A List of the Common Types of Weeds in the Lawn

What is a weed?

Weeds are plants that grow where they are not wanted. A weed is not a classification of a plant. What may be weeds to one person is a beautiful flower to another.

A dandelion is often considered a weed. It grows on the lawn. They are used for fresh greens and are not actually weeds. Another example of a weed is a clover. When it grows in a flower bed people call it a weed. A clover is a pasture is not a weed.

People from cities love to pick buttercups, daisies, and black eyed susans. Farmers consider these flowers to be unwanted weeds.

One characteristic of a weed is that they grow quickly. They have a strong root system and reproduce very quickly. Weeds are able to survive a number of conditions. They take away nutrients, water, sunlight, and space from cultivated plants.

Weed control and the elimination of weeds is a task for a landscaper. They need to understand how the different weeds grow in order to get rid of them.
Homeowners often make the mistake of trying to eliminate weeds themselves by spraying them with common weed killers found in local hardware stores. These weed killers almost always contain atrazine which can also harm the flowering plants and trees in your yard. Consult your local landscaper or arborist for advice when you have a weed issue.

Common Types of Weeds and How They Grow



This weed is persistent and will grow throughout the year. They grow in both hot and cold climates. They are still green even when other flowers begin to die in the fall. They have a flower that is in the shape of the star even during the cold winter months.




This weed is related to the morning glory. They can twist their steam around until they are able to reach the top of bigger plants.


Poison Ivy


This plant has clinging vines and roots that come out of the stem. They can cling to tree bark as well as stone.




This is a dangerous weed. They will kill the plants around them and take over the lawn.

They do not have leaves or green pigments so they do not go through photosynthesis to make their own food. They need to curl around other plants and take the nourishment from them. They have sucker like roots that take the nutrients from the other plants.


Creeping Weeds


These weeds have thick taproots that allow them to reach deep in the ground to get water. They can even survive during a drought. These weeds include burdocks, dandelions, and primrose.

The stems of some creeping weeds allow them to grow below the surface of sidewalks and cause cracks. They can grow a colony of plants. These plants include milkweed and the sheep sorrel.

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