If you notice a small number of these weeds growing on your lawn, you should be able to remove them by hand and be done with it.
Some people have ventured so far as to attempt to dig up the entire system of the Japanese knotweed’s roots. This can be very labor-intensive and, if you leave anything behind, potentially an exercise in futility. The nature and rate of the growth of this weed ensure that it will return.
Every part of the dandelion plant releases ethylene gas that has an allelopathic effect on surrounding plants and inhibits their growth.
Wild violets can be controlled by pulling them from the ground. However, the rate at which these perennial lawn weeds spread means that this method is best employed on smaller patches. For larger areas of growth, spot treat these lawn weeds in areas where they are growing.
You can control the growth of this common lawn weed on your property by pulling it from the ground. This is generally recommended for smaller areas of white clover.
Crabgrass: Crabgrass is a homeowner’s worst nightmare, creeping up throughout the lawn. This summer annual lies flat to the ground and has reddish purple stems (both smooth and hairy). It forms slender spike-shaped seedheads just below mowing height, making it difficult to manage.
Broadleaf plantain: Broadleaf plantain is a low-growing perennial. It has broad leaves with prominent veins and may smother lawn grass if left untreated, which generally calls for maintaining thick lawn coverage.
How to Identify Weed Types
Perennial weeds, on the other hand, have more extensive root systems, including taproots, making them more difficult to control. In addition, these weeds come back each year, especially if the roots are not destroyed. Some of the most common (and problematic) perennial weed types include:
Common chickweed: Common chickweed is a mat-forming weed with tiny, star-shaped white flowers. This annual thrives when conditions are cool and moist. Mouse-ear chickweed is similar, however, this weed is perennial with hairy stems and leaves, and is more tolerant of summer heat.
Weeds are a common occurrence in most lawns and gardens. While many of them are quite familiar, there may be some that are not. Learning about some of the most common types of weeds can make it easier to eliminate them from the landscape.
1. UMass Extension Turf Program, “Biology and Management of Crabgrass,” University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 2011.
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To help your lawn grass stay at its competitive peak, follow these “good practices” as well:
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