A white lawn this fall is a good thing: how to control unwanted weeds.

September 13, 2019
Dave Wyman
A white lawn this fall is a good thing: how to control unwanted weeds

Dreaming of a white lawn…

Hold on, we’re not talking about snow, so don’t panic! We are all hoping for a nice, long fall before Old Man Winter appears.  However, we would like to see a white lawn this fall for a different reason. The white we are talking about doesn’t need to be shoveled and is actually a good thing. It is a sign that our hard work is paying off and that the troublesome weeds in your yard are dying.  

Weeds to look out for this fall.

yard with white weeds

Crabgrass, foxtail and nutsedge are just some of the more common weeds found in lawns around the Omaha Metro area. These can all be reduced and controlled with natural products by Paradise Lawns.

Crabgrass and Foxtail – These annual weeds find their way into your yard through various weather elements, wind, animal carriers and birds.

Crabgrass weeds turn white when treated with our weed control product

Nutsedge – Part of the sedge family, nutsedge grows at a faster rate than grass, so it is often mistaken as a spot missed by the mower. However, the yellow color to the blades are a giveaway that it is a weed, not grass.


To learn more about these common weeds, check out our past blog, “Weed Me Alone: how to keep weeds from bothering your lawn.” 

Safety for you and the environment.  

With our recent weather patterns of cool, rainy weather followed by warm, summer-like days, many weeds have found new life and are thriving once again. This doesn’t mean you have to put up with a yard full of unsightly weeds this fall though. Paradise Lawns can apply a spray treatment derived from the bottle brush plant. It prevents photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is needed by plants to turn sunlight into energy.  “If a plant doesn’t have photosynthesis, it doesn’t grow and will die. When a plant is unable to derive energy using photosynthesis, it turns white before dying off. So, seeing white in your yard shows that our spray treatment is working and that your weeds are being controlled.

In addition, Paradise Lawns cares about your family’s health as well as the environment, so we use products that are safe. With allegations in the recent news about chemical-based weed control products causing health issues, like Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, it is smart to be concerned about what you use to treat your property. We apply organically acceptable and reduced risk (as determined by the EPA) weed control products. An example is our use of Tenacity®, . It is great for both established lawns and seeded turf. And the best thing is that you don’t have to choose between a great lawn, the environment or your health!

Weeds turn white

 Weed Control along with Fall Maintenance

Our weed control treatment won’t put your fall maintenance on hold. In fact, we encourage you to schedule your fall aeration, overseeding and topdressing with compost soon if you haven’t already. The benefits are numerous and discussed in more detail in our August 22 blog titled, “Aeration, Overseeding and Topdressing: Fall RX for a healthy summer lawn.” Crowd out weeds with strong, healthy turf-grass through annual aeration! “The best defense against weeds is a thick, well-managed lawn that will compete with weeds.

Aeration is good for fall lawn care and weed control

While it is true that chemical weed control treatments can pose a problem with overseeding because “most preemergence herbicides cannot distinguish between crabgrass seed and turf grass seed.” The products we use, like Tenacity®, are different. The active ingredient is “mesotrione” which is safe to use on bluegrass and fescue seedlings right away. So there is no reason to wait to overseed because you have weeds. Overseeding benefits your lawn by introducing new grass seed strains that are increasingly manufactured to resist weeds.

certified grass seeds are more weed and drought resistant.

Topdressing with compost provides your seeds and grass additional nutrients, which enables them to grow stronger.  

hand holding compost which provides nutrients to lawns


So, if you have an increase in weeds and want to see your lawn turn white this fall before the snow flies, call Dave at 402-612-1527 or send Paradise Lawns a message. We would love to add your home to our schedule and take care of those weeds, so they don’t return in the spring.


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