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Even the best-tended lawns come under attack from common weeds. Weed seeds float in on the wind, creeping weeds claim more territory, and weeds you thought you pulled quietly continue to grow. How well your lawn copes with the onslaught depends on the weeds involved, the response you choose and your lawn’s overall health. Understanding common lawn weeds and the options available to fight them can help you successfully combat the invasion.

How it Spreads:


By creeping stems, extensive roots, pointed seed capsules that expel seeds, and root and stem fragments.

By seeds and rhizomes, but primarily by underground tubers known as nutlets.


Where It Grows: Lawns and gardens in sun or shade

Control: Mulch garden areas in spring to prevent weeds. Pull oxalis weeds by hand or spray weeds with a postemergence herbicide in spring or fall.

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Size: To 20 inches tall

Appearance: This garden weed has light green leaves that look like clover and cup-shape yellow flowers in summer and fall.

Size: 12 inches tall, 6 – 16 inches wide