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A List of Common Types of Weeds You’ll Find in Your Yard

A beautiful backyard is every homeowner’s dream, isn’t it? After taking diligent care of your lawn every week, the last thing you want to see are dreaded weeds popping up and ruining its appearance. The good news is a weed-free lawn isn’t just for golf courses. The first step in getting rid of annoying plants like these and regaining your dream lawn is to know how to identify common types of weeds.

Most Common Types of Weeds in New Jersey

  1. Dandelion
    Dandelions are probably one of the most popular weeds and can be identified by their long stem and yellow flower. These are most prevalent during spring and fall when temperatures a cooler. Dandelions have long roots, reseed quickly, and in no time can take complete control of your backyard making it difficult to get rid of them for good.
  2. Thistle
    Thistle is identifiable by its prickly leaves. If left unattended, they can grow as tall as eight feet with a 20-foot root.
  3. Broadleaf Plantation
    Broadleaf Plantation has oval leaves, long stems, and a rosette at the tip that consists of seeds. Because the seeds can be spread by mowing or walking across the lawn, it doesn’t take long for them to take control.
  4. Nutsedge
    Nutsedge or nut grass is found in lawns during the summer. These weeds stand taller than regular grass, have a triangular stem, and sprouts yellow or purple flowers. If not managed properly, they will return yearly.
  5. Yellow Wood Sorrel
    This weed can grow in sun, shade, dryness, or even wet seasons. It looks similar to clover and sprouts a yellow flower with heart-shaped leaves. The flower eventually turns into a seed pod that bursts distributing seeds into your lawn away from the main plant.
  6. Crabgrass
    Crab Grass reappears annually in the middle of summer. It thrives during this time because of the hot temperatures, and it appears mostly in the weakest spots of your lawn. The leaves on these form a crablike circle, which is how it gets its name. Too much water, not enough water, and mowing your lawn too short encourage it to continue growing.
  7. Mushrooms
    Mushrooms are easy to identify. They their appearance during spring and summer, when the weather is wet. While one or two don’t harm the lawn, they are still something to stay mindful of. If you notice a ring of dark green grass with mushrooms, these are known as fairy rings and can restrict water flow, causing lawn stress.

If your lawn is suffering from any of these common types of weeds, it may be time to hire a professional lawn care service. We can customize a lawn care program that meets your needs, kills existing weeds, and prevents new ones from growing. Contact Perennial Lawn Care today for more information on our seven-step lawn care program.

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