5 Common Lawn Weeds

5 Common Lawn Weeds

A thick, lush, green lawn is one of the hallmarks of a homeowner who has it all together. Taking pride in the appearance of your lawn sets your home apart and shows a high level of care and attention to detail. A freshly cut and striped lawn stretching out in front of you feels good, doesn’t it? But for most of us, those things called weeds are everywhere. They can make maintaining a healthy lawn seem impossible and are extremely difficult to get rid of. The culprits come in all shapes and sizes, and they occur in all types of climates. Don’t forget that you can find many other lawn care products on the shelves of your local, independent Do it Best store!


This may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of lawn weeds. These plants can quickly take over your lawn and make a statement with their bright yellow flowers. Your kids may think they’re cute when they pick them and bring them back to you, but next time, send them out with a hand weeder to actually do the job!

Once the heads turn into fluffy white seeds, they will sprout all over your lawn. The roots are deep and must be completely removed so they don’t come back. Because this plant is so common, there are many products available to rid your lawn of dandelions. Many weed control products or lawn foods are specifically designed to get rid of dandelions, and you can spray them with herbicides that won’t harm your lawn.


Ragwort is another common weed that affects homeowners across the country. It likes to spread in weak areas of your lawn. If you haven’t watered properly or mow your lawn too short, crabgrass can quickly take hold. It forms a tight circle of leaves and can be difficult to uproot.

This weed needs to be treated before it appears in the spring. Therefore, it is best to apply one of the many crabgrass preventatives and lawn products early. If crabgrass has already appeared, continue crabgrass treatment as needed.

White Clover

While this weed was once accepted as part of a normal lawn, many homeowners are now trying to get rid of it. It appears where the soil is low in nitrogen, so increasing soil fertility can control it. You can try pulling it out by hand and applying fertilizer directly to the area.

You can also apply a herbicide as recommended, but you may have to apply it several times a year to get real results.


Chickweed is a persistent plant that spreads in clumps where there is shade and plenty of water. It is especially problematic in lawns that are thin or do not drain well.

The easiest way to rid your lawn of chickweed is to pull it out by hand, as it is relatively easy to remove. However, if you have an infestation, applying an herbicide in the spring and fall can prevent it from spreading. Some also recommend going over the weeds and breaking the stems, spreading fertilizer, and letting the extra nitrogen take care of the weeds.

Prickly Lettuce

This weed looks like its name suggests, and it is a common weed that appears during the cooler seasons in most parts of the country. It grows in many different environments, but especially in sparse lawns or open areas.

Because of its thorny leaves, it can be uncomfortable on bare feet, and it spreads quickly through wind-borne seeds, like dandelions. It’s not easy to control by hand, so the best solution is to spot spray a herbicide after it appears. An overall healthy lawn goes a long way toward preventing prickly lettuce.