May 07 , 2020

12 Most Common Kinds of Weeds (and How to Remove Them)

The Family HandymanHow to Kill Weeds Learn more about how to eliminate weeds from your grass.

Prevention Provides the Best Defense

Not everyone agrees on what a weed is. One person may welcome sunny yellow dandelions, while others pounce to eradicate them before one of the plant kingdom’s most cleverly engineered seed machines do their thing.

We can all agree, though, that certain unwelcome invaders pop up among vegetables, creep into the lawn, wedge their way into driveway and sidewalk crevices, or launch a full-on invasion.

The best defense is preventing weeds from taking root in the first place. Keep your lawn lush and eliminate thin, vulnerable spots. Mulch around garden plants and landscaping to stop seeds from reaching the soil. The Weed Science Society of America recommends making sure backyard compost reaches a high enough temperature to decompose any weed seeds mixed in with grass clippings or leaves.

If weeds do take root, decide whether you’re willing to eradicate weeds by hand and hoe, experiment with homemade or organic weed killers or go for a commercial herbicide.

Here’s a look at some of the most common weeds and how to keep them from taking over.

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