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Wild Carrots, AKA Queen Anne’s Lace, are a common weed in the Southeastern US, growing on the side of the road, in tall grassy areas, or purposefully in peoples’ flower beds.
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There are several ways to distinguish Wild Carrots from other weeds. The leaves look similar to parsley leaves; they have an opposite leaf arrangement and pinnate, meaning that they come off both sides of the stalk. Their unique flowers appear as one large cluster growing in a clump in the yard but are actually made up of many small white flowers. Each plant can produce anywhere from 1000 to 40,000 seeds. 🤯
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What can you do about Wild Carrots if you have them growing in unwanted areas?
🌱Make the area not conducive to their germinating by keeping your lawn thick and healthy.
🌱Appropriately applying a pre-emergent in the spring and fall (when they germinate) since their seeds can stay dormant in the ground for several years.
🌱Using a 3-way herbicide*, like Bayer Advanced Southern Weed Killer for Lawns Concentrate or Ortho Weed B Gon Weed Killer for Lawns Concentrate, to spot spray the Wild Carrots
At RLC, if we notice Wild Carrots in unwanted areas in your yard, we spot spray to get rid of them. We also apply properly-timed pre-emergents to target weeds like this so that they never germinate and become a recurring problem.
*Always check the label to make sure that the chemical is safe for your lawn type.