it can be! Annual Bluegrass is very difficult to get rid of due to the thousands of seeds on its blades. With its quick rate of re-seeding, it’s no wonder this weed is able to survive year round.

  • Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) – Similar in appearance to Purple Deadnettle, this purple flowering weed has green, flat leaves surrounding it and blossoms in winter. Luckily, these winter annuals can usually be pulled by hand.

  • Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) – Is a cool season annual that spreads slowly in the winter but picks up pace when your grass’s seeds begin to germinate in spring.

  • Speedwell (Veronica arvensis) – This last winter annual specifically targets newly seeded lawns and thin turf. It is a low to the ground weed and is very difficult to control.

Other weeds to be weary of this winter include two perennials, the wild garlic and wild onion. If you should see any weeds creeping throughout your yard this winter take action! First, research the plants to be sure they are weeds. If they are, next investigate the best course of action to remove them without damaging your lawn. If you’re unsure or have any questions, contact our Terra Bites Braselton, Ga. office. We’d love to take care of your weed problem for you!