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The whole plant including the leaves, flowers, and the entire taproot have to be removed to avoid regrowth. Mowing wouldn’t be of much help because they will adjust their height to that of the grass and continue to grow. Use some weed killers during the spring and cut out any visible flowers, before they can mature and spread out their seeds.

Purslane is a succulent weed that grows very close to the ground. They can be found growing in lawns, yards, and landscape beds in almost all parts of the U.S. They have fleshy red stems that are surrounded by small, paddle-shaped, green leaves that grow outwards in a circular shape. They also have star-shaped, yellow flowers and are considered to be edible weeds.

Oxalis

Thistles are major invaders of agricultural lands and 22 U.S. states have declared them to be noxious weeds. These perennial weeds have soft, dark-greened, spear shaped leaves that has barbed ends with sharp spines. They produce clusters of purple colored flowers and if allowed to seed, the flowers will disperse seeds at maturity.

This annual weed looks similar to a grass when the lawn is freshly mowed and identifying it would be quite challenging. But when it grows it resembles Kentucky bluegrass, except for its shallow roots and lighter shade of green. There are more than 100 types and sub-types of this weed found throughout the U.S, some growing annually while others are perennial plants. They spread faster than common lawn grass and get dried up during the hot, humid seasons.

Oxalis, commonly called woodsorrel is a perennial weed that can be found throughout the U.S. It has heart-shaped leaflets that closely resembles clover and can be found growing in greenhouses, landscapes, and even in lawns. They can reach upto 4 to 12 inches in height and the leaves fold during the night, and open in the mornings to harvest sun. They can be found in thin lawns and grow well in sunny, humid regions.

It is perfect for a sunny spot with low footfall and it likes sandy soil that is not too dry or too moist. You can even spread the contents of a chamomile teabag as a cheap and easy way to get going. Mow or trim off the dead flower heads at the end of the season.

Do you need to walk through your lawn? A mown path looks attractive or you can position your meadow away from walking areas.

In future years, mow until early April but then leave any further mowing until late in the flowering season, to give the wildflowers the chance to set seed. Wait until September if you can, or at least mid-July. Cut to a few centimetres in height.

Create thyme and chamomile lawns

Consider alternative treatments to control problematic species. Spray water with washing up liquid on plants with an over-abundance of aphids, for example, and use serrated copper tape around prized pot plants to dissuade slugs and snails rather than resorting to slug pellets, which can harm their natural predators such as hedgehogs.

Grasses can also add structure, movement and colour to your garden. Consider sowing a wildflower lawn seed mix with a blend of different native grass species to add more variety to your lawn. Give the grasses a chance to flower by leaving them to grow.

Clover creates a great lawn for bees © Orangeaurochs (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Some wildflower species are traditionally thought of as weeds because they spread easily but they are actually very beneficial for bees and other pollinators. For example, the low-growing bird’s-foot trefoil, lesser celandine and selfheal.