For the last eight years, we have experienced an increasing number of days higher than 86 degrees. Do you remember the “heat dome?” That period of 100-plus weather lasted nearly a week in June 2021. Vast swaths of turf burned out. And because the grass leaves were dead, the soil was exposed to light. The various weed seeds hidden in the top few inches of soil germinated. Some people noticed splotches of weeds growing in their turf by late summer 2021.

Common bad guys
Spotted spurge, oxalis and purslane

Spotted spurge, oxalis and purslane moved into weak areas of turf after the damaging heat of 2021. The weeds need to be controlled this year before they produce thousands of new seeds.

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