Yellow Foxtail In Home Lawns
We sure do love Weed Wednesday! This week we want to talk about a weed that resembles the tail of a fox. This grassy weed is not only a nuisance weed in your healthy lawn, but can cause allergies for you and your pets. It is even known to be a risk to your dog or cat since it can easily attach to your pets’ fur or even inside their mouth or ears. Let’s talk more about this troublesome weed, Yellow Foxtail (Setaria Pumila).
This summer annual weed, which germinates as temperatures rise in the spring, often grows in lawns, sidewalks, fields, and along roadsides.
Considered a clump-forming grassy weed, this plant will form clumps of foliage in fertile and dry soil. Its stems will grow erect and flat as well and can reach up to 3 feet in height. Leaves grow from these erect stems and are rolled into the bud. The leaves have long silky hairs at the base and can grow up to 12 inches in length.
Some homeowners will mistake this plant for crabgrass because it has flat leaf blades, but once the seed heads form in the summer it is very distinguishable from crabgrass.
When seed heads form, they are bristly barbed panicles that will turn yellow when fully matured. These barbed seeds can work their way onto any part of your pet’s paws, fur, or eyes all while still dispersing seeds throughout your lawn to continue its growth for the following season. Maintaining a dense, healthy lawn is the best thing you can do to help prevent and control this weed from growing and spreading. That’s where we come in.
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Yellow Foxtail Map
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