Marestail, otherwise known as Conyza canadensis, is a common weed that can be found in large areas of the United States. Native to North America, marestail has now spread to many parts of the world and is considered a noxious weed. It grows best in open fields where it has room to expand. Farmers around North America have been battling with this weed for many generations. Lawns also make the perfect growing environment for this weed because it has little competition for space. It does well along ditch banks, railroad tracks, and areas that contain waste such as landfills.
Marestail is a tall weed that grown up to 60 inches when mature. Being such a tall plant, it stands out from the rest of the landscape and is often easy to identify. This plant has a long hairy stem that is covered in green leaves, that lack stems of their own. The leaves are slender and are less than one inch in length. The edges of the leaves are toothed and have a jagged appearance. The flowing parts of this plant are white to pale purple and have a yellow disc in the middle of the floret.
Controlling Marestail with Proper Lawn Maintenance
Marestail can become a serious problem if not properly treated. While it is a big problem for farmers, it can also be a problem weed for homeowners as well. Keeping your lawn free of marestail can be a difficult job because it can become resistant to some herbicides. Pulling this weed manually is advised if found early. If Marestail has taken root in a significant area of your property, then you will need the help of a professional lawn care service. Marestail is fast spreading and weed control methods will have to be appropriately implemented to stop it.