Weed Control & Identification
Do you have these weeds in your lawn?
Below is a list of common lawn weeds, as well as, a brief description and the best control method.
Broadleaf Plantain is a broadleaf perennial that tolerates many conditions such as; dry, wet, heavy soil, and low mowing height. The leaves can either be green or purplish. They are normally oval or egg shaped. Broadleaf plantain flowers from its base in the summer. Purchase Clear Choice and say goodbye to Broadleaf Plantain!
Red Sorrel is a summer, perennial broadleaf weed. Red sorrel is also known as sheep sorrel. It is identified by its arrow or fish-shaped leaves with a velvety touch. At the base of the leaf where it meets the stem there are two lobes. It is normally found in areas that are dry, infertile, and soils with low pH levels. Tiny flowers emerge on a 6-10” stalk from June until frost. They usually start out yellowish-green and become red. Purchase Clear Choice and say goodbye to Red Sorrel!
Buckhorn Plantain is a cool season perennial with narrow leaves that form a rosette. The leaves are normally 3-10 inches long and 1 inch wide and have a bit of a curl or twist to them. This weed is normally found June- September. Buckhorn Plantain spreads by seeds. Normally it is spread by lawnmowers and people who walk across lawns with wet shoes. The main downfall is it uses the soils nutrients, light and water. Purchase Clear Choice and say goodbye to Buckhorn Plantain!
Black medic is a spreading, summer annual or perennial that loves sunlight. It is normally found in compacted soils and high traffic areas. Black medic can be a sign of low nitrogen levels in the soil. The leaf of black medic is similar to clover. It has three egg-shaped leaflets. Black medic has clusters of yellow flowers from late spring to early fall. Black medic is often found growing with white clover. Purchase Clear Choice and say goodbye to Black Medic!
Common Mallow is an annual broadleaf weed. Leaves are round or heart-shaped with several shallow lobes that range from one to three inches wide. Common Mallow is sometimes confused with ground ivy. Common Mallow leaves attach to the stem at the back of the leaf and ground ivy attaches at the center. White or pink flowers with dark colored veins appear from May – September. Disk shaped flowers consist of five petals. Go Green Today and say goodbye to Common Mallow!
Sheperdspurse is a broadleaf, winter annual that forms a rosette shape. Tiny, inconspicuous, white flowers appear in the Spring on a stalk that can reach up to 18 inches high. Heart-shaped, flattened seed pods form on this stalk also. Sheperdspurse usually blooms from March until frost. The leaves start at the base as smooth and become lobed as they mature. Leaves range from 2 – 4 inches in length. Not normally found in healthy lawns. It is normally found in bare spots or unhealthy lawns. Purchase Clear Choice and say goodbye to Sheperdspurse!
Prostrate Knotweed is a wiry, mat-forming, summer annual weed. This weed normally germinates before any other summer annual weed. Branches can be up to two feet in diameter. Stems of prostrate knotweed are covered in small, blue-green leaves. Prostrate Knotweed grows along the soils surface, with little upright growth. If sap seeps out of broken stems it is clear, not milky. Prostrate Knotweed is normally found in high-traffic areas, along driveways, along sidewalks, and hard compacted soils. Purchase Clear Choice and say goodbye to Prostrate Knotweeed!
Nimblewill is a warm-season, grassy perennial. It normally emerges in May and goes dormant in September. Leaves of nimblewill are short, flat, blue-green, and 2 inches in length. Six inch flower stalks appear in late Summer. Nimblewill prefers rich, moist, unfertilized soils. It can be found in either sun or shade. Nimblewill appears as a brown patch when weather turns cold. Go Green Today and say goodbye to Nimblewill!
Yellow Woodsorrel is a summer annual or perennial. Each leaf normally consists of three hear-shaped leaflets. Yellow woodsorrel reaches 8-15 inches in height. It blooms bright yellow flowers from early Spring through mid-Fall. Yellow woodsorrel can grow in moist, dry, sunny, and shady conditions. It can withstand a quarter inch mowing. Go Green Today and say goodbye to Yellow Woodsorrel!
Ground Ivy is a winter perennial. It is also known as creeping charlie. It was formerly used as a medicinal herb but is now considered a lawn weed. Ground Ivy is found in moist, shady areas. If Ground Ivy is growing in the shade leaves are more than likely deep green in color. However, if it is found in full sun leaves are usually a reddish color. Purplish-blue flowers are present from March – June. If the plant is crushed a minty odor will emit. Ground Ivy is a tough weed to control, it tolerates low mowing heights and is not easily removed by hand. Purchase Clear Choice and say goodbye to Ground Ivy!
Green Foxtail is a summer annual grassy weed. It is often found in lawns that are patchy and thin. It is also found in pastures, along roadsides, and gardens. When Green Foxtail is young it is often mistaken for crabgrass so be careful when identifying. The easiest way to identify green foxtail is by its fuzzy, ‘foxtail’-like seed ehad that can reach up to 6 inches in length. The foxtail creates thousands of seeds which makes it a difficult weed to control. Stems of this weed can reach up to 3 feet tall. Purchase Clear Choice and say goodbye to Green Foxtail!
Curly Dock is a perennial weed. Young Curly Dock plants are slightly wavy with purple spots. Mature Curly Dock is normally a reddish purple color and extremely wavy. Stems of curly dock can range from 1-4 feet tall and leaves can reach 6-12 inches. It is normally found in rich, moist, heavy soils. Purchase Clear Choice and say goodbye to Curly Dock!
Goose Grass is a warm season annual. It is often mistaken for crabgrass. Another name for it is silver crabgrass or wiregrass. A great way to identify goose grass is to roll the leaves between your fingers. Goose Grass is folded in the bud while crabgrass is rolled. Therefore, goose grass will not roll as easily in your finger tips as crabgrass would. Goose Grass is a mat forming weed with a silverish-white center and zipper like seed head. It is normally found in full sun. Purchase Clear Choice and say goodbye to Goose Grass!
Yellow Nutsedge is a warm season perennial weed that is found in poorly drained soils. It is a light yellow-green upright weed with leaves that can reach up to 3 feet tall and 1/2 an inch wide. Yellow Nutsedge can tolerate moist soils. Also, once established it can tolerate dry soils too. Yellow Nutsedge is difficult to control so be sure to prevent establishment. Go Green today and say goodbye to Yellow Nutsedge!
White Clover is a difficult weed to control. White Clover is a creeping perennial that grows in turf with low nitrogen levels. It is often identified by its three leaflets that attach to one petiole. Crescent shaped watermarks are often found on leaflets of white clover. In the Summer white flowers appear. White Clover is a winter perennial. Therefore, active growth will start when there are cooler temperatures and increased moisture and continue until nighttime temperatures reach freezing. Purchase Clear Choice and say goodbye to White Clover!
Dandelions are a perennial weed with dark green foliage that forms a rosette shape. Yellow flowers appear on hollow stalks that then turn to puffballs. Their taproot is what keeps them alive during the Winter. like crabgrass, dandelions spread by seed. If the leaves or stalks are broken, a milky white sap emerges. Dandelions will grow in almost any condition. Go Green today and say goodbye to Dandelions!
Crabgrass has been considered one of the most troublesome weeds for several years. Crabgrass is a summer annual with a spreading habit with blue-green to purplish leaf blades. Crabgrass is normally found in thin turf grass or open areas. Lawns that are mowed two inches and shorter allow a lot of sunlight to reach crabgrass seeds that are trying to germinate. This can become a major problem. Go Green today and say goodbye to Large Crabgrass!
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