Identifying Weeds in Your Yard

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Identifying Weeds in Your Yard

Spring is around the corner and there is no harm in preparing your lawn for success. With spring showers coming, it means there will be weeds popping up in your yard. In order to successfully eliminate your weeds, you should know how to identify them. Although there are many types of weeds, below are a few of the most common and how you can tell them apart.


The most common weed we see and hear about is the dandelion. This weed has a strong taproot with leaves that are deeply notched. The yellow flowers throw most homeowners through a loop, mistaking them for a pretty plant. One crucial fact about the dandelion you should know is that the seeds from this weed become parachute-like when the wind blows. This allows the weeds to spread fast. When the time comes to eliminate this weed, make sure you are spraying the entire plant, not just the leaves and be aware of the surroundings.

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Another name for this pesky weed is “creeping charlie”. When hunting for these weeds, look for their spreading stems with clusters of kidney-bean shaped leaves with scalloped borders and tiny purple/blue flowers in bunches of three. If you spot this weed in your lawn, it is an implication of less-than-desirable growing conditions for your lawn. Or in other words, “If Charlie is happy, your grass probably isn’t.” Eliminate this weed by pulling straight from the root. You should make sure that you remove every last piece of the root. If you leave any root behind, the pesky plant will make its way back into your lawn. Watering before you weed can make this process a lot easier.


This type of weed is known for blending in with your healthy grass. Crabgrass is a low-growing weed that spreads by seed and from cuttings of nodes that rest on the soil. This type of weed looks very comparable to your typical grass. Crabgrass thrives in compacted lawns, so aeration can help defeat it for good. If you find crabgrass in your garden, a couple of methods to stunt the growth are mulching, hoeing, and hand pulling the weed when they are young, prior to setting seed.


One of the most problematic weeds for any crop is known as nutsedge. This weed also resembles grass, but is thicker, stiffer, and V-shaped. Their long leaves are arranged in sets of three from the bottom of the plant. If you are finding nutsedge in your lawn, it means that your lawn is poorly drained and your soil is probably waterlogged. You should understand that once nutsedge pops up in your lawn, it is very difficult to control. This type of weed can take up to 2-3 weeks for a complete kill.

Weeds can be such a damper on your lawn and identifying them can be a headache. The experts at SunCo understand that. Imagine a carefree lawn and a spring where you don’t have to sacrifice time weeding all weekend. Let the outdoor specialists at SunCo inspire your great outdoors.

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