Lawn Weeds are Often Signals

Your lawn can’t tell you when something is wrong, but it can send you signals to warn of certain problems.

Here’s what your lawn may be trying to tell you:

White Clover – The presence of white clover may indicate the need for nitrogen. Actively growing lawn grasses usually require more nitrogen than the clover. Clover may become competitive during cold, wet conditions.

Algae – These minute, single-celled green plants thrive on compacted, water-logged soil and may form a dense green or blackish-green crust in areas of the lawn with few grass plants. This crust often restricts movement of water and air into the soil. So, when algae appear know your lawn has compacted, water-logged soil.

Mosses – Mosses may produce a thick, green mass in full sun or shade on both dry and wet soils, and may grow in areas of your lawn where both light and are movement are limited. Mosses is normally a sign that the soils pH is extremely low.

Prostrate Knotweed – This low-growing, summer annual, broadleaf weed is a common problem in high-traffic lawns, playgrounds and athletic fields. This weed is well adapted to poorly drained, compacted soils and grows from a thin, long taproot. Wiry, leafy stems that radiate from the root produce a dull, blue-green mat well below the mower blade.

Yellow Nutsedge – This grass-like perennial weed with a distinctive, triangular stem is often found growing in infertile, disturbed soils along highways. Yellow nutsedge is tolerant of wet and poorly drained soils.

The best defense against these problems is a healthy, dense and actively growing lawn. By mowing your lawn often at an appropriate cutting height, fertilizing and liming by soil test results and aerating to reduce soil compaction, you may help provide an environment more favorable for grass than weeds.

Remember, your local Stockdale’s has all the supplies you need to keep your lawn green and healthy.