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.