Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up talks about lawn weeds in 2013. With our lawns that are thinned out, weeds can easily fill those open spots. Winter annuals can just get worse if not managed early in the season. Thin lawns will see annual grasses like foxtails, crabgrass and goose grass germinating. Perennial grassy weeds like Quackgrass or Tall fescue can really spread too. Management changes like mowing more frequently with a sharp mower blade and managing the fertilizer program more carefully to avoid flushes of grass growth will encourage a better, healthier looking lawn.
Green Side Up is a weekly gardening program produced by University of Illinois Extension. It is hosted by Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator, Horticulture.