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The Bad News About Winter Weeds

Hello Gardeners, I'm Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow! Oh, my goodness, some people are just having a fit about how their lawns are looking. Winter weeds, which germinated back in October, grew slowly for several months without anyone much noticing them. But as we get closer to spring - yes, in spite of this cold, spring is coming- those weeds get big and really showing up against the brown turf grass.
 
The bad news is that it’s too late to do much about those winter weeds. Big weeds are hard to kill and many have already set seeds so the damage is done. There is something you can do now and that is to identify the weeds you have. Your local Extension office can help if you bring fresh material to them.  Then you can make plans to apply a pre-emergent herbicide next October that will help get the annual winter weeds under control. 
 

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.