Spring Weed Control for Home Lawns


With Kansas lawns beginning to green up, homeowners are seeing an array of broadleaf weeds – including dandelions, knotweed, chickweed and henbit – caused by wet soils.
If dandelions are an issue but they haven’t completely overtaken the lawn, K-State Research and Extension turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle says there are a couple of treatment options.

With soil temperatures now above 55-degrees, Hoyle says a pre-emergence herbicide can be applied to control summer annuals, including crabgrass.

Because warm soils and cooler air temperatures help promote root growth, fall is the best time for fertilizing cool-season lawns, such as Bluegrass and Tall Fescue. However, if you didn’t get a fall application out or the lawn isn’t looking real healthy, Hoyle says a slow-release fertilizer can be applied in the spring.

Answers to your lawn care maintenance questions can be found at county or district Extension offices or by visiting the K-State Turfgrass Information web page at:

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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