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– Flat blades with sharp points
– Adapts to areas of poor drainage
– Broader than crabgrass
Dandelion – Taraxacum officnale
Bull Thistle – Cirsium vulgare
Nutsedge – Cvperus esculents (yellow – left), Cvperus rotundus (purple – right)
Diodia virginiana is a mat-forming spreading perennial herb. Leaves are elliptic to lance-shaped and are joined across the stem by a lightly hairy membrane. Leaves are dark green and shiny, with white tubular flowers at each leaf axel. The weed can be found in New Jersey, west to Illinois and Missouri and south into the Gulf Coast states.
Desmodium canum is a perennial which grows from a large taproot with long, extensively branched hairy runners rooting at nodes. Leaves maintain a trifoliate appearance that varies in size with an elliptic shape including a pointed tip. Creeping Beggarweed is found throughout Florida and in southern Texas.
Know your Enemy!
Knowing what your weeds look like will help you to defeat them!
Trifolium arvense is a winter annual with densely hairy leaves and stems. Rabbitfoot Clover is identified by alternating leaves with three, narrow, oblong leaflets and smooth leaf margins with small teeth-like projections at the tip. Rabbitfoot Clover can be found throughout the Southeastern United States to the central peninsula of Florida, west to Louisiana and north to Missouri.
Taraxacum officinale is a stemless perennial. With its deep taproots, the Dandelion is identified by the single yellow flower at the end of each long, hollow stalk. When the weed matures, the yellow flower matures into white, puff balls containing seeds. Dandelion can be found throughout the continental United states, Alaska and Hawaii.
Medicago lupulina L. is a taprooted summer annual or, less commonly, a winter annual or biennial. Black Medic is dark green in appearance, with leaves composed of three leaflets on long petioles. Black Medic can be found throughout the continental United States and Hawaii – especially in lesser or unmaintained turf.
Eragrostis ciliarisis an erect summer annual with smooth leaves that have hairs on the upper margins of the leaf sheaths. Gophertail Lovegrass can also be identified by its rolled venation. It can be found in New Jersey, south into Florida and west into Texas.
After working hard to make your lawn look lush and well-manicured, it’s unfortunate to see it all go to waste when weeds start invading the turf. Weeds are unwanted plants that plenty of lawn owners have to deal with. These pesky plants can easily invade a turf, especially those that prefer our warm and humid climate.
Aside from aesthetics, controlling and removing weeds is important to improve the health of your lawn. These pesky invaders may also steal nutrients from the grass, plants, and more. If they are not controlled, your lawn will become untidy, or worse, the grass and flowers may start to wither.
Before you start removing these out-of-place plants or start controlling them, you should first find out what you’re dealing with. You won’t be able to properly remove and prevent weeds in your yard if you don’t know what type it is. To help you out, here are some of the weeds that one may find in their Florida lawn.