WHY WEEDS GROW WHEN GRASS DOESN’T

August 1st, 2012 at 5:12 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog

I got to wondering about all the weeds in my yard (more than a normal year!).  If your grass is like mine, it’s a brown as sand, but every several feet there are tall, green weeds.

Tom Cummins of the Apple House tells me that weeds require 90 percent LESS nutirents than grass and also only a fraction of the water.  That means, while our yards are dormant or dead, weeds are flourishing.

Tom also told me that some weeds can lie dormant for YEARS, waiting for just the right growing conditions for their particular species.  Some of the weeds you’re seeing may have been dormant for many, many years, just waiting for a dry and hot summer.  I know there are some weeds I simply don’t recognize, so perhaps that’s the reason.

Research is being done on trying to make grass seed more like weeds, that is, drought resistent.  However, such grass seed is very expensive right now and a lot more research needs to be completed.

In the meantime, it’s time for me to go mow the…..weeds.

VIDEO Why Weeds Grow When Grass Doesn’t

 

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