Henbit Weed in Lawns
Fall and winter are prime-time for weeds in Texas.
Fall and winter are prime-time for weeds in Texas. Henbit (Lamium amplexcaule) is a prolific winter-grower. It prefers cool, moist soil so now is a perfect time for it to thrive. Henbit also loves freshly seeded lawns that are not fully grown in and dormant lawns as well.
You’ll recognize it by its upright, spreading growth habit, furry lower leaves and tiny purple flowers in early spring. Henbit usually grows 6-inches tall and 1-foot wide, with purple flowers at the ends of the stems in small whorls. Plants can root along their stems in spring, meaning they can spread and multiply faster. Henbit is part of the mint family, so it’s a vigorous grower!
Keeping turf mowed at the proper height for your species of grass and making sure not to overwater in fall and winter can help prevent weeds. Adding a layer of mulch to garden beds in fall and winter will also suppress weed seed germination. You can also choose to put down a synthetic or organic pre-emergent in early fall as a preventative treatment. As always, a healthy, thick lawn is your best defense. A year-round program of organic lawn and garden maintenance will offer long-term success.
Need more help ridding your winter garden of weeds? Give us a call. Weeds now will mean more in spring. Let us help you help your landscape!