Everyone has to deal with weeds, but some weeds are more voracious than others. The most common lawn weeds are the ones that you’ll almost definitely encounter during your time as a lawn-owner.
In this article we’ll talk about how you can identify and get rid of some of the most common lawn weeds.
Some of the Most Common Lawn Weeds
The most common lawn weeds are some of the most persistent and resilient, but that doesn’t mean they’re impossible to get rid of.
Everyone’s dealt with dandelions. Even if you don’t have dandelions on your property, you’ve probably seen their seedlings fluttering about.
Most people deal with dandelions by just mowing them, making sure that they never mature enough to go to seed. This can be effective, but if you really want to get rid of them, pull them out by the root.
Bindweed, or wild morning-glory, is a very invasive plant that can be difficult to remove. You need to uproot the entire root, and consider the root can extend for many feet, this often involves upturning entire gardens.
To make matters even more tricky, bindweed can regrow from a single, leftover root filament. So you need to make sure that you compost your bindweed and its roots separate from the rest of your compost. You can also stick it in a garbage bag and let it ferment in the heat of summer to kill it.
Crabgrass is another weed that would look nice if it wasn’t always getting in the way. Crabgrass starts growing in spring and flourishes in summer.
Preventing crabgrass is the best way to avoid it. If you can’t prevent it, you can use 20-30% vinegar to kill it, or another natural herbicide.
Finding 4-leafed clovers was fun as a child, but as a homeowner, you might become more aware of how weedy these plants are.
Another natural remedy to get rid of clover is to make a mixture of vinegar and dish soap. Shake this up and spray it onto clover patches. The dish soap helps to ensure that the vinegar sticks.
Over time, your clovers will dry up and die.
Pennywort, which is also known as dollarweed, is another weed that likes to grow on wet lawns with lots of shade. Pennyworth can mostly be managed with regular mowing, and its growth can be stunted by avoiding watering too frequently.
One way to prevent pennywort from spreading on your lawn is to make sure that it’s well-fed so that the grass grows strong.
Ground ivy is another common weed that tends to pop up during spring. Ground ivy likes to grow in areas where the soil isn’t very healthy, so the best solution here is to increase your soil quality.
Other than that, make sure that you mow regularly. This can slow the spread of ground ivy.
There are too many weeds to list, but this article discussed some of the most common. With the proper know-how, these weeds won’t pester you for long.