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Be Wary Of These Types of Weeds

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Many homeowners battle the threat of weeds without ever knowing exactly what kind of weed they are trying to kill. But becoming educated on weeds is a big part of the battle. Here are some of the more common weeds and how to remove them from your lawn.
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Lawn weeds are one of the primary problems that homeowners face. Not only is it difficult to get rid of them, it is even difficult to identify them. You need to be able to recognize some of the basic types of weeds in order to know how to fight them. Here is a list of the more common weeds and what to do about them. If you have any additional questions, a trip to your local home and garden center will get them answered.
  • Crabgrass. Crabgrass is primarily a summer weed that is identified by wide blades and a light green color. Crabgrass will not grow if the lawn in question has a good density. Mowing too low will also promote crabgrass growth.
  • Redroot Pigweed. This annual lawn weed has a reddish color and can grow to heights as tall as four feet. Redroot pigweed is found in lawns with poor soil composition and uneven turf. Herbicides are good against redwood pigweed.
  • Shepard's Purse. This weed is actually quite beautiful and could be mistaken for a flower. Shepard's Purse is similar to a dandelion and is from the mustard family. Simply pull this weed up by its roots in order to control it.
  • Common Mallow. Common Mallow is a lawn weed that frequently attacks newly seeded lawns or lawns that are in distress. Properly mowing and watering your lawn will eventually send Common Mallow packing early.

Knowing a little bit about the various weeds that can attack your lawn is the first step in winning the battle. Check with lawn professionals about specific questions you might have.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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