Category Archives: Weeds

Late Summer Lawn Weeds

(photo http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston./Weeds/Weed-ID-107-Virginia-Buttonweed.htm ) (photo http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston./Weeds/1200_x_800-JPGs/110-Fig_2–Chamberbitter-GC.jpg) Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County   Late Summer Lawn Weeds             As we are ending the summer months and heading into fall, many people are noticing weeds in their lawn and garden areas.  Chamberbitter, Viriginia Buttonweed, and grassbur are three weeds homeowners are starting to notice in their landscape. Chamberbitter (Phyllanthus urinaria) also known as Gripeweed, leaf flower or little mimosa, is a warm season, broadleaf, small tropical annual herb growing up to 2 feet tall. … Read More →

Thistle Control

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County  Thistles and Fall Control              Texas is home to more than ten species of thistle.  Thistles are common in dry or moist soils throughout Texas.  They thrive in disturbed or overgrazed areas, in abandoned fields and along roadsides.  So what should I do to control thistles? Bull thistle, Canadian thistle, plumeless thistle, and musk thistles are some of the common thistles found in East Texas.  Most thistles are considered a biennial plant.  This means the plant germinates… Read More →

Mow or Spray Weeds?

News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County   To Mow or to Spray To mow or to spray, that is the question?  People may be asking themselves this question on a regular basis when it comes to weed control.  What one product can I spray that will control all the weed species in my lawn or pasture?  Well the answer is it depends. A weed is in the eye of the beholder.  What I mean hear is what one person calls a weed others may… Read More →

Yellow Weeds in my Pastures?

    News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County What are these yellow flowers in my pasture? Have you noticed yellow flowers growing in your pastures lately? There are several plants with yellow flowers but the Texas Groundsel (Senecio ampullaceus) and Buttercups (Ranunculus spp.) are the most abundant right now. The Texas Groundsel is a cool-season annual herb.  It can grow to 12 to 30 inches tall.  The plant often looks whitish with hair but some can be hairless.  The unlobed, clasping leaves gradually reduce… Read More →

Control of Winter Weeds

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County Controlling Winter Weeds                 Last week in the Ag Biz news column, winter weeds were discussed.  The article discussed the types of weeds we are seeing in home lawns right now and went into a description of the weeds to help better identify these lawn weeds.  These winter weeds include dandelions, chickweed, henbit, burweed, and clovers in the home lawn.  This week I am following up with control options. So I have these weeds in my lawn,… Read More →