Hawkweed In Home Lawns
Another week, another weed. This week we want to talk about another perennial plant called Hawk Weed. While there are around 13 different types found in North America alone, this weed is found primarily in cooler northern states. Some species can be found growing as far south as North Carolina. It can very easily take over large areas of your lawn in a small amount of time. Closely related to sunflowers & dandelions, Hawk Weed belongs to the second largest family of flowers.
This perennial weed, which continues to regrow over a few seasons, is often seen in lawns, fields, pastures, & along roadsides. Once germination has occurred, erect stems with coarse hairs appear. This weed will also produce horizontal stems that will grow and creep along your soil’s surface until they take root and produce rosettes (circular arrangement of leaves). These rosettes will have 10in long leaves & if allowed to bloom, dandelion-like flowers will emerge that have no leaves and can grow up to 3ft tall.
Hawk Weed reproduces by airborne seeds that are dark brown and topped with a single row of bristles. Once it is able to reproduce, Hawk Weed can produce up to 25 flower heads during the growing season that can hold up to 12-30 seeds. A simple gust of wind can take these seeds and plant them in many areas of your lawn.
Once established these seeds can lay dormant on your soil for up to 7 years, waiting for the perfect weather conditions to take root and begin to grow. Before this happens, it is important that precautions are taken to prevent the weed from being allowed to germinate and grow. That’s where we come in.
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