12 May Fireweed, Why is it in my yard?
Fireweed—Why is it in my Yard?
Fireweed is a summer annual weed that occurs in the Mid-South, appearing in late March and lasting until around the first of June. This is an interesting weed in that our pre-emergent herbicides that we apply, do not affect this plant. This is because it germinates in the thatch layer of turf above the herbicide barrier that is applied to the soil. Particularly thatchy yards are more prone to have more of this weed than yards with less thatch. It is very easy to control with post-emergent sprays or even with routine mowing. Fireweed is very easily pulled out of the turf by hand since the root system in usually not in contact with the soil.
If this weed is occurring in your yard, rest assured that our treatments do contain a product that will kill it very quickly and easily. In most cases, like life in general, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Unfortunately with this particular weed, due to its growth characteristics, a pound of cure is our only option.