Weeds in Georgia

The two main groups of weeds in Georgia are the broadleaf weeds, such as dandelion and chickweed, and the grassy weeds, such as crabgrass and goose grass. The best way to prevent weeds is to have a thick, healthy lawn. A thick Zoysia, Bermuda, or Fescue lawn prevents weeds by starving them of both nutrients and sunlight. However, it is often difficult to cultivate enough thickness for an adequate defense.

Professional lawn care companies can either take a proactive or reactive treatment strategy to weed control. The best lawn treatment companies follow the more expensive, proactive, weed-prevention strategy. To prevent weeds, they blanket treat the lawn for grassy weeds with a pre-emergent and also blanket treat with a broadleaf herbicide to stop broadleaf weeds.

The less expensive, reactive strategy, which some companies follow, calls for simply waiting for the weeds to appear and then treating the specific weed trouble spots with a hand sprayer. While the reactive strategy limits the cost for the lawn treatment company, the weeds must grow large enough to be noticed before they are attacked.