We get it. Weeds are obnoxious and hard to eliminate. Use our guide to identify the common varieties and know how to remove them safely.
Size: To 18 inches tall and 20 inches wide
Where it grows: Lawn, landscape, and garden areas in sun or shade
Appearance: Grassy weeds; grows roots anywhere the stem makes soil contact; seed heads spread out like four fingers.
Weed Control Tip: Mulch to prevent it or use a pre-emergence herbicide in lawns; pull plants by hand or spot-treat with a nonselective post-emergence herbicide.
Note: Each plant can produce up to 150,000 seeds.
Size: 8-10 inches tall, 12 inches wide
Where it grows: Lawn, landscape, and garden areas in sun to partial shade
Appearance: Three-lobe leaves frame round white flower clusters.
Control: Mulch to prevent it in landscape areas; use a post-emergence herbicide in lawns or hand-pull.
Note: Clover adds nitrogen to the soil so as far as weeds go, this one is moderately helpful.
Size: 2 feet tall, 1 foot wide
Where it grows: Lawn, landscape, or garden areas with moist soil in sun or shade
Appearance: Shiny, grassy leaves; nutlike tubers on the root system.
Control: Mulch garden areas in spring to prevent it; pull plants by hand or spray with a post-emergence herbicide containing MSMA.
Size: 4 inches tall, several feet wide
Where it grows: Shady lawn, landscape, or garden areas
Appearance: Groundcover with scalloped leaves and clusters of purple flowers in late spring.
Control: Mulch garden areas in spring to prevent it; pull plants by hand or spray with a post-emergence herbicide in spring or fall.
Size: To 2 feet tall and wide
Where it grows: Sunny landscape and garden areas
Appearance: It has jagged, hairy leaves and small white daisy-shape flowers in summer.
Control: Use a mulch or a pre-emergence herbicide in spring to prevent it. If plants do grow, pull them by hand or spot-treat them with a post-emergence herbicide.