Battling weeds is as much a part of summer in Wisconsin as cookouts and concerts. Now is the time to start planning your attack against these common invaders.
In order to help form an effective weed eradication and prevention plan, it is helpful to identify the type of lawn weed (or weeds) that are currently detracting from your lawn and the factors that influence their growth.
Some common weeds in Southeastern Wisconsin include: dandelion, creeping Charlie, crabgrass, thistle, white clover, violets, and black medic.
Various environmental factors can influence which weeds will flourish in different areas. Examples of these factors include:
- Seasonal weather conditions: A wet summer can encourage the growth of white clover, while crabgrass can withstand drought and possibly even thrive in it. (After this year’s lower than average snowfall, except an early crop of crabgrass!)
- Soil composition: soils with low levels of nitrogen encourage some weeds, such as white clover and black medic, to grow.
- Disturbed, vacant, or unmaintained sites will encourage the growth of weeds like thistle.
- Weed seeds from neighboring properties can easily travel to your property.
- Some weeds, like dandelion, will grow almost anywhere, in any condition.
- Weeds can occur naturally in all soils and can persist for 30 or more years!