Handy For These Fast-Growing Purple Weeds

December 17, 2018

When it comes to weeds in your lawn we strongly suggest preventive measures rather than having to deal with the unwanted growth — work smarter not harder, right?


If you know what to expect you can take a few simple, less-invasive measures to protect your lawn. A lawn care schedule could be the difference between long hours of yard work, and looking out your window with your morning coffee thinking, “That is one good lookin’ lawn.”

Purple Weeds

This weed pops up in your lawn and garden beds. It is commonly referred to by the following names:

  • Henbit,
  • Purple Weeds,
  • Purple Flowers,
  • Lamium Amplexicaule L., and
  • That Purple Stuff That Just Popped Up Overnight. — We’ll know exactly what you are talking about.


Henbit is one of the many weeds we see central Arkansas residents struggle with during January and February. It isn’t a tall weed. It grows close to the ground and has circular, flower-looking leaves. Of course, it also blooms purple flowers.

You’ve worked hard to create a beautiful lawn for your home. Don’t be discouraged. Henbit is very treatable.

How to get rid of these purple weeds.

Henbit spreads through seeds, so it is important that you deal with them before they have a chance to release more seeds into the air. They can be treated with post-emergent herbicides.

The best way to deal with these weeds is to treat for them before they even have a chance to take root. Add pre-emergent herbicides in October or September to your yearly lawn care schedule.

You can also treat Henbit with mulch. The weed won’t survive under at least three inches of mulch.

Need help?

Need some help with your purple weeds? It might be time to call a pro.

Henbit isn’t the only annual weed you need to prepare your lawn for. At Top Notch Turf we treat each of our customer’s lawns with a lawn care schedule. We’ll be ahead of the weeds, keeping your lawn looking great throughout the seasons.