Grasses Coming Out of Dormancy

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Last month, I shared a post about controlling weeds. The article had a picture of a dandelion in bloom and in fairness it did focus on chemical weed control. I received a comment on the article about being aware of the bees and not killing them. To address this, I mentioned to the commenter that herbicides don’t harm the bees, and that this time of the year there are a lot of other plants flowering. That seemed to be enough to set this person’s mind at ease.

I do want to stress that as our warm season grasses are coming out of dormancy this month, it is not a good time to spray herbicides to control weeds. Warm season grasses are very susceptible to herbicide damage when they are sprayed as they are coming out of dormancy. Hand pulling would be the preferred method of weed control this time of the year.

While weed control is on my mind, I would like to mention that a vigorous, healthy turfgrass will outcompete most weeds. To reduce weed pressure, fertilize, water and mow to keep the lawn vigorous through the summer and the reward will be fewer weeds throughout the year. For more on proper fertilizing, watering, and mowing frequency and height contact, our local Extension Master Gardener Volunteers or call (252) 222-6353.