Weeds, weeds, weeds. If you’ve got a yard or a garden, then you’ve got weeds. It’s inevitable. But what are the most common yard weeds, and what can we do about them?
This article will cover several of the most common weeds that you might find in your lawn.
Crabgrass tends to grow in lawns that are already rather unhealthy. It tends to spread quickly, hugging close to the ground.
It germinates in spring and develops in summer. If you don’t catch it by summer time, it’s going to spit out hundreds of seeds which you’ll have to deal with next year!
One of the reasons that wild violet is one of the most common yard weeds is because not everyone considers it a weed. It does have beautiful flowers. However, they also have a tendency to take over gardens.
They tend to adapt if you keep trying to mow them, growing closer and closer to the ground. This can make them tricky to get rid of unless you actually uproot them.
Everyone’s familiar with the dandelion. They need to be entirely uprooted if you’re going to prevent the same plant from regrowing.
People interested in natural medicine will be eager to learn that dandelion is believed to have medicinal properties. Herbalists use it as a digestive aid, and the flowers can be used to make wine.
Garlic mustard can grow quite well in both sunny and shady areas, and can thrive in both dry and wet soil. Garlic mustard is an invasive species that spreads quickly.
Make sure that you pull it up by the roots if you don’t want it to come back.
Sharp, prickly thistle is certainly one of the most annoying lawn weeds to get rid of, especially once it’s reached full maturity. Thistle seeds can catch on the wind and blow into your yard from afar, so you’re never completely safe from them.
Thistle roots can grow up to 20 feet long, and each bit of root can produce a new plant. That means you need to make sure that you get rid of the whole root.
Broadleaf dock is one of the most common yard weeds. It’s also a fantastic medicinal, according to folklore. It helps to soothe digestion and encourage regularity.
But if you don’t have an upset stomach and you just want to get rid of your weeds, you should make sure to pluck out your broadleaf dock. The plant produces tens of thousands of seeds, each of which can spread across your yard in a windy season.
Bindweed is a type of vining plant that loves to snake through your garden and bind to the plants who are trying to thrive there.
Bindweed is one of the few weeds that you actually don’t want to uproot. If you spot some, just rip it off where it meets the soil. This will prevent it from photosynthesising which will eventually cause the roots to die.