Lambsquarters – also commonly known as Pigweed, White Goosefoot, Fat-hen, Mealweed, Frost-blite, and Bacon-weed – is a warm season annual broadleaf weed. Chenopodium album can be found in croplands, un-mowed areas, fallow fields, gardens, vacant lots, construction sites, recently disturbed areas and waste areas. Lambsquarters can be found in most of North America.
Identifying Lambsquarters -
Lambsquarters is a vertically growing, summer annual with a gray-mealy coating, particularly on the surfaces of younger leaves – hence the nickname “mealweed.” Its stems are vertically growing, branching and hairless, often with maroon strips. The lower leaves almost always irregularly toothed. Lambsquarters also has a short and branched taproot.
Blooming from May-October, Lambsquarters features small, petal-less flowers that are green in color and grow in tight bunches at the end of long spikes. Reproduction is by seed.
Lambsquarters Control -
Because of its upright growth habits and preference for low maintenance turf, good cultural weed control practices can be an effective supplement to professionally applied herbicides if removal is desired. These control practices include proper lawn mowing, watering and turf management.
Scotts LawnService recommends a selective systemic weed control program to fight Lambsquarters in your lawn and landscaping, which ensures the herbicide is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all.
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