We all love a beautiful, healthy green lawn. However even with our best efforts, pesky weeds continue to try and undo our hard work.Here are ten common weeds with pictures and descriptions that will help you identify the problem so you can nip it at the root.
Bentgrass is an invasive weed but also sometimes the grass of choice for golf courses and for some lawns where frequent fertilizer and mowing is desirable. The grass is shallow rooted and patches will appear as fine-textured, puffy patches and can be dug out completely if you dig down to a level of at least one inch and remove the turf.
Chickweed comes in two species; mouse-ear chickweed and common chickweed are perennial and annual respectively. Mouse-ear chickweed can grow into dense patches on your lawn, while common chickweed has delicate broad leaves about half an inch long. What is a weed to some is not to others, chickweed has a history in folk medicine and is a useful food supply for birds; chickweed is prolific in the spring under wet and cool conditions.
Clover has a good and bad side and clover seeds were, not so long ago, loaded into grass seed as a source of nitrogen. However, once clover gets a hold it will affect the look of your lawn drastically. On the upside, you might just find that four leafed clover and the flowers do attract bees from spring right through to fall.
Crabgrass is a warm season annual than can be upright or flat and is multi-branched. Crabgrass can form a mat and the large variety if left unchecked can grow up to three feet high. Large crabgrass has flat, sharply pointed blue-green leaves, while smooth crabgrass, which grows to a height of 15 inches, has dull green leaves with a purple tinge.
Dandelions are lovely to look at with their bright yellow blooms but the plant can quickly disrupt and disfigure your lawn. Classified as a broad-leaf-weed, dandelions can be controlled by manual means or via herbicides. However, because of their ability to spread in the wind, if there are uncontrolled dandelions in your neighborhood your battle may be a long one.
Ground Ivy is also known as creeping Charlie or catsfoot. The plant is a tough weed to control as it is hard to pull out and is resistant to many commercial broadleaf weed killers. Ground Ivy has other uses, the plant was one of a number of herbs used to clarify beer by the Saxons and it can have a pleasant aroma when mowed.
Nimblewill is found across the U.S. east of the Rockies. The weed is a shallow rooted warm-season perennial grass that gets a foothold in bare spots in your lawn or in your nearby flower beds, where it quickly spreads into your lawn areas. Caught early, Nimblewill is best pulled out by hand.
Broadleaf Plantain is a vigorously growing broad leaf weed with oval leaves that are slightly hairy that will take advantage of your lawn’s bare spots to invade. Once established, plantain is difficult to get rid of; take prompt, manual action.
Quackgrass although a grass species in its own right is not going to enhance the look of your lawn with its long tapered blades attached to hollow stems and a very strong, root system; Quackgrass is spread by birds and also by mowing once it goes to seed. The grass also spreads by producing rhizomes; these underground stems can sprout when broken to form new plants.
Spotted Spurge is a summer broadleaf weed that will establish itself in your lawn’s bare spots but can also infest healthy lawns. Look for a low growing plant that forms a mat up to 16 inches across with a central taproot. Spurge’s leafs are oval and up to three quarters of an inch long, sometimes with a purple spot in the center.
We’ve identified ten species of the peskiest weeds, hopefully you will be able to identify and destroy!