Common Winter Weeds That Affect Georgia Lawns

Weeds don’t stop invading your lawn just because the temperatures drop. Beginning their life cycle in late summer, these weeds grow in the winter and die in the late spring or early summer. They will compete with your grass for water, space, light and nutrients. In order to control these unwanted guests, you must first identify what types of weeds you have. Proper identification will ensure the correct control method is applied or performed at the optimum time. Here are a few of the most common winter annual weeds that affect Georgia lawns. Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua) This fast growing, bright green, winter annual is the most common grassy weed in the world. Growing up to 15 inches tall, it thrives in cooler weather. It’s pale, boat-shaped tipped leaves contain thousands of seeds, making its re-seeding rate extremely high. Usually found in Bermuda grass and bentgrass, annual bluegrass is the most problematic winter weed. Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) This invasive weed hosts insects and plant viruses. Growing anywhere from 2-8 inches, chickweed stems have a band of hairs along one side, smooth leaves, and small, white flowers. Fond of shaded areas, it spreads slowly in the winter and then quickly when grass seeds begin germinating. Dandelion (Taraxacum)  One of the most easily recognizable weeds, the dandelion’s bright yellow flower transforms into a white seed head, then spreads it’s seeds in windy conditions. Dandelion weeds have zig-zag leaves and a hollow flower stalk filled with a white sap. Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) Growing to 12-16 inches, the broadleaf weed henbit is one of the most common winter annuals. It is easily spotted by its rounded, flat leaves, hairy stems, and tubular, purplish flowers that blossom in winter. Speedwell [...]

Common Winter Weeds That Affect Georgia Lawns2023-03-08T17:02:31-05:00

Organic Lawn Care

It is important to reduce the amount of pollutants you are exposed to every day. After making changes to your diet, personal care routine, and cleaning products in an effort to lead a more natural lifestyle, your next step is to change your lawn care. Synthetic lawn pesticides and weedkillers have been linked to birth and reproductive defects, liver and kidney damage, endocrine and neurological disorders, cancers, autism, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Parkinson’s disease, and childhood leukemia. Don’t think that these chemicals stop at your lawn after application! They are tracked into your home and drift in through open windows and ventilation systems, where they contaminate the air that you, your family, and your pets breathe. Another negative effect of synthetic fertilizers and chemical pesticides is their ability to devastate the complex system in and around the soil called the “food web.” A healthy organic soil consists of insects, fungi, and a range of microorganisms that nurture the grass. Applications of broad-spectrum biocides kill a large variety of weeds, pests, and insects, but eliminating any part of a lawn’s food web can create more problems and lead to the use of even more chemicals. By eradicating unwanted weeds and insects with synthetic products, the beneficial ones are also eliminated. This endless cycle is devastating to the life of your lawn and binds you to the use of synthetic lawn chemicals indefinitely. A constant attempt at eradication will also lead to increased immunity in those targeted insects and weeds, thus leading to more frequent applications in the future. While “organic” tends to equate to “expensive” in most minds, transitioning to organic lawn care will actually save you money in the long term by building up your soil so [...]

Organic Lawn Care2020-11-09T17:54:48-05:00

Basic Barefoot Services

There are only a few more weeks of winter to go! Then it will be our favorite time of year again… time to tend to the lawn! This is an overview of some of our organic lawn care services. Choose from our specially designed programs or mix and match services to build a lawn care regimen that works for you! Aeration Aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of soil from the lawn to improve growth. Lawn thatch is the layer of dead turf between the green vegetation and the soil surface that must be removed to maintain lawn health. A thin layer of thatch is desira