Common lawn weeds in Texas make lawns appear untidy and unhealthy because lawn weeds in Texas grow faster than lawn grass between cuttings. Also, weeds can spread plant diseases as insects move from one plant to another. Common lawn weeds in Texas lawns consume water, fertilizer and sunlight meant for desirable plants and grasses.
Broad-leaf Weeds in Texas Lawns
Broad-leaf weeds thrive in disturbed soil. They have adapted to cover bare ground quickly and stabilize the soil. Examples of broad-leaf weeds in Texas lawns are poison ivy, pigweed, purslane and chickweed.
Grassy Weeds in Texas Lawns
The growth habit of a grassy weed can resemble lawn grass. However, grassy weeds are prolific seed producers and usually have conspicuous seed heads. Also, grassy weeds have tough roots so they can recover easily from grazing pressure in the wild. Examples of grassy weeds are Bermuda grass, Johnson grass and grassbur.
Annual weeds are weeds that grow one or two seasons and produce seeds that sprout when weather conditions are favorable. Weed seeds can remain viable in the soil for several years. Examples of annual weeds in Texas lawns are crabgrass, henbit, sandbur, wild oats, woolly cupgrass and barnyard grass. Both grassy and broad-leaf weeds can be annual weeds.
Perennial weeds die back to the ground and reappear when conditions are favorable. They not only produce seeds, but also are spread by underground roots and rhizomes. Examples of perennial weeds in Texas lawns are yellow nutsedge, Johnson grass, Bahia grass, Bermuda grass, dallisgrass, white clover and bindweed. Both grassy and broad-leaf weeds can be perennial weeds.