Common Broadleaf Weeds in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma – and Why Weed Control is Critically Important

Common Broadleaf Weeds in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma – and Why Weed Control is Critically Important

What is a Weed?

We occasionally get asked the question, ‘What is a weed?’

Simply put, a weed is a ‘plant out of place’. It’s a plant that might be a great plant – it might be a useful plant – it might even be a pretty plant – when it’s not in your lawn or on your property.

But when this plant is out of place and ends up in your lawn…well, then it’s not so great…or useful…or pretty for that matter. It’s downright damaging and annoying and…well…ugly.

Keeping Ahead of Weeds

That’s why it’s so important to keep ahead of weeds in your lawn and in your landscape. Once they get a foothold in on your property, they affect the health of your lawn and your landscape plants by sucking important nutrients from the plants you want.

As they are masters at spreading and propagating, weeds can also quickly take over an area of your lawn or landscape – often without you noticing until its too late. And once established in that area, they can be very hard to remove without doing some damage to your lawn.

With that being said, Ryan Lawn & Tree has treatment plans for both pre-emergent and post-emergent weed control. When used in tandem with each other, these two weed control strategies combine to provide the best weed control results for most lawns in the Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma areas.

What Broadleaf Weeds are Common in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma?

Weeds are a diverse bunch; there are more types of weeds than there are flavors of coffees at your favorite coffeehouse. For this post, we’ll focus on broadleaf weeds that are common in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

By definition, broadleaf weeds are ‘dicots with paired cotyledons (two seed leaves that usually appear during germination) and are characterized by their broad leaves with a network of veins’. As the name implies, broadleaf weeds have leaves that are typically broad (as opposed to grassy weeds, whose blades are narrow), with veins visible in the leaves.

Plantain and other broadleaf weeds steal precious water and nutrients from your grass.

Ragweed is troublesome for your lawn as well as people with allergies!

With this definition in mind, here is a list of some common broadleaf weeds that can end up in your grass or on your property, if you reside in Kansas, Missouri, or Oklahoma:

  • Broadleaf Plantain
  • Buckhorn Plantain
  • Bull Thistle
  • Carpetweed
  • Chickweed
  • Curly Dock
  • Dandelion
  • Flea Bane
  • Groundsel
  • Jimsonweed
  • Ladysthumb
  • Lambsquarters
  • Mayweed
  • Nettleleaf Goosefoot
  • Pokeweed
  • Prickly Lettuce
  • Ragweed
  • Red Sorrel
  • Shepherd’s Purse
  • Sow Thistle
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Sweet Clover
  • White Clover

Quite a list of culprits, wouldn’t you agree? The good news is, no matter what types or combinations of broadleaf weeds you have on your property, Ryan Lawn & Tree has an effective weed control plan to combat them.

Ryan’s pre-emergent plans will stop broadleaf weeds before they grow; our post-emergent treatments remove the obnoxious weeds from your property, without doing any appreciable damage to your turf or landscaping. The result? Your lawn and landscaping stay free from those ‘plants out of place’, which enhances the health, vitality and appearance of your property.

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