Larry Williams, UF/IFAS Extension Agent for Okaloosa County, offers lawn and garden advice specific to Northwest Florida.
689-5850 or 729-1400, Ext. 5850
I’ve seen people use herbicides to control weeds in an old, declining lawn. Then, with all the weeds gone, the lawn’s owner suddenly realized that he or she had no lawn left.
Sometimes the best solution is to start over. Many older, thinning, declining, weedy lawns need to be reestablished. As lawns decline and thin, the weeds move in. When you reach the point where there is less than sixty percent desirable cover, reestablishment should be considered.
In the process
Correct identification of a weed is the first step in control of that weed. Most weeds that are dominant in our lawns, landscapes and gardens now are winter annuals. They stand out in late winter and early spring. Most are blooming now with white, yellow and purple flowers. It may appear that these weeds suddenly came from nowhere. But in fact they started their lives back in late fall or early winter.
During this transition time from winter to spring, these very visible winter annual