There are some very common weeds in the state of Pennsylvania. These weeds can be found around many homes in PA, but there are ways to get rid of them and transform your outdoor landscape into a beautiful place for the whole family to enjoy. Some of the common weeds include:
1. Crabgrass is a very common weed throughout the state of Pennsylvania. This is a weed that grows during the warm season and grows yearly because it reproduces by seed. The easiest way to get rid of crabgrass is to use pre-emergent herbicides. These are available in liquid or granule formation and help to get rid of crabgrass by killing the crabgrass seedlings. The pre-emergent herbicide should be applied before the crabgrass germination begins, but not too far in advance. Specific application procedures can be obtained from the pre-emergent herbicide that you choose. Thorough tips on this application procedure can be found at: http://landscaping.about.com/od/weedsdiseases/qt/kill_crab_grass.htm
2. Chickweed is another common annoyance for those living in PA. This weed comes in two different varieties, an annual type, and a perennial type. The annual type is much simpler to get rid of. Common chickweed (annual) can be mostly removed by the use of your hands to get it out of the dirt. This can be done because the roots of this weed are very short which makes it simple to remove from the soil. The second step for the removal of chickweed is herbicides. These should be used in the spring because they will prevent the chickweed seeds from germinating. Glyphosphate herbicide is an excellent way to remove chickweed because it kills the plant at the root. You should be careful when applying this herbicide in a garden area because it will also kill other plants that you may not want to get rid of.
3. Henbit is a common weed that grows in the spring months. This is an upright weed that can grow 4-12 inches. The weed also features purple tubular flowers and leaves that are rounded at the ends. To remove this weed, you should use a select post-emergent herbicide. The process of spraying should be continued to make sure that newly seeded areas do not become a problem. The best time to apply the herbicide is when henbit is in the seedling through flowering stage of its growth.
It is important to read the instructions on the herbicides you choose to make sure they will work for the specific weeds you are trying to get rid of and that you are applying them in a safe and effective manner. It is also important that you apply the herbicides at the correct time for the weeds you are trying to remove. If this is not done, the herbicide will be less effective, or not effective at all in the treatment of your weeds.
“How to Kill Crabgrass”, http://landscaping.about.com/od/weedsdiseases/qt/kill_crab_grass.htm
“How to Kill Chickweed”, http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/weed-identification-control/how-to-kill-chickweed-best-way-to-kill-chickweed.htm
“Common Lawn and Garden Weeds in Pennsylvania”, http://www.allaboutlawns.com/green-pages/pennsylvania/weeds/