What Is a Weed?

Anyone who has taken care of a patch of grass before has probably come across a dandelion, crabgrass, or another type of plant that is not supposed to be there. From this experience, we arrive at the actual definition of a weed. Put simply, any plant that grows where it shouldn’t be growing or where you do not want it to grow is considered a weed.

Based on this definition, even something as beautiful a rose can be a weed if it was not intended to grow where it is growing. That said, most of the weeds people deal with in Southeast Texas are not pretty like roses, and they can actually be quite difficult to get rid of or control.

Weeds are typically resilient and unsightly plants that grow from small seeds. These seeds are usually blown in by the wind, carried to your lawn in water, or transported by animals. They can even be part of low-quality grass seed! It is difficult to know whether there are weed seeds in your lawn, and it can be even more challenging to know where they are. This is especially true if they have not yet sprouted.

In order to sprout, weed seeds need to get plenty of moisture and sunlight. If they do not receive these things, then they sometimes rest in your yard for years until the conditions become good enough to sprout. Even if you took care of all the weeds you could see in your lawn last year, there could still be seeds waiting to grow.

Types of Weeds

As we mentioned above, weeds are defined in an extremely broad way. For that reason, it can be beneficial to talk about common types of weeds that can negatively affect your lawn.

Weeds can be classified by how long they live and how many years they take to grow. There are three types of weeds based on this classification:

  • Annuals
  • Biennials
  • Perennials

Annual weeds are undesired plants that undergo an entire lifespan in a single year. In warm climates like Southeast Texas, annuals can actually last longer than a year.

In contrast to annuals, biennials and perennials take multiple years to go through all the stages of life. Biennials take two years to grow from a seed into a full plant and then die, while perennials can grow year after year. Longer lifespans typically make these weeds more difficult to control.

You can also classify weeds by the way that they look. Some weeds, such as crabgrass, take on a grassy appearance. These weeds can look similar to your grass and even blend in with it in some cases. In contrast, there are weeds such as clovers, which are broadleaf weeds. These look differently than grass and can be easier for an inexperienced person to spot.

What Is Weed Control?

Weed control is the process of killing or removing unwanted plants from an area. In the case of Pest Arrest, weed control pertains to ridding lawns of weeds. You may wonder why it is so important to get rid of weeds in your lawn.

We mentioned earlier that weed seeds need moisture and sunlight to grow. Even if you have a rudimentary understanding of plants, you probably understand that your grass also needs these things to grow. Unfortunately, there is only so much water and sunlight to go around.

As a result, weeds steal water, sunlight, and nutrients from your grass. Since there are so many weeds, there are bound to be some that are more resilient than your grass. When they steal water and nutrients, the resilient weeds will begin to grow instead of the grass, ultimately killing it in the process.

When left unchecked, they can spread uncontrollably and take over your entire yard. If that were to happen, your lawn would no longer be a pleasant, enjoyable place to spend time. It would get overrun with itchy, rough, and annoying weeds.

Avoiding that outcome is the goal of weed control. At Pest Arrest, our team is committed to helping you take care of any pests that keep you from living comfortably. That commitment includes taking care of weeds and ensuring that you have cool, green, and healthy grass in your lawn.

Common Methods of Weed Control

There are two common methods of weed control. First, weeds can be removed manually. This method involves someone going through and removing a weed using either their hands or a garden tool.

The other method of weed control involves using herbicides. There are several types of herbicides, but all of them are designed to kill plants at varying stages of life. Some herbicides, such as pre-emergent herbicides, kill weeds before they even sprout. Others kill plants after they have started to grow, typically on contact with the plant itself.

At Pest Arrest, we are experts in the different methods of weed control. Give us a call and we can help you figure out the best method for your particular circumstances. Whether you need a whole yard of weeds taken out, or you need to kill a few weeds before they sprout, we can help.