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Weed Control for Lawn and Garden

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Publication Number: P3200
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Publication Number: P3187


Unwanted yard and flowerbed weeds such as this common dandelion can be avoided by using herbicides before spring begins and fertilizing lawns after the threat of frost has passed. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Nathan Gregory)
February 5, 2016 - Filed Under: Weed Control for Lawn and Garden

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Spring is still several weeks away, but now is a good time to prevent unsightly weeds from invading home lawns when the weather warms up.

A common weed control method during late winter and early spring is the use of herbicides. Preemergence herbicides are sprays or granular formulas -- many of which also include fertilizer -- that can be used to kill weeds before they start to grow. Postemergence herbicides are best for use on weeds not controlled by the preemergence treatment.

Plants growing near an herbicide application site can absorb chemicals from the soil that were intended for another plant.
January 15, 2016 - Filed Under: Weed Control for Lawn and Garden

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Chemicals are effective tools for managing weeds and unwanted brush in a landscape, but overlooking their potency or staying power frequently causes unwanted plant casualties.

Dr. Dan Reynolds
February 5, 2014 - Filed Under: Weed Control for Crops, Weed Control for Forages, Weed Control for Lawn and Garden

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Southern Weed Science Society recently honored several Mississippi State University students and faculty members for their outstanding contributions.

Alana Blaine of Starkville won first place in the Master of Science paper competition for her paper, titled “The Effect of Dicamba Concentration and Application Timing on Soybean Growth and Yield.” Blaine is an MSU graduate student studying weed science.

January 27, 2012 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Weed Control for Lawn and Garden, About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The Mississippi State University Extension Service has won a regional communication award for the television show Southern Gardening.

The two-minute episodes feature host Gary Bachman, an MSU Extension horticulturist at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. The show won a Blue Ribbon Communication Award from the Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

The Blue Ribbon award program began in 1987 to recognize outstanding contributions to horticultural education in written, video, audio or electronic form.

June 9, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Weed Control for Crops, Weed Control for Forages, Invasive Plants, Weed Control for Lawn and Garden

MISSISSIPPI STATE – State officials are asking for the public’s help in stopping the spread of cogongrass, one of the world’s worst weeds, which has invaded 62 of Mississippi’s 82 counties.

The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce-Bureau of Plant Industry is asking anyone who spots this invasive grass to report the sighting by calling (662) 325-3390. The problem is severe enough that a Mississippi Forestry Commission assistance program is available in 19 counties to help landowners get rid of the weed.

Success Stories

Turfgrass and Lawn Management, Weed Control for Lawn and Garden

If you want to get rid of weeds in your home lawn, now is the time to apply herbicides to control them.

Late February and early March is the ideal window to apply pre-emergent herbicides that control various weeds in home lawns. But you want to make sure you buy the right ones and apply them correctly.

headshot of Dr. Jay McCurdy, PhD
Turfgrass and Lawn Management, Weed Control for Lawn and Garden

Are you longing for a great looking yard next summer – the kind that wins the neighborhood Yard of the Month award? Well, there are a few things you need to do now to get that lush, green carpet.


Lawn and Landscape Weed Management - MSU Extension Service
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 3:00pm

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Weed Scientist/Weed Control - Agronomic and Horticultural Crops and noncropland
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