Crabgrass – Digitaria sp.
Buttonweed – Diodia virginiana
– Produces shoots and seeds
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Mollugo verticillatais a prostrate summer annual with smooth leaves that are light green in color and spoon-shaped. Leaves are arranged in whorls of five to six per node. Carpetweed flowers white, tiny, flowers arranged in clusters of two to five in mid-summer through early fall. It can be found throughout most of the United States.
Richardia scabra L. is a summer annual with branched, densely hairy stems from a taproot. The alternating leaves are oval-shaped and slightly rough with hairy margins and can be identified by its white, tubular, clustered flowers at the end of its branches. Florida Pusley can be found in the Southeast, Northeast and Midwestern Unites States.
Medicago lupulina L. is a taprooted summer annual or, less commonly, a winter annual or biennial. Black Medic is dark green in appearance, with leaves composed of three leaflets on long petioles. Black Medic can be found throughout the continental United States and Hawaii – especially in lesser or unmaintained turf.
Kyllinga brevifolia is a mat-forming perennial sedge with dark green leaves and stems. Green Kyllinga grows up to six inches in height. Its seedhead is initially pale-green in color, turning brown at maturity. The seed head usually has three short leaves just below. Green Kyllinga can be found from Georgia into south Florida and west to Texas and California.
Dichondra carolinensis is a creeping, prostrate perennial that roots at the nodes. Dichondra leaves are light pale green and are sparsely hairy. Leaves are nearly round to kidney-shaped. Dichondra occurs in moist turf and woods and can be found from Virginia to Texas.
After working hard to make your lawn look lush and well-manicured, it’s unfortunate to see it all go to waste when weeds start invading the turf. Weeds are unwanted plants that plenty of lawn owners have to deal with. These pesky plants can easily invade a turf, especially those that prefer our warm and humid climate.
Aside from aesthetics, controlling and removing weeds is important to improve the health of your lawn. These pesky invaders may also steal nutrients from the grass, plants, and more. If they are not controlled, your lawn will become untidy, or worse, the grass and flowers may start to wither.
Before you start removing these out-of-place plants or start controlling them, you should first find out what you’re dealing with. You won’t be able to properly remove and prevent weeds in your yard if you don’t know what type it is. To help you out, here are some of the weeds that one may find in their Florida lawn.