Identify and Eliminate Common Lawn Weeds

Lawn weeds are the bane of many homeowners'existences. These invasive plants take over lawns and gardens. In addition to being unsightly, they also choke out other plants like grasses and garden plants, stealing away valuable nutrients and sunlight.

Weeds are infamous for growing and spreading at a terrific pace. One small weed today can quickly become a dozen large ones the by the next day. They're a pain to get rid of, too. You either have to manually remove or destroy each and every individual weed, or rely on herbicides which can be difficult to use effectively. Spotting and eliminating common weeds in lawns before they can spread is an essential part of maintaining an attractive yard.

Identifying Lawn Weeds

Determining whether a plant is a weed can sometimes be difficult. However, there are a few telling signs that can help you spot lawn weeds. Identify the pesky plants with these tips:

  • Different colors: lawn weeds tend to be slightly off-color compared to quality lawn grass. Good grass tends to be a rich, full, slightly darker green. Weeds on the other hand are often lighter and slightly sallower in tint.
  • Thicker and tougher: weeds are hardy and tough plants. Their stems tend to be thick and straw like, usually much stronger than typical lawn grass

  • Location: weeds can sprout up in locations where other plants struggle to grow. They can thrive in sidewalk cracks, along a building's foundation, and even in areas that get little sunlight and water.

  • Growth patterns: weeds will have different patterns and textures in their leaves and stems than normal grass will.  Weeds also tend to grow in tight clumps together.

Eliminating Lawn Weeds

Because they are so durable and adaptive, weeds can be tough to eliminate. Here are a few ways to get it done:

  • Weeding: this process involves manually identifying and pulling up each weed in an area. It's important to always pull up a weed from its roots; otherwise it will simply regrow. Pulled up weeds need to be removed from the area and disposed of. This strategy can be very slow and time consuming, but it's also very thorough and effective.

  • Chemical Treatment: Use of an herbicidal spray or other treatment is the favored weed control method for many people. It's relatively easy and less labor intensive than manual weeding. However, this isn't always a perfect solution. Some weeds are resistant to some weed killers, and some week killers may also harm your grass. It's important to do a lot of research and follow instructions when using chemical applications. If you think you'll need help taking care of your weed problem, think about getting in touch with a local lawn care specialist to get some advice.


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