What Is Black Medic?
Black Medic, is a Summer annual weed. This means that it germinates sometime in the late Spring, grows well during the heat of Summer, then dies off with the cold weather. Black Medic is sometimes referred to as Yellow Clover because it looks like Clover but has a yellow flower.
Why Do I Have Black Medic?
A little Black Medic is normal. It will fill in bare areas during the heat of Summer. A lot of Black Medic indicates that your grass is being mowed too short in the Spring and Summer, and that your grass types are not strong or healthy enough to compete with the weed.
What Can I Do About Black Medic?
Since Black Medic has a short lifespan, the bulk of your effort should go into improving your lawn to prevent it the following year. But there are a few things you can do to eliminate the weed right away. You can pick it! You don’t need to worry about getting too much of the roots, just get the main part of the plant. Another option for elimination is to use a natural weed suppressant, which will be successful, but also causes stress on the existing grasses, so use it sparingly.
How Do I Prevent Black Medic Next Year?
Black Medic and other annual weeds will emerge where your lawn is not competing. It could be that you’re just mowing your lawn too short and keeping your lawn from competing. It could also be that the grasses you have are weak and old and just don’t fight that well. If you have older poor grasses, a total Lawn Renovation might be the best choice. If you don’t want to go that far, simply Slice Seeding what you already should make a big difference.
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