Types of Weeds That are Difficult to Control in North Texas

bermuda grass

Maintaining a lush, vibrant lawn in North Texas can be challenging, especially with the prevalence of stubborn weeds that seem to thrive despite your best efforts.

In this article, we will delve into some of the most notorious weed varieties in the area, exploring their characteristics and offering insights into effective control strategies.

Cyperus Rotundus

Nutsedge

nutsedge

Nutsedge, also known as nutgrass, is a perennial weed that plagues many North Texas lawns.

Recognizable by its triangular stem and distinctive, glossy leaves, nutgrass is a formidable opponent in the battle for a pristine lawn.

Its extensive underground rhizome system allows it to spread rapidly, making it notoriously difficult to eradicate.

Another primary challenge with nutsedge is its ability to produce underground tubers.

These tubers serve as a storage organ, allowing the plant to persist even after above-ground growth is removed.

Control Strategies

Paspalum Dilatatum

Dallisgrass

dallisgrass

Dallisgrass is a coarse, clumping perennial grass that is highly invasive in North Texas lawns.

It stands out with its tall, seed-bearing stalks and distinctive seed heads. Dallisgrass produces a significant number of seeds, which can lead to rapid infestations.

It thrives in areas with poor drainage and compacted soil, making it a common nuisance in lawns with drainage issues.

Its deep and extensive root system can withstand drought conditions better than many other grass species.

Control Strategies

Sorghum Halepense

Johnson Grass

johnson grass

Originally introduced as a forage crop, Johnson grass has become one of the most aggressive and challenging weeds in North Texas.

It features tall, coarse stems with broad, flat leaves, making it easily recognizable.

This perennial grass weed is known for its resilience; it can regrow from its extensive root system or from dormant rhizomes.

When it spreads via underground rhizomes, it is able to rapidly expand its territory, making it difficult to eradicate without affecting desirable plants.

Control Strategies

Cynodon Dactylon

Bermuda Grass

bermuda grass

While Bermuda grass is a popular lawn choice, it can become an unwelcome intruder when it encroaches on flower beds, gardens, and other landscaped areas.

This warm-season grass spreads rapidly through both above-ground runners (stolons) and below-
ground rhizomes, making it a formidable opponent.

Control Strategies

Oxalis Spp.

Oxalis

oxalis grass

Often referred to as "sourgrass" due to its tart taste, oxalis is a common weed in North Texas lawns. It boasts delicate, clover-like leaves and small, yellow flowers.

Oxalis is particularly challenging because it spreads by seed and underground bulbs, allowing it to persist even after manual removal. If you would like to know more about clover, read our article on types of clover lawns.

Control Strategies

Violaceae Spp.

Violets

violet grass

There are hundreds of species of violets, but wild violets, in particular, spread through underground stems called rhizomes.

They are also extremely resilient because they have a taproot that can penetrate deep into the soil and access nutrients from lower soil layers.

Additionally, they produce many seeds, which can result in rapid and widespread infestations.

Control Strategies

Bothrichhloa Ischaemum

King Ranch Bluestem

king ranch blue stem

King Ranch Bluestem, scientifically known as Bothriochloa ischaemum var. songarica, is a warm-season perennial grass that exhibits vigorous and rapid growth.

It can quickly dominate an area, outcompeting desirable plants for resources.

A single plant is capable of producing thousands of seeds, which can easily be dispersed by wind, water, or even human activity.

This grass also has allelopathic qualities, meaning it can release chemicals into the soil that can inhibit the growth of other plants.

Control Strategies

Continuing Weed Control

Maintaining a weed-free lawn in North Texas can be demanding, especially when faced with these stubborn varieties.

However, with a combination of targeted herbicides, strategic landscaping, and consistent maintenance practices, it is possible to keep these weeds at bay and enjoy a lush, healthy lawn.

Remember, persistence and vigilance are key in the ongoing battle against these resilient intruders.

If you find these weeds too difficult to control on your own, give us a call at Gecko Green! Our trained technicians can assist in getting your lawn back under control.

Keep in mind that we do check for all of the aforementioned weeds when we analyze your lawn.

After we have completed your lawn analysis, we will make recommendations and inform you of our plans for your yard.

We do ask that you please have patience with this process, as it sometimes takes a couple of seasons to resolve certain issues. However, if you have faith, the lawn of your dreams is right around the corner!

Call for a free quote today!