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how to control henbitHenbit Control

Now is the time that cool-weather weeds begin to creep up into the yards of homeowners. One of the more prominent types of weed that invade lawns between winter and early spring is henbit. If not treated promptly, henbit can easily begin to spread amongst your lawn and flower beds which can be quite unsightly. Fortunately they are a relatively easy weed to control with the right product.

It is always helpful to know a little bit about the problem weed that invades your lawn so you know what it’s tendencies are in order to come up with a winning approach to controlling a weed. Take a read at our background info on henbit below.

Henbit Background Information

Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) is a sparsely hairy weed that grows annually in the winter time and has greenish to purplish, tender, square stems. Its other leaves are broadly egg shaped with bluntly toothed margins and prominent veins on the underside. Upper leaves are directly attached to the stem while the lower leaves have petioles. Henbit plants contain a fibrous root system and can grow to a height of 16 inches. Henbit is particularly easy to ID due to it’s distinctive flowers which are usually reddish purple in color with darker coloring in spots on lower petals. It flowers in the spring with the flowers arranged in whorls in the upper leaves.

Henbit is a fairly common weed in the U.S. that can be found just about anywhere.  The life cycle of the weed consists of henbit germinating in spring and summer in regions with cool summers, and bloom during winter down in the warmer south.  The plants die out around the start beginning of summer due to the high temperatures. Henbit  can quickly invade thin lawns where there is sufficient moisture in the soil, especially in shaded areas.

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Henbit Tips and Recommendations

The best method of controlling weeds is always to maintain a healthy, well-managed lawn that houses soil that will not allow weed seeds to germinate. Weed seeds thrive in soil that is moist and need daylight to sprout and develop. Soil that is dense and nutrient-rich will choke out young weed seeds before they can develop into mature plants.

A pre-emergent herbicide can be used in the fall if you are not planting new grass seed. Be sure to apply it in early fall before the weather turns cool and weed seeds germinate. Use one of our recommend herbicides above. If correctly applied in fall, an herbicide barrier will form on top of the ground so when henbit seeds begin to show up, they won’t be able to germinate as the herbicide will prevent it from doing so, killing the weed.


If henbit has already grown and matured on your lawn, we recommend the above post-emergent herbicides. These work best on weeds that are actively growing. The key with post-emergent herbicide treatment is timing the application before the weeds release their seeds – so you can kill next year’s crop before it even gets started.


As an alternative you can also spot treat henbit with glyphosate (Roundup), a non-selective post-emergent weed spray. Since it is non-selective, try your best to keep the herbicide from getting on your desired plants.


For more information on controlling henbit on your lawn and to get advice catered to your unique issue from experts, contact us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or call our customer service line at (800) 479-6583.

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