A beautiful, green lawn is the envy of every homeowner. But achieving that perfect lawn is no easy feat. One of the biggest challenges to having a luscious lawn is controlling weeds. Weeds can quickly take over a lawn if not managed properly. So, what are the most common types of weeds, and how can you control them? Read on to find out.
Why Does Your Lawn Have Some of the Most Common Types of Weeds in the First Place?
Before we get into the different types of weeds, it’s important to understand why your lawn has them in the first place. There are a few reasons why weeds exist in lawns. The most common reason is that they are brought in from other areas. If you walk through a weedy area and then step on your lawn, you’re likely to transfer weed seeds to your lawn.
Another common reason for weeds is that they are already present in the soil. If you have a new lawn, chances are the seed mix already contained weed seeds. And finally, weeds can also blow into your yard from neighboring properties.
Best Methods for Removing Most Common Types of Weeds
You’ll need to tailor your removal approach depending on the type of weed you’re dealing with. We’ll go further into detail regarding specific methods, but here are some common removal procedures you can use to rid your lawn of weeds:
- Herbicide application
- Dig the weeds up by hand
- Mow your lawn regularly
Now that we know how to remove weeds that end up on our lawns, let’s take a look at some of the most common types of weeds.
Top 5 Most Common Types of Weeds
Dandelions are one of the most common weeds in North America. They are easily recognizable by their bright yellow flowers and long, slender leaves. Dandelions reproduce rapidly and can quickly overwhelm a lawn if left uncontrolled.
To control dandelions, the best method is to remove them by hand before they have a chance to flower and spread their seeds. If you have a small number of dandelions, you can dig them up with a trowel or hoe. For larger infestations, you may need to use a weed whacker or herbicide. Glyphosate-based herbicides are effective at killing dandelions without harming the grass around them.
A type of grassy weed that gets its name from its crab-like appearance (i.e., it has short, stubby leaves that grow close to the ground), crabgrass tends to like warmer climates and usually begins to appear in early spring. It reproduces via seed, so if not controlled, it can quickly take over a lawn.
The best way to control crabgrass is to prevent it from germinating in the first place. This can be done by regularly mowing your lawn (so the crabgrass seeds don’t have a chance to sprout), removing thatch (a layer of dead stems and roots that builds up over time), and fertilizing your lawn (to encourage healthy grass growth). You can also use an herbicide, but make sure to apply it before the crabgrass seeds have a chance to germinate.
3. White clover
White clover is a member of the pea family and is easily recognizable by its three-lobed leaves and white flowers. It is commonly found in lawns across North America and Europe. White clover is considered a weed because it crowds out other plants and grasses; however, some people consider it beneficial because it fixes nitrogen in the soil (i.e., it enriches the soil). It also attracts bees, which helps pollinate other plants in the area.
Despite its benefits, many people still consider white clover to be a nuisance because it competes with other plants for resources like water and sunlight. If you want to get rid of white clover, the best method is to use an herbicide during the spring or fall (when the plant is actively growing). Glyphosate-based herbicides are effective at killing white clover without harming other plants around it.
Chickweed, a member of the carnation family, features small white flowers and spear-shaped leaves. It typically appears in early spring but can remain active throughout the year (depending on the climate). Chickweed prefers shady areas but will also grow in sunny areas if given enough moisture. It reproduces via seed, making it difficult to control if not managed properly.
The best way to control chickweed is to remove it by hand before it has a chance to flower and spread its seeds around your yard or garden plot. You can also use an herbicide, but make sure originally apply when chickweed first appears in your yard (before it has a chance to go to seed). Glyphosate-based herbicides are effective at killing chickweed without harming other plants around it.
5 . Plantain
Plantain is a member of the plant family and is easily recognizable by its large, oval-shaped leaves. You can find plantains on lawns, gardens, and parks across North America. Plantain is considered a weed because it crowds out other plants and grasses; however, some people consider it beneficial because it can be used medicinally (for example, the leaves can be used to make a compress for bruises and insect bites).
If you want to get rid of plantain, the best method is to use an herbicide during the spring or fall (when the plant is actively growing). Glyphosate-based herbicides are effective at killing plantain without harming other plants around it.
Weeds can be a nuisance, but with proper care and management, you can control them. The best way to control weeds is to prevent them from germinating in the first place. Regularly mow your lawn, remove thatch, and fertilize your lawn to keep weeds at bay. You can also use an herbicide, but make sure to apply it before the weed seeds have a chance to germinate.
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