Proper lawn maintenance programs involve doing several key tasks, one of which is eliminating any broadleaf weeds. Keeping your yard broadleaf weed-free is crucial, which is why we have put together this helpful guide on what these weeds are and why you need to have them dealt with.
What Are Broadleaf Weeds?
Broadleaf weeds are pesky plants that aggressively ruin your garden’s appearance. They’re most easily recognizable by their wide-leave structure. They can be extremely devastating for your lawn health, growth, and longevity.
But what makes them particularly frightening is how common they are. Every single lawn owner is vulnerable to them. Not to mention, they’re rapid multipliers so stopping them early is essential in order to prevent a complete take over of your garden.
Here are some common broadleaf weed examples:
1. Lambsquatters: These pop up annually in the summer, particularly in the northern United States. They’re commonly found in gardens with sugar beets, chickpeas, lentils, and dry edible beans.
2. Dandelions: These occur perennially (in the spring), and can grow up to two feet long! They are brittle, which means they can easily break. The whole root needs to be removed or else they can quickly re-grow and spread throughout your garden.
3. Common Chickweed: These rise up annually in the winter, and are difficult to control. They easily spread, and require strong herbicides in order to completely be eradicated.
Why They Should Be Eliminated
Broadleaf weeds can cause havoc to your garden’s landscape. They can suffocate your fruit-bearing plants by growing over them and blocking their access to light. They can also steal water and food from these plants.
Broadleaf weeds are also perfect hiding places for pests- such as bugs, rodents, and cockroaches, which feast on your garden plants. If broadleaf weeds remain unattended for too long, the damage they leave is irreversible.
The best way to prevent broadleaf weeds is to maintain lawn health throughout the year! To get this taken care of, make sure to contact us at Secure Lawns and get your free estimate today.