Memphis weed control services
"Established and Beautiful" is what "Memphis" means. With its famous events, historic buildings, and picturesque natural areas, it's easy to see that this name is fitting. If you live in the city, the name "Memphis" should fit your property, too. After all, who wouldn't want neighbors, visitors, and even family members to praise their happy and healthy lawn? If you don't feel like your property lives up to the city's name, it's not too late to fix it. Learning the basics of lawn care and maintenance, starting with weed management and control, is a great first step towards a healthy property.
Typical Weeds in Memphis
Creating an established and beautiful yard in Memphis means eliminating weeds. Sometimes, you can even prevent weeds from growing in the first place. Many weeds emerge when your property is not adequately maintained, which means that taking good care of your grass, plants, and flowers can prevent unwanted pests. These are some of the most common weeds you might encounter.
- American Burnweed
- Annual Sedge
- Catchweed Bedstraw
- Hairy Buttercup
- Red Clover
- Spiny Sowthistle
- Wild Garlic
American burnweed, notes the University of Tennessee, is an annual weed that grows in the summer. It is a tall plant with a long, straight stem. The weed appears in areas with full sun and rocky or impermeable soil. Since it can grow in harsh conditions, it has earned the nickname of "fireweed" for its ability to grow in areas that have been affected by fire. The leaves feature a deep mid-ridge that is white in color. The plant can give off a strong, unpleasant odor when crushed. Burnweed is a relatively new weed, but it is quickly becoming a problem across the Southeast.
Annual sedge is related to several other plants in the sedge family. As with the others, it can grow relatively quickly. However, the good news is that sedge is also fairly easy to control. One way to distinguish annual sedge from its cousins is its growth pattern. Annual sedge typically emerges later during the summer than most types of sedge. It is recognizable for its spiked seed head and tall stalk.
Bahiagrass is a warm season weed. It is a turfgrass that can wreak havoc on residential properties, commercial properties, and athletic fields. Bahiagrass has a shallow root system, which means that it is easy to pull from the ground. Bahiagrass is sometimes used in areas that need erosion control or soil stability, notes the University of Tennessee.
Blackberry stands out for its sprawling vine-like growth pattern. Its stems range in color from green to red, and they are covered by thick thorns. Blackberry bushes have thick, deep taproots that make chemical control more difficult. Manual weeding is the best method of management. In the summer, the bushes produce (edible) berries that range in color from red to black.
Catchweed bedstraw is a winter annual. It has mat-like growth patterns and typically appears in clusters. This weed primarily grows in flower beds and wooded areas. It can also surface in ornamental plantings. The leaves are covered with fine hairs, and the stem is covered in bristles. Catchweed bedstraw is similar in appearance to Smooth bedstraw and Field madder.
Goldenrod stands out for its picturesque yellow flowers, which usually appear in mid-summer. Goldenrod's stems are generally tall, straight, and unbranched. The term "goldenrod" actually refers to over 150 speciesThe hardy weed thrives in low-maintenance sites. While it can withstand drier conditions, it prefers to be in a moist or semi-moist environment.
Hairy buttercup is another species that is distinguished by a bright yellow flower. As the name suggests, it is also characterized by hairy leaves and stems. Hairy buttercup is similar to other species of buttercup, but it stands out for its prominence of hair.
Red clover looks very similar to White clover before it flowers. However, Red clover's leaves are typically covered with hair, while those of White clover are not. Red clover's stems also have a reddish tint. When the flowers emerge, they range from a pink to brighter red color. Red clover has a fibrous root system and leaves that have a distinctive "V" shape.
Spiny sowthistle is a winter annual. It has lobed leaves and grows in a basal rosette shape. Its leaves hug the stem and have thin, spiny margins. The stems range in color from green to purple, and both its leaves and stems produce a white milky sap when broken. Yellow flowers appear on sowthistle in the spring.
Wild garlic has hollow, tubular leaves. Small bulbs (garlic) appear on the ends as the plant matures. Wild garlic has a fibrous outer coating. When the plant is crushed or pulled out of the ground, it produces a distinctive garlic scent. Wild garlic has a perennial life cycle.
Annual Events in Memphis
Weeds are one annual event in Memphis that you can do without. But others you won't want to miss.
Blues Music Awards
The Blues Music Awards, held in January, have been a Memphis ritual for over 40 years. In addition to awarding prizes to the best blues musicians around, the festival is designed to celebrate the blues, expand awareness of the genre, and preserve the genre's heritage.
Southern Hot Wing Festival
Memphis is the self-proclaimed "Hot Wing Capital of the World." Each year in April, residents, and visitors unite for the annual hot wings festival, which is a celebration of all things related to chicken wings and spice. Highlights include a wing-eating contest and a cornhole tournament. There is also a cook-off and a barbecue at the event each year.
The word "beautiful" is part of Memphis's identity. Naturally, that means there's no time or place for weeds. If you are struggling to eradicate pesky weeds, or if you want to keep herbaceous invaders from destroying your lawn or garden, let Lawn Love, your local lawn care experts, come to the rescue. Contact us today to learn more about our services and find out how we can make your property look its best in no time.