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Dandelions, Lawn Weeds Get Early Start with Unseasonable Warmth
Early spring accelerates growth of weeds, requiring homeowners to take proactive steps to minimize spread
The early spring – about six weeks ahead of normal – has accelerated the growth of dandelions and other lawn weeds. Dandelions and their uninvited brethren don’t usually appear until mid-May, said Todd Ruedt, owner of Grounds Maintenance Services, Brookfield (http://www.groundsmaintenancewi.com)
“The record-setting warmth since January has changed local landscapes,”
Dandelions and weeds are a fact of life for most lawns. They spread from wind, animals, unkempt planting beds and neighboring yards, so can never be completely eradicated.
Homeowners can deter lawn weeds by removing them from planting beds and other landscaped areas, Ruedt said. Control treatments can begin to keep up with the weeds’ early jump start, but the return of seasonal cooler temperatures will slow absorption of chemicals by the targeted plants.
Temperature and weather conditions are the biggest factors in how weed control products perform. Getting a handle on lawn weeds is a long-term process that can take years, Ruedt said.
“Weed control programs are a control system, not eradication,”
The bright yellow spots appearing in many lawns aren’t an illusion. On the bright side, Ruedt noted, their presence amid green grass reiterates that spring showed up early and in full force – a change of season that most homeowners welcome.
Founded in 1999, Grounds Maintenance Services offers a full range of landscaping and yard maintenance services, plus in-home Christmas tree delivery, holiday lighting setup and snow plowing. Its professional staff prides itself on helping homeowners grow their dreams, one yard at a time.