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Lawn Weeds

The most common lawn weeds are similar across the globe. Although most of these weeds are native to Europe they were introduced to North America and can now be found in many parts of the country.

These weeds are a problem for lawn owners who take pride in their lawns. These are some examples of lawn weeds that can be easily controlled.

Dandelions

We are haunted by those yellow flowers and puffy, white seed pods. Every time we see a child pull a stem from the ground and throw those tiny seeds into the air, it makes us cringe. Dandelion seeds can travel from one place to another using wind, animals, and humans. These lawn weeds can thrive in low-quality lawns.

These persistent weeds will grow wherever there are very few nutrients in the soil. They have a long taproot which can be broken off at any time and regenerated.

This is why it’s so difficult to pull dandelions by hand. To pull dandelions, you need to have moist soil and a thin tool that can be used to remove the taproot.

Crabgrass

They love rich soil and sparsely mown lawns. They don’t thrive in northern regions until temperatures reach mid- to late summer. Crabgrass is often found near the pavement, at the edges of lawns.

Asphalt heats up in sunlight and warms the soil. This provides ideal conditions for growing crabgrass. Crabgrass is identified by its star-shaped form.

Its stems extend outward from a central point, creating this unique shape. Crabgrass grows outwards.

Quack Grass

Quackgrass is sometimes mistakenly called crabgrass. However, it grows taller than most grasses and can grow to a height of about ten feet per year. It is a good example of perennial lawnweeds, and it is brightly colored in lime green.

Quackgrass is similar to crabgrass in that it grows from the same blades. It grows from underground stems ( Rhizomes), which spread it and make it more dominant in your lawn.

Broadleaf Plantain

These unsightly eyesores can appear in even the smallest spot on your lawn. Because it doesn’t care where it grows, broadleaf plantsain is easy to recognize. This is the most widespread weed on North American lawns. This rosette-like weed is oval-shaped and has flower spikes that shoot up from its center.

These spikes can hold seeds for many years. This weed is a perennial. It will regrow if there aren’t enough roots. Although the roots are quite small, it can be very difficult to remove all of them.

Pulling Lawn Weeds

These are just a few common lawn weeds that you can try to eliminate. Remember to pull all roots when you are pulling weeds from your lawn.

These weeds are very resilient and can grow back, regardless of how much is left in the ground. Before pulling weeds, make sure that the soil is not dry. The soil won’t give up on them as easily if it isn’t moist enough.

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