On this labor day, I celebrate MY six years of labor fighting the dreaded gill-over-the-ground

I know this pic is kind of hard to figure out, but it’s a solid mass of my mortal enemy, henbit, or gill-over-the-ground. When I bought my old miners’ house six years ago the lawn was 98 percent henbit, one percent crabgrass and one percent grass.
After six years of persistent pulling and grass seeding, I’ve reclaimed maybe 20 percent of the lawn, so if I can only live to 130 or so I can whip it.
for me, THIS is the invasive that I hate…..

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Henbit Scouting and Prevention:

There are a few distinguishing features of Henbit. Their leaves grow opposite to one another with the upper leaves clasping to the square-like stems and have straight branching. A pink or purple cluster of flowers grows where the stem and leaf attach. When scouting for Henbit, it is most likely to be found in gardens, wastelands, ditches, and along roadsides. It stands about 6 inches tall and 1 foot or more across. The best way to prevent this pesky weed from growing on your property is to use pre-emergent herbicides before germination, which typically happens in September.

Henbit Control:

If you missed the pre-emergent stage of the plants life, you can use a broadleaf post emergence herbicide such as Trimec or Weed-B-Gon. The most important part about keeping the plant in control after it has emerged is making sure you put the herbicide on before the Henbit flowers and releases its seeds. Putting mulch 3 inches deep on gardens is another great way to prevent Henbit from appearing.

Latin / Alternative Henbit names:

  • – Lamium amplexicaule L.
  • – Lamier amplexicaule
  • – Pian de poule

Additional Henbit Resources

henhttp://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/ontweeds/henbit.htm

http://www.ediblewildfood.com/henbit.aspx

http://www.learn2grow.com/problemsolvers/weeds/preventioncontrol/BitingBackAtHenbit.aspx

 

Author: luzerne2112

As I get older -- and I'm 70 now -- I seem to find more and more that nature is the true source of peace, inspiration and, most of all, the truth the passeth understanding. Though my knowledge is sketchy and superficial, I wanted to share it while I can.

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