Fleabane (Erigeron annus) is a herbaceous plant that is very common in most of North America including the state of Georgia. This plant is considered a weed by many, even though its flowering blooms resemble the daisy. Erigeron annus has simple leaves that are connected to hairy stems. The upper leaves of the plant can be toothed, and the lower leaves are large. Fleabane can reach up to three feet in height, causing it to shade out other plants including most grasses.
Where Fleabane Is Commonly Found
This weed is native to North America, so it is prominent in at least 43 states. It is widespread and can be found on lawns, in fields, roadsides, and in vacant lots. Fleabane is very hardy and can grow in just about any soil. This allows the plant to grow just about anywhere, including in clay and gravel. It is not uncommon to see fleabane growing in abandoned gravel parking lots across the country.
Fleabane Is A Heavy Pollinator
Bees, wasps, beetles, flies, and butterflies all feed on fleabane. Because so many insects flock to this plant, it spreads well and can be very prolific. Once established. this weed can quickly colonize an entire area and shade out any smaller plants. Proper lawn care is the only way to stop this weed from advancing onto your property.
Proper Lawn Maintenance Will Keep This Weed At Bay
In order to keep fleabane at bay, proper lawn care is needed. To rid your lawn of this fast-growing weed, you are going to have to be proactive. Pulling the plant by hand can be difficult due to its large taproot. Preventative pre-emergent herbicide treatments combined with post-emergent applications is the only sure way to control this very hard to get rid of weed. This weed control method allows you to attack the plant at several different stages, ensuring that it doesn’t overrun your property. A professional lawn service is often needed to help stop this plant from becoming a significant problem. With proper lawn care, this weed can be kept under control.