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New Jersey homeowners please refer to Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) fact sheet FS119, Weed Control in Home Lawns for more information on weed control.

For more information on weed identification in the northeastern United States:

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We suggest that you contact your Cooperative Extension office in your state to obtain control recommendations appropriate for weeds occurring in your geographic location.

The most frequent request we receive is for control recommendations. We cannot provide that information on this web site. Weed control recommendations that are appropriate for New Jersey may not be appropriate for someone living in another state. Recommendations for homeowners are considerably different from recommendations for commercial enterprises that have access to chemicals whose purchase and use require a pesticide applicator’s license. There are a lot of variables in the weed control equation and without detailed information it is difficult for us to provide satisfactory recommendations.

Dr. John Meade
Weed Scientist Emeritus

New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
88 Lipman Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8525
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To the untrained eye, distinguishing turf grass from grassy weeds is tough because the two can look identical. But with practice and persistence, you can learn to identify lawn weeds—and even the difference between grass and sedge—by inspecting the primary vegetative characteristics of your lawn.

Annual weeds. These weeds live for only one season and are typically easy to control because they lack the complex underground structures needed to spread new plant growth through creeping roots. Still, annuals produce tons of seeds that can infest and dominate your yard under the right conditions.

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Because each yard is unique, TruGreen® customizes a grassy weed control program for your lawn. The plan of attack depends on your region, type of turf grass and the specific weeds invading your lawn.