The weather sure has been interesting this spring. It has cooperated long enough for me to plant some peas and potatoes, and then it snowed the following day. I also have planted some rhubarb. I hope, within the next couple of days, I will plant some seeds of early hardy vegetables.
As it has started to warm up, tulips and daffodils have started to bloom around town. A few flowering trees have even started to bloom. But have you noticed the yellow flowers that are popping up in your lawn and landscape?
Dandelions and other nuisance weeds are starting to bloom, while the noxious weed White Top is starting to grow. These weeds seem to offer a never-ending battle around the yard. Each weed is different in growing habit, but each can be controlled when attacked properly.
Dandelions are perennial weeds that bloom in early spring, and if not controlled, will disperse seeds that then can germinate, grow and produce more seeds throughout the growing season. One of the easiest ways to control this weed is by removing the flower head. This can be easier said than done. As you mow the flower head off with your lawn mower, the plant will adapt and start blooming on shorter stems, usually closer to the crown out of reach of the mower blades. Dandelions can be easily controlled with selective weed killers. Just make sure that you read the instructions.
White Top is a noxious perennial weed out of the mustard family. It can spread by both seeds and root system. In fact, the root system of a single White Top plant can reach up to 30 feet. Also the White Top plant is highly toxic to cattle. Because of these reasons, and others, White Top has been placed on the Wyoming noxious weed list. You should take all precautions in removing this weed out of your garden and landscape. It is best controlled with chemical weed killers.
My preferred broadleaf weed killer chemical of choice is Weed Free Zone. It contains the standard weed killers of 2, 4-D, Dicamba and MCPP. These chemicals are often found in weed and feeds and other weed killers. However, the additional chemical that has the best control of weeds is called Carfentrazone. Carfentrazone kills broadleaf weeds, while not hurting grass, at lower temperatures, and you will also be able to see results quicker. Always read the label and follow the directions for best control. These chemicals should not be used to control weeds in your vegetable gardens. Also, do not save the grass clippings, if used to kill weeds in your lawn, for composting.
Glyphosate, the non-selective weed killer found in Round-Up, is the chemical weed killer that I use it in and around my garden to control unwanted grasses and weeds that are growing in my garden. Glyphostate will kill the grass in your lawn. Do not use to control weeds in your lawn.
Lawns are starting to turn greener each day. Tree buds are swelling and even bursting with color. This time of year is one of my favorites, even if some of those colors are weeds.
BY GARY EMMETT