Common Weeds and Wildflowers Seen in North Texas
As the lawns in North Texas face more and more heat with intermittent rain, we are always delighted to see the hearty wildflowers native to North Texas. What’s less exciting are the common weeds that also populate many landscapes. In this article, Lawn Connections looks at the common weeds and wildflowers seen in North Texas.
Dandelions, a perennial weed, blossom spring through fall. Plants grow readily from seed and regrow from the prior year’s taproot. The cheery flowers provide an early source of nectar and pollen for bees. This weed is resilient, and some homeowners choose to coexist with the dandelion instead of fight it.
Ragweed is a major cause of hay fever. Plants are upright and bushy, growing up to three feet tall. Seeds are displayed on spikes at the ends of branches. Plants should be removed before they produce seeds, which are viable in the soil for five years or more.
Henbit germinates in winter and grows through the spring. Its tiny purple flowers seem insignificant, but they are an early source of nectar for butterflies lured into the air by unseasonably balmy days.
Bluebonnet begins blooming around the early spring. All six species of bluebonnet that grow in the state have been designated the State Flower by the Texas Legislature. This is a popular wildflower for family photos throughout the state.
Wildflower: Indian Paintbrush
Indian paintbrush blooms in early spring throughout the state. Several species exist, and the colors vary, including scarlet, orange, cream, yellow, and occasionally purple. The bright tips of the petal-like bracts look like they’ve been dipped in paint.
Wildflower: Indian Blanket
Indian blanket blooms from April to June across much of the state. When viewed in a mass, the brilliant combination of red, orange, and yellow resembles brightly woven fabric. This flower is also sometimes called the Firewheel.
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Common Weeds in Dallas
April showers bring May flowers – and weeds too! Spring is the season when nature leaps back into action after a long winter’s rest. We all love the plant and flower growth that surrounds us in the spring season; however, we must take the good plant growth with the bad. That’s right, warmer temperatures bring a slew of new weeds to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and you need to be prepared if you want to keep them out of your yard.
Knowledge is the best preparation, so let’s discuss the most common weeds that you may encounter in North Texas and why you need to know which weeds you’re fighting.
Why it’s important to identify weeds
When you notice an unsightly weed in your yard, your first thought is probably not, “Oh, I wonder what kind of weed that is?!” Your first thought probably had a few more expletives and groans involved. Well, you may want to rethink your approach because the sooner you identify the weed in your grass, the better off you’ll be.
One reason that identifying weeds is important is that herbicides used to remove weeds often work differently. Some are more effective for certain species of weeds or for specific groups of weeds.
You’ll also want to know whether this problem weed is an annual or perennial plant. Annual plants germinate from seeds and die all in the same year. They only live for one season, so their root systems aren’t very established or complex. This means that they are easier to control and to remove than perennial plants.
Perennial plants can live for 2 or more years and are harder to eradicate because they live long and keep coming back. Weed removal treatments will be much more effective if you know which type of plant you’re dealing with.
To properly treat your weed problem, you must know what weeds you’re battling.
If you’re not sure that you’ve correctly identified the weed, then be sure to have a professional lawn care company come take a look for you.
Blindly treating weeds is ineffective and can actually exacerbate the problem.
Three main groups of weeds in Dallas
Weeds are grouped based on their morphology, and there are three main groups that we need to concern ourselves with in the North Texas area. Broadleaf weeds are the first group, and they tend to be the easiest to spot in your yard. These weeds usually have leaf and flower growths that make them obvious to spot.
In the Dallas/Fort Worth area, you’ll definitely want to keep a sharp eye out for the second weed group known as grassy weeds. These weeds can be tough to remove and tough to notice. Most grassy weeds tend to blend in well with grass, especially in mowed grass where their seed spikes that often adorn them are mowed down.
The last group of weeds that you may encounter is the sedges. These weeds are grass-like in appearance, but they have triangular-shaped stems.