The first step in pest management is to accurately identify the pest. Pests often look different in various stages of their life cycle and methods to successfully manage them vary depending on their present stage of development.
Weeds are not the cause of poor turf; they are the result of poor turf conditions. Here are some conditions along with weeds that are often found there:
Deep Shade: Ground Ivy; Wild Violet; Common Chickweed
Compacted Soil: Prostrate Knotweed: Goosegrass; Prostrate Spurge; Annual Bluegrass
Poor Drainage/Excess Moisture: Yellow Nutsedge; Moss; Annual Bluegrass
Low Nitrogen/Poor Fertility: White Clover; Black Medic; Birsfoot Trefoil
Heavy Wear: Common Yarrow; Annual Bluegrass