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Weed Identification Guide

Don't let weeds rob your garden of its beauty. Use our guide to help you identify and control these troublesome pests.

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    • Weed Identification Guide

      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. 

      Need help now? See our video on how to control weeds in the garden.  

    • Dandelion

      Type: Broadleaf perennial

      Size: 12 inches tall, 6 - 16 inches wide

      Where it grows: Lawns and gardens in sun or shade

      Appearance: This common lawn weed has a strong taproot; leaves are deeply notched. Yellow flowers mature to puffballs.

      Lawn Weed Control Tip: Mulch to prevent it in gardens; pull plants by hand or use a post-emergence herbicide in lawns.

    • Oxalis

      Type: Broadleaf perennial

      Size: To 20 inches tall

      Where it grows: Sunny or shady landscape, lawn, or garden areas

      Appearance: Light green leaves that look like clover and cup-shape yellow flowers in summer and fall

      Grass Weed Control Tip: Mulch garden areas in spring to prevent it; pull plants by hand or spray with a post-emergence herbicide in spring or fall.

      Note: The leaves are edible in small quantities and have a sharp, sour taste. They can be harmful if eaten in large amounts.

    • Crabgrass

      Type: Grassy annual

      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.

    • Video: Weeding Tips

      Watch this video for tips on how to effectively get rid of the pesky weeds in your yard.

    • Bindweed

      Type: Broadleaf perennial

      Size: Climbs 6 feet or more

      Where it grows: Landscape and garden areas in sun

      Idnetify Weeds: Arrowhead-shape leaves on twining vines; bears white to pale pink morning glory-type flowers.

      Control: Mulch to prevent; repeatedly chop down growing plants and/or treat with post-emergence herbicide.

      Note: Wandering roots produce offspring 20 - 30 feet from the mother vine.

    • White Clover

      Type: Broadleaf perennial

      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.

    • Nutsedge

      Type: Grassy perennial

      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.

    • Creeping Charlie

      Type: Broadleaf perennial

      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.

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      Lamb's-Quarter

      Type: Broadleaf annual

      Size: To 4 feet tall and 18 inches wide

      Where it grows: Landscape and garden areas in sun or shade

      Appearance: Scalloped leaves have gray undersides.

      Control: Mulch to prevent it; pull plants by hand or use a post-emergence herbicide.

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      Plantain

      Type: Broadleaf perennial

      Size: To 8 inches tall and 12 inches wide

      Where it grows: Moist lawn and garden areas in sun or shade

      Appearance: Broad, flat leaves around a low rosette.

      Control: Mulch to prevent it in gardens; pull plants by hand or use a post-emergence herbicide in lawns.

      Note: Each plant can produce more than 15,000 seeds.

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      Dayflower

      Type: Annual grass relative

      Size: To 30 inches tall and wide

      Where it grows: Sunny or shady landscape areas

      Appearance: Dark green leaves clasping a stem and brilliant blue flowers through summer.

      Control: Mulch to prevent it or use a pre-emergence herbicide in spring; pull plants by hand or spot-treat with a nonselective post-emergence herbicide.

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      Purslane

      Type: Broadleaf annual

      Size: To 6 inches tall and 2 feet wide

      Where it grows: Dry, sunny landscape and garden areas

      Appearance: Groundcover with fleshy, dark green leaves and small yellow flowers at the ends of the stems.

      Control: Mulch to prevent it or use a pre-emergence herbicide in the spring; pull plants by hand or spot-treat with a nonselective post-emergence herbicide.

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      Velvetleaf

      Type: Broadleaf annual

      Size: To 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide

      Where it grows: Fertile, sunny landscape and garden areas

      Appearance: Large, velvety heart-shape leaves up to 10 inches across; yellow flowers in summer.

      Weed Control: Mulch to prevent it or use a pre-emergence herbicide in spring; pull plants by hand or use a post-emergence herbicide.

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      Wild Violet

      Type: Broadleaf perennial

      Size: 6 inches tall, 6 inches wide

      Where it grows: Shady lawn, landscape, or garden areas

      Appearance: Groundcover with heart-shape leaves and 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.

      Note: This plant is often grown as an ornamental in shade gardens.

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      Smartweed

      Type: Broadleaf annual

      Size: To 42 inches tall and 30 inches wide

      Where it grows: Sunny landscape and garden areas

      Appearance: Upright plant with pink or white flowers in summer and fall and lance-shape leaves often marked with purple chevrons.

      Control: Mulch garden areas in spring to prevent it; pull plants by hand or apply a post-emergence herbicide once it grows.

      Note: This weed is native to areas of North America. Unlike many exotic weeds, it does support wildlife.

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      Quickweed

      Type: Broadleaf annual

      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.

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      Pigweed

      Type: Broadleaf annual

      Size: 6 feet tall, 2 feet wide

      Where it grows: Sunny landscape or garden areas

      Appearance: Tall plants with a taproot; hairy-looking clusters of green flowers.

      Control: Mulch garden areas in spring to prevent it or use a pre-emergence herbicide in spring; pull plants by hand or spray with a post-emergence herbicide.

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      Canada Thistle

      Type: Broadleaf perennial

      Size: To 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide

      Where it grows: Sunny lawn, landscape, or garden areas

      Appearance: Spiny, gray-green leaves and purple flowers.

      Control: Mulch to prevent it in landscape areas; use a post-emergence herbicide in lawns in spring or fall. Or dig it out by hand.

      Note: Thistle has an extensive root system that can grow several feet out from the main plant.

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      Knotweed

      Type: Broadleaf annual

      Size: To 8 inches tall and 2 feet wide

      Where it grows: Sunny or partly shaded lawn, landscape, or garden areas

      Appearance: Groundcover with blue-green leaves sparsely appearing on long stems.

      Control: Prevent it with a deep layer of mulch or apply a pre-emergence herbicide in spring. Once the plant grows, hand-pull or spot-treat it with an herbicide.

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      Pokeweed

      Type: Broadleaf perennial

      Size: To 10 feet tall and 2 feet wide

      Where it grows: Sunny landscape or garden areas

      Appearance: Light green leaves with clusters of white flowers and dark purple berries.

      Control: Prevent it with a deep layer of mulch. Once the plant grows, hand-pull or spot-treat it with an herbicide.

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      Poison Ivy

      Type: Broadleaf perennial

      Size: To 15 feet tall and wide

      Where it grows: Sunny or shady landscape or garden areas

      Appearance: Vine, shrub, or groundcover with leaves divided into three leaflets; clusters of green berries.

      Control: Prevent it with a deep layer of mulch. If it starts to grow in your yard, spot-treat it with an herbicide.

      Note: The plant contains oils that cause a severe allergic skin reaction in many people when touched. These oils are present even on dead leaves and can become airborne and inhaled if the plant is burned.

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      Black Nightshade

      Type: Broadleaf annual

      Size: 2 feet tall, 2 feet wide

      Where it grows: Landscape or garden areas with rich soil in sun or shade

      Appearance: Bushy or climbing plant with white or purple flowers and purple or red fruits.

      Control: Mulch to prevent it in gardens; pull by hand or treat with a post-emergence herbicide.

      Note: All parts of this plant, including the fruits, are poisonous.

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      Black Medic

      Type: Broadleaf annual or short-lived perennial

      Size: 1-2 feet tall, 1 foot wide

      Where it grows: Poor, dry, soil in full sun

      Appearance: Clover-type leaves and small, yellow flowers.

      Control: Mulch to prevent it in gardens; pull plants by hand or use a post-emergence herbicide. Discourage it by keeping soil well watered and amended with organic matter (such as compost).

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      Quackgrass

      Type: Grassy perennial

      Size: To 3 feet tall and several feet wide

      Where it grows: Landscape and garden areas in sun or shade

      Appearance: Wheatlike flower spikes appear above slender clumps of grassy foliage.

      Control: Mulch to prevent it in gardens; dig plants out by hand, being sure to remove every bit of root.

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      Dock

      Type: Broadleaf perennial

      Size: To 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide

      Where it grows: Landscape and garden areas in sun or shade

      Appearance: Produces large, wavy-edge leaves and large seed heads covered with brown seeds.

      Control: Mulch to prevent it; pull and dig up plants or treat with a post-emergence herbicide.

      Note: Each plant can produce up to 40,000 seeds that wait decades before sprouting.

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      Henbit

      Type: Broadleaf annual

      Size: To 12 inches tall and wide

      Where it grows: Lawn, landscape, and garden areas in sun or shade

      Appearance: Low, creeping plant with scallop-edge leaves and purple flowers.

      Control: Mulch to prevent it in gardens or use pre-emergence herbicide in spring; pull plants by hand or treat in lawns with a broadleaf, post-emergence herbicide.

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      Fleabane

      Type: Broadleaf annual

      Size: 2 feet tall and 18 inches wide

      Where it grows: Landscape and garden areas in sun to partial shade

      Appearance: Slender leaves, borne on an upright stem that branches. It produces puffy white to pale lavender daisies.

      Control: Mulch to prevent it or use a pre-emergence herbicide in spring; pull plants by hand or spot-treat with a post-emergence herbicide.

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      Nettle

      Type: Broadleaf perennial

      Size: To 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide

      Where it grows: Garden areas with rich, moist soil

      Appearance: Sawtooth-edge leaves and yellowish flower clusters are covered with stinging hairs.

      Control: Mulch to prevent it; dig out plants or treat with a post-emergence herbicide.

      Note: Always wear gloves when working around this plant.

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      Prostrate Spurge

      Type: Broadleaf annual

      Size: 3 inches tall, 18 inches wide

      Where it grows: Lawn, landscape, and garden areas with dry soil

      Appearance: Green or purple-blushed leaves form dense mats.

      Control: Mulch to prevent it in gardens or use a pre-emergence herbicide in lawns; pull plants when young or spot-treat with a post-emergence herbicide.

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      Chickweed

      Type: Broadleaf annual

      Size: 6 inches tall, 12 inches wide

      Where it grows: Lawn, garden, and landscape areas with rich, moist soil in sun or shade

      Appearance: Lush green mats studded with small, star-shape flowers.

      Control: Mulch to prevent it in gardens or use a pre-emergence herbicide in early spring; pull plants by hand.

      Note: Each plant can produce more than 15,000 seeds.

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      Musk Thistle

      Type: Broadleaf biennial

      Size: To 6 feet tall and 18 inches wide

      Where it grows: Landscape and garden areas in full sun

      Appearance: Prickly leaves off of tall stems topped by heavy 2-inch purple flowers.

      Control: Mulch to prevent it; use a post-emergence herbicide or dig it out.

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      Ragweed

      Type: Broadleaf annual

      Size: To 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide

      Where it grows: Landscape and garden areas in sun or partial shade

      Appearance: Finely cut green leaves are almost ferny.

      Control: Mulch to prevent it; use a post-emergence herbicide or pull it out by hand.

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      Yellow Sweet Clover

      Type: Broadleaf annual

      Size: 1-3 feet tall, 12-18 inches wide

      Where it grows: Landscape and garden areas

      Appearance: Lanky branches; clover-like leaves; fragrant yellow flowers.

      Control: Mulch to prevent it; pull plants by hand or spot-treat a post-emergence herbicide.

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      Yellow Salsify

      Type: Broadleaf biennial or short-lived perennial

      Size: To 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide

      Where it grows: Sunny landscape and garden areas

      Appearance: Gray-green leaves; yellow flowers are followed by large puffballs.

      Control: Mulch to prevent it; pull plants by hand or treat with a post-emergence herbicide.

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