Joe takes the problems plaguing homeowners head on as he answers the questions on how to deal with the yard pests of South Carolina.

Today, Joe Takes On Weeds!

Seth Law - Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Hey guys! I have listed the 5 most notorious, noxious weeds known to man. Well, ok maybe not, but these well-known weeds are quite difficult to control.

(top left) The first ones on our list are the Sedges. These include but are not limited to yellow nutsedge, purple nutsedge and kyllinga species. These guys look like grass and if your lawn was pure nutsedge it would be no big deal. Because our lawns aren’t they need to go! These plants reproduce through seed and underground “nut shaped” rhizomes. The best way to control these plants is to spray over-the-top with products such as Image, Dismiss, or Sedgehammer to name a few.

(top middle) The second weed is a woody herb called Chamber Bitters. I’d rather drop a bowling ball on my tongue than deal with this menace! This plant looks like a dwarf mimosa tree and carries seed on the backs of its leaves. These things show up in mid June and proliferate like rabbits. The best control is a pre-emergent containing Gallery, followed by over -the -top applications of products containing 2, 4, D.

(top right) Crabgrass is the scourge of suburbia. This stuff is considered a grain. Again, if your lawn was pure crabgrass and you cut it oh, um, every day it would look great. However, we don’t and we won’t so this pest must bite the dust also. Pre-emergent control with products such as Barricade or Dimension work well. Clean up stragglers by going over- the- top with products such as Drive, Vantage, or Tenacity to name a few.

(bottom left) Lespedeza! , "Gesundheit"! Lespedeza is a sprawling, ground- hugging weed that drives homeowners crazy because it grows so quickly. It appears in the early spring, persists all season and reproduces by seeding. For pre-emergent control use Dimension in the early spring, then go over-the-top with Trimec, Speedzone Southern or Manor.

(bottom right) The last grass on the list that causes an unsightly mess has two pronunciations depending on whether you’re a Yankee or a Southerner. Annual Blue Grass is usually called by its genus and species (Poa annua). Thus, those from the north follow the strict Latin nomenclature, while those from the south run it together and give it the more friendly pronunciation of “Poanna”. However, there is nothing friendly or cute about this grass. It grows in clumps, reproduces from seed and starts showing up in the late fall. The best control is to apply a pre-emergent such as Barricade or Dimension in the early fall followed by two more applications three months apart. Clean up remaining stands with herbicides by spraying products such as Certainty or Atrazine."

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