Dear Roger: What is your best advice on what to do about winter weeds in my centipede? - Hoyt Maxwell, Fayetteville
Dear Hoyt: My best advice is to enjoy the weeds. Winter weeds will bring you flowers from now through early spring.
First, you'll see small white flowers. Then will come small yellow flowers. Before long, wild onions will send up big heads of blooms. They smell delightful when mowed, but not on anyone's breath when they are nibbled. In early spring you will see tiny red-purple flowers and big yellow flowers with many petals. Also, many light purple flowers will appear. Some will be annual violas, and some will be short-lived annual lobelias. Then you'll see rust-red seed heads on wild rumex that's good in salads.
Mowing repeatedly can keep some of the plants from blooming and producing seed. That will limit their populations somewhat. But the dandelions and onions are perennial. They can return every year and multiply vegetatively.
I consider the green spots in the winter lawn to be creatively decorative. I especially like dandelions and wouldn't think of mowing them before they create their beautiful seed heads. The seeds go airborne with every breeze or puff from the cheeks of children of all ages.
Still, many people do not like winter weeds in their centipede. If you must kill winter weeds, there is a way. Active growth is their weakness. You can spray them will glyphosate. The glyphosate will not kill dormant centipede as long as their is no runoff.
Mist the leaves of the weeds with a strong concentration of glyphosate, also called Round-Up. Do not allow runoff or drift. Spray drift can damage nearby plants.
You must do this after the centipede is completely dormant and during a warm spell of several days above 60. Try to spray on the warmest day possible after several warm days. A day above 70 is ideal, but you may have to settle for 65 in January or February.
Spraying now would be too early. Wait until a week or two after... http://www.fayobserver.com/living/home_garden/your-garden-flowers-keep-on-blooming/article_37838200-dec7-588f-a48c-8e9f4279638b.html
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