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Lawn Care Tips for Speedwell, Spurge and Tall Fescue

by on March 27, 2013

There are quite a few varieties of speedwell that can occur in your landscape, all differentiated by petite, lobed, and plentiful leaves, and by minuscule white or purple flowers. The scallop-edged leaves are paired, emerging opposite of one another. Heart-shaped seed pods develop on the stems beneath the flowers.

Speedwells tend to emerge fairly early in the season, sprouting as early as late winter. Most are set apart by creeping stems that root at the nodes. These weeds are known to prosper in chilled, damp soils where turf has become thin and sparse.

Spurge is a weed that can grow from 6 to 36 inches in height. Vertical stems bear linear, alternating leaves of a bluish-green shade. The species show yellow-green inflorescence on an umbel near the apex of the stem. The yellow-green bracts are the brightest and eye-catching aspect of the plant. A milky white sap (latex) is discovered in all areas of the plant, and aids in recognition. Spurge exists principally in non-cropland environments, including roadsides, prairies, savannas and woodlands. It is able to thrive in a wide range of surroundings, from moist to very dehydrated soils.

Tall fescue does produce short rhizomes but tends to grow in bunches. Stems reach to a height of 3 to 4 feet, and have broad, dark green basal leaves. Leaf blades are glossy on the underside and serrated on the margins. The leaf casing is smooth.

Weeds can become a serious problem for your land if not properly taken care of and removed. Your local landscaping authority can treat your landscape to make sure speedwell, spurge and tall fescue never make a dent in your Long Island lawn.

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