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Identify 9 common lawn weeds

  • 01 of 09

    Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale and Teracacum erythrospermum)

    The common dandelion is a member of the aster family. It arrived in North America from Europe and quickly established itself as a wildflower and warbler.

    Unlike many weeds, dandelion is a perennial, and its stubborn long taproot makes it a difficult enemy to destroy. But dandelions can be hand-pulled, and vinegar can also kill them if you want to avoid chemicals.

    Or you can eat your dandelions. Yes, dandelions are edible and delicious. All parts of the plant are good in salads or as cooked greens.

  • 02 of 09

    Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea)

    Although it is just an ordinary lawn, you can count Charlie creeping among the fragrant plants. When you mow a lawnmower that is mixed with the grass, the scent is given off into the air. Maybe it's a small thing, but inhaling the pleasant aroma removes the hassle of mowing.

    Creeping Charlie is one of the most stubborn of lawn weeds, but it has shallow roots and is easy enough to grow if you are patient and hardworking. It is also prone to non-chemical control with household borax.

    This member of the mint family is also used as a salad greens in some places.

  • 03 of 09

    Common plantain (Plantago major)

    Common Plantain ( Plantago major ) can take you back to your childhood. Did you have a pet rabbit as a child? What did you feed If you built a bottomless cage for your pet (with the cage right on the floor, with no legs), your bunny would no doubt eat the vegetation below him. Grass would have been on the menu, but another favorite dish would have been common plantain (if available). Common plantain is also edible by humans and can be used in salads or as cooked greens.

    Common plantain has a wide leaf, but a relative, Plantago lanceolata , has grass-like foliage and is called Field thorn or Called turnip grass .

    One can dig up plantains to get rid of them organically - the roots are relatively shallow, although they are. However, this is a perennial weed, and any part of the roots that are not pulled will regenerate.

  • 04 of 09

    Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

    There are two types of ragweed, both of which are the bane of allergy sufferers, but the shape that turf haunts is Ambrosia artemisiifolia , ambrosia .

    Has unlike some of the other examples on this list Ambrosia artemisiifolia no taproot so weeding is easy: just pull it up. Ragweed thrives in poor soil so you can keep your lawn healthy and well-fed.

    Unlike many lawn weeds, this one is native to North America and not a foreign invader.

  • 05 of 09

    Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

    Purslane is a ground covering grass with fleshy leaves. It tends to thrive on dry, sandy soils.

    It's also one of the most nutritious plants on the planet, which is said to have more healthy omega-3 fats than any other plant out there. So before you poison it, consider harvesting it for use in salads or stir-fries instead. As a foreword to this yogurt and garlic recipe, the author of Purslane says that it "has been present in many ancient kitchens around the world for thousands of years". Purslane is a personal favorite among the edible weeds listed here. If you like juicy foods, this succulent plant will provide plenty of juice in every bite.

    As a lawn herb, purslane is a prolific seed producer. A chemical control scheme will address the problem on both ends: with a pre-emergent herbicide (like dithiopyr) and a post-emergent herbicide (like 2,4-D). Persistence is required.

    If you choose to fight the enemy organically (by catching them up), you also have to be persistent. The smallest pieces of plants in the soil will regenerate.

  • 06 of 09

    Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus)

    Yellow or "curly" dock is one of the simpler plants listed here. It has a pronounced dried flower head that resembles coffee grounds. A dock is a large plant when it is mature, so you may not associate it with lawn, but seeds can grow well as small plants in your lawn, and especially along fence lines, if you haven't been carefully trimming.

    This is a different plant with a large taproot. If you can dig it up, you have to be thorough. Follow-up removal by checking for any new growth left by any root fragments. If staying organic is not important to you and you are only dealing with an isolated yellow dock plant here or there, the leaves are large enough that you can glue some roundup (glyphosate) to the foliage to kill the plant.

    Yellow Dock is known for its medicinal qualities. Herbalists have used it to treat anemia as it is high in iron. It can also be used to ease the stinging sensation of the nettle. Do not eat the yellow dock raw as it can cause intestinal discomfort. Careful preparation is required for each use.

  • 07 of 09

    Clover (Trifolium ssp.)

    There are many types of clover that any homeowner would love to get banned from the lawn. This is perhaps a mistake as clover is actually pretty healthy for a lawn. It's fragrant, resists most pests, helps aerate the soil, and best of all, as a member of the pea family, clover actually adds nitrogen to the soil. There is a lot to be said for a lawn that has a healthy amount of clover in its turf-grass mix. In addition to red clover ( Trifolium pratense ) is white clover ( Trifolium repens ) the most common grass clover.

    But if you are determined to get rid of the clover mixed with your lawn grass, there are both chemical and organic means of doing it. For the former, find a broad-leaved herbicide designed for the type of grass you are growing (carefully study the label on the bottle). Along with other broad-leaved weeds, clover is also killed by such herbicides.

    For more environmentally friendly control, you can just pull up the clover. Note, however, that the presence of the clover primarily indicates that your soil is lacking nitrogen. When removing the clover, consider adding nitrogen in the form of compost or granular fertilizer. If entire patches of lawn are bare once the clover has been removed, consider re-laying these areas with lawn grass. To prevent clover reappearance, keep these spots healthy and well-nourished.

    An ordinary lawn that resembles a type of clover, but is not one, is Oxalis stricta , better known as Sourgrass or yellow sorrel.

  • 08 of 09

    Wild violet (Viola spp)

    Wild violets are probably the best of the group in terms of appearance among the common lawn weeds presented here. In fact, some homeowners find the flowers sufficiently pretty that they decide to leave the plants alone. Indeed, this relative of the Johnny jump-up isn't far inferior to Johnny in the looks department - and you don't have to buy it. Violets can actually work very well when you want a naturalistic feel on your lawn.

    However, if you prefer a lawn of even turf grass, violets can be grown provided you pull out the entire root system. Chemical controls include spot treatment with glyphosate (round-up) or the use of a broad-leaf herbicide such as Weed-B-Gone. Fall is the best time to treat violets.

  • 09 of 09

    Crabgrass (Digitaria)

    Many weeds have a "silver lining" for being attractive flowers, pleasant fragrances, or edible. You can't find such a benefit with crabgrass.

    These annual grasses can produce up to 150,000 seeds per plant and are very difficult to control. This is not a grass that can be easily grown, and as a grass, it is not susceptible to broad-leaved herbicides. Most of the chemicals that kill crab grass kill all other turf grasses too.

    The best solution to herb grass control is to use pre-emergent herbicides that are specifically designed for herb grass. Crabgrass thrives in bare, poor soil. Hence, one of the best precautionary measures is to keep your lawn healthy and thick.