There are many types of garden weeds, making it difficult to know how to kill weeds, as not all methods work the same for all weed types. For this reason, we have attempted to make the task of weed control in lawns and gardens easier by providing tips on how to identify garden weeds. Once you know more about the common garden weeds found in the landscape, you’ll have a better idea on how to kill weeds that become bothersome. Whether it comes down to taking an organic approach or using a chemical method, our tips will alleviate future problems.
Not all exotic and non-native plants are invasive, and not all native plants are strictly non-invasive. It can be confusing, but even native plants can grow in such a way that they become problematic and invasive. Learn more about this here.
Weeds will plague any garden patch and the native garden is no exception. Non-native weeds are the worst, but even indigenous species bully their way into the garden bed. Click here for tips on how to control native garden weeds in your landscape.
Using pigweed plants in the kitchen is one way to manage this plant that many gardeners call a pest or a weed. Common throughout the U.S., pigweed is edible from its leaves and stems down to its small seeds. Learn more about pigweed as food in this article.
Japanese knotweed has a reputation as an aggressive, noxious weed, and it’s well-deserved because it can grow 3 feet (1 m.) every month, sending roots up to 10 feet (3 m.) into the earth. However, this plant isn’t all bad because certain parts of it are edible. Learn more here.
A bane to some gardeners, creeping Charlie can, indeed, infiltrate the landscape becoming impossible to eradicate. But what if eating creeping Charlie was an option? Would it be any more palatable in the landscape? Click here to find out if you can eat creeping Charlie plants.
Have you wondered what in the world you can do with that gigantic pile of weeds you just pulled from your garden? You might be surprised to learn that some of them, including lambsquarters, are edible. Learn more about eating lambsquarters plants here.
What you may not realize as you’re hoeing or pulling weeds, is that although it may look like just another stubborn invader, hairy bittercress actually has a pungent, peppery flavor and many uses in the kitchen. The entire plant is edible. Click here to learn more.
Curious about garlic mustard edibility? Garlic mustard may have tasty potential, but it is a noxious weed. It is a biennial plant that can be used in cooking but whose presence is potentially damaging to native flora. Learn more about using garlic mustard plants in this article.
The use of chemical weed control is surrounded with uncertainties and debate, especially Roundup and its effects. Are there safe alternatives to Roundup for weeds in the garden? There are. Click on the following article for more information.
You take a simple nature walk only to discover hundreds of sharp little burrs stuck in your pants, socks and shoes. These nasty burrs from cocklebur are no doubt an intolerable nuisance. Learn about controlling cocklebur weeds in this article.
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
You may be curious about using sheep’s sorrel in the garden rather than eradicating this common weed. So, is sheep’s sorrel edible and what uses does it have? Click here to learn more about sheep’s sorrel herbal use and decide if this “weed” is right for you.
The presence of weeds in the garden can send many gardeners into a tizzy but, most “weeds” are not as horrible as we make them out to be – they just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. As is the case for the use chickweed plants. Learn more here.
Beautiful gardens and well-groomed lawns can be labor intensive, but the suppression of unwanted weeds can be quite the undertaking, too. Luckily, there are several options when for removal of troublesome weeds, including berm weed control. Learn more here.
Yellow sweetclover is neither a true clover nor especially sweet. Is yellow sweetclover a weed? Sometimes. Click this aticle for more information on why yellow sweetclover is considered a weed in some areas and tips on yellow sweetclover management.
Houndstongue is in the same plant family as forget-me-nots and Virginia bluebells, but you might not want to encourage its growth. It is a poisonous herb that can kill livestock, so getting rid of houndstongue is a good idea. This article can help with that.
Hedge parsley is an invasive weed that can grow in a variety of conditions. Read up on hedge parsley information in this article to learn how to recognize and manage it in your garden or small farm. Click here for more info.
A stale seedbed is the result of careful cultivation and then a rest period to allow weeds to grow. Sound crazy? The process minimizes weeds once crops are planted. Here are some tips on how to use a stale seedbed so you don't have to spend all your time weeding the garden.
Not all weed control products or herbicides work the same way on every weed. The more you know about a specific weed, the easier it will be to choose the correct method of control. In this article, we will specifically discuss weedy cruciferous plants.
Yellow nutsedge plants are also called earth almonds due to the tuber's similar flavor. While not on local restaurant menus yet, this weed has potentnial. If you're curious about those spiky perennial weeds in your garden, then this article has more information.
Winter grass is an unsightly, clumping weed that can turn a beautiful lawn into an ugly mess very quickly. The grass is a huge problem across Australia and much of Europe. It is also bothersome in the U.S., where it is known as annual bluegrass or poa. Learn more here.
To some it may be known as ?buckvine? and ?cow itch? but to others it may be known as an expletive due to its vigorous root system. Once it takes hold, it will overtake a garden and choke out plants in its path. Click here to learn more about peppervine control.
It has pretty flowers, but is white campion a weed? Yes, and if you see flowers on the plant, the next step is seed production, so it?s time to take measures to control it. Here is some white campion info that will help you if this plant has appeared on your property.
There?s a hitchhiker lurking in your car right now and you don?t even know it. Fortunately, it?s not the kind that might end up on the nightly news, but it?s almost as bad where the ecosystem is concerned. Learn more about hitchhiking weeds in this article.
Cat?s ear is a common flowering weed that is often mistaken for a dandelion. Most often appearing in disturbed areas, it will also appear in lawns. Learn more about recognizing cat?s ear flowers and controlling the plant in the following article.
If you view tumbling tumbleweed as an icon of the American West, you are not alone. Tumbleweed?s real name is Russian thistle and it is very, very invasive. For information about Russian thistle weeds, including tips on how to get rid of Russian thistle, click here.
People makes mistakes. Unfortunately, some of these mistakes can harm animals, plants and our environment. One example is the introduction of non-native, invasive plants like the showy crotalaria. What is showy crotalaria? Click here for the answer.
Maidencane spreads readily and quickly and can pose a threat to native plants. For this reason, controlling maidencane weeds in some regions is a necessity. There are several different methods of maidencane control. This article will help with that.
What is mile-a-minute weed? The common name gives you a good idea about where this story is heading. Mile-a-minute weed (Persicaria perfoliata) is a super invasive Asian vine. Click this article for information about mile-a-minute weed control.
What is myrtle spurge? It?s a kind of a weed bearing the scientific name of Euphorbia myrsinites. Myrtle spurge plants are very invasive and managing myrtle spurge weeds is not easy. Click here for information about methods of myrtle spurge control.
Stinkweed is a smelly lawn weed with an odor similar to rotten garlic with a hint of turnip. It can take over your yard if you don?t start a management program early in the season. Find out about stinkweed control in this article.
Goosefoot is an annual weed closely related to chard and spinach. It invades lawns and gardens throughout the U.S., and if left to its own devices, it can take over. Learn about nettleleaf goosefoot identification and control in this article.
Shepherd?s purse weeds are among the most plentiful prolific weeds in the world. No matter where you live, you won?t have to travel far from your door to find this plant. Find out about controlling shepherd?s purse in this article.
Just when you think all your weeding is done, you spot the unsightly mat of weeds between your shed and fence. While glyphosate just may do the trick, there are other, earth-friendlier options for weed control in tight places. Learn more here.
Thorny olive control can be difficult because of the long, sharp thorns that sprout from its branches, and because of the spread of seeds from its fruit. Click here to learn more facts on Elaeagnus pungens and how to control thorny olive plants.
You?ve likely heard of stinging nettle, but what about its cousin, burning nettle. What is burning nettle, and what does burning nettle look like? Learn more about burning nettle plants in this article.
Oxalis looks a bit like a miniature clover plant, but it bears tiny yellow flowers. It is occasionally grown as a groundcover but to most gardeners it is a tenacious and annoying weed. Learn more about its control in this article.
There are many different types of crabgrass. How many types of crabgrass are there? There are nearly 35 different species, depending upon whom you ask. Learn more about the most common forms of crabgrass in this article.
Where weed killers wipe out other pesky plants, dayflowers charge right ahead without any competition. So how can you go about controlling dayflowers? Click here to learn how to get rid of dayflower and how to go about dayflower weed control.
Flowering gorse shrubs are important in nature since they provide shelter and food for many insects and birds. However, the tenacious shrub spreads quickly and can become invasive. Click here for more gorse bush facts and information on gorse control.
Shaggy soldier weed plants are a serious weed pest in many areas. Also known as Galinsoga weeds, they can reduce yield by up to half in row crops. Use the facts from this article so you can safely and successfully combat this tenacious weed.
It?s a terrible thing when a favorite old-time ornamental goes rogue and becomes an invasive plant. Unfortunately, it happens all too often - and if you?re facing a Mexican petunia invasion, you?ll be happy you read this article.
Eliminating torpedograss in the lawn is a tricky business, requiring tenacity and usually multiple chemical applications. The weed is nearly indestructible and has been known to come out through weed barrier fabric. Learn more in this article.
Most people who have this turfgrass in their backyards are asking how to get rid of kikuyugrass. Find information and tips about removing kikygrass and how to kill kikuyugrass organically in the article that follows.
What is henbane? Henbane was introduced to North America from Europe. It has escaped cultivation since that time and is now found across most of the United States. Click here to learn more about this plant and its control.
What is common teasel? An exotic plant native to Europe, common teasel was introduced to North America by the earliest settlers. It has escaped cultivation and this article has information on controlling the plant.
Pineapple weed plants are broadleaf weeds that grow across Canada and the United States. It thrives in thin, rocky soil and is often found in disturbed sites. For information about identifying and managing pineapple weeds, click this article.
Learning the meanings of unfamiliar concepts will guide you in planning and planting, and help you create a beautiful and beneficial environment. So what is the difference between introduced, invasive, noxious and nuisance plants? Find out here.
Spanish needle is extremely aggressive and produces needle-like seeds that cling to everything they touch. If this sounds like a particular weed in your garden, the tips in this article can help with Spanish needle control.
Velvetleaf weeds, also known as buttonweed, wild cotton, butterprint and Indian mallow, are native to Southern Asia. These invasive plants wreak havoc in crops, roadsides, disturbed areas and pastures. Click here to learn more.
Swinecress is a weed found throughout much of the United States. It is a persistent nuisance that spreads quickly and smells unpleasant. Learn more about how to control swinecress in the article that follows.
Many of us spend tedious hours pulling the unwelcome weeds. It?s time to consider using organic herbicides for weeds. But do organic herbicides work? What is an organic herbicide anyway? Find out in this article.
Native to Europe and Asia, puncturevine weed is a mean, nasty plant that creates havoc wherever it grows. What makes puncturevine weed so vicious? Find out here and use the information found in this article to learn about puncturevine control.
Pennycress is oftentimes considered a weed. If the plant is not useful to you and is invading your land, learn how to control field pennycress by first identifying the plant and then choosing your treatment. This article will help.
No plant had more varied common names than tree of heaven. It is also called stink tree, stinking sumac and stinking chun because of its unpleasant odor. Click here for more information on stink tree control, including how to kill tree of heaven plants.
Sicklepod appears in springtime, offering bright green, attractive foliage and cheerful yellow flowers. But many people think of the plants as sicklepod weeds. For more sicklepod info and tips to get rid of sicklepod plants, click here.
Alligatorweed is very adaptable and invasive. It is an ecological, economic and biological threat. Tips for getting rid of alligatorweed can be found here in this article. Click now to learn more about this invasive weed.
Giant hogweed is one scary plant. What is giant hogweed? It is a Class A noxious weed and is on several quarantine lists. Learn more about its control and where it grows in this article. Click here for additional information.
What is poison sumac? This is an important question if you spend time in the great outdoors, and learning how to manage this nasty plant can save you some misery. For more poison sumac information, click this article.
Beautiful but treacherous, the Scotch thistle is the bane of farmers and ranchers everywhere - but it can also make a huge mess in your home garden. Find out what to do about these plants in this article. Click here to learn more.
When you have poison oak growing near your house, your thoughts turn to poison oak removal. Unfortunately, getting rid of poison oak is not an easy matter. Complete eradication is impossible, but control options in this article should help.
Greater celandine is an interesting, attractive flower known by several alternate names. Click on this article for greater celandine plant into, including concerns about greater celandine in gardens. Learn more here.
The British sometimes refer to scarlet pimpernel as the poor man's weather-glass because the flowers close when the sky is overcast, but there is nothing quaint about the plant's invasive potential. Find out about scarlet pimpernel control in this article.
The cheery yellow flowers are actually quite pretty, but buttercup has an insidious nature and will insert itself craftily into your landscape. The plant can be very difficult to control, but with help from this article, it is possible.
Fuzzy and noxious, dogfennel is a weed to be reckoned with. If you?ve got this pest plant hanging around your garden or poking up through your lawn, you?ve got plenty of options for control. Read this article to find out more.
Smartweed, also called Pennsylvania smartweed or Japanese smartweed, is a troublesome weed that can infest lawns and gardens. This article contains tips to help you take control of this pesky nuisance. Click here for more information.
Horsenettle is a poisonous member of the nightshade family that resists most attempts at control. For horsenettle, herbicide is the most practical control method for many gardeners. This article tells you how to get rid of this pesky weed for good.
Conium maculatum isn?t the kind of parsley you want in your cooking, but a deadly wild herb. Learn to identify poison parsley in your yard as well as information on poison hemlock control so you can protect your family and pets. Click this article to learn more.
Every perfect lawn represents a hard-won battle against weeds like purple deadnettle. If your lawn has spots of this annoying purple plant, read this article for some ideas on how to eliminate it once and for all.
Hemp dogbane weed is also known as Indian hemp. Both names refer to its one-time use as a fiber plant. Today, it has quite a different reputation and is something of a scourge in certain regions of the country. Learn more about its control here.
Herb Robert geranium has the ability to spread and take over native habitat quickly and prolifically. Fortunately, Herb Robert control is easy and non-toxic, although a bit tedious and time consuming. This article goes over its identification and control.
Cinquefoil is similar in appearance to strawberries; however, this weed isn?t as well-behaved as its domestic cousin. If you determine the bothersome plant is indeed cinquefoil, you have a difficult problem on your hands. This article will help.
Although we have a poured driveway, my neighbor is not so lucky and the rampant weeds coming though gravel rocks are enough to drive her crazy. What are some methods for preventing weeds in gravel and/or removing these persistent gravel weed plants? Find out here.
Cracks and crevasses in pavement are comfortable hiding places for weed seeds. Weeds in pavement are advantageous and use these convenient locations to secrete their seeds until growing conditions are optimal. This article will help with weed control in pavement.
Red clover is both a benefit and a pest, whose presence in the landscape can be either planned or accidental. It is important to have full red clover plant info so you can make up your mind as to whether this plant is an angel or an imp. Click here for more info.
Dodder weed control and management is of paramount importance to many commercial crop growers. A parasitic annual weed, dodder afflicts many crops, ornamentals and native plants virtually decimating them. Find out how to get rid of dodder in this article.
Wild cucumber vine is attractive and some people consider it worthy of ornamental status. To most gardeners, however, wild cucumber plants are pesky weeds. Read here to learn more wild cucumber facts and get tips for controlling its growth.
Poison hemlock plant is one of those nasty weeds that no one wants in their garden. Every part of this noxious plant is poisonous, and its invasive nature makes it nearly impossible to control without chemicals. Find out more about the weed in this article.
What may be a noxious weed to one gardener is a thing of beauty to another. This might not be the case with willowherb weeds, as it's quite aggressive. Read this article for some clues on how to get rid of willowherb once and for all.
Glyphosate is one of the most widely used herbicides in the U.S., but is it safe? There is much debate about glyphosate dangers in the garden, our environment, wildlife and even us. Find out about the safety of glyphosate herbicide in this article.
Amongst the multitude of weeds that can be found invading the garden is wild lettuce weeds - unrelated to lettuce. So what is wild lettuce and how can you get rid of wild prickly lettuce? Click on this article to find out more.
Bull thistle is a prickly biennial that grows freely in disturbed soils, pastures, ditches, roadsides and unmanaged spaces. Read here to learn how to get rid of bull thistle and prevent this prolific weed from taking over your garden.
Yellow rattle plant is an attractive wildflower that adds beauty to a naturalistic environment or a wildflower garden. However, the plant, also known as yellow rattle weed, spreads rapidly and can become highly invasive. Learn more here.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Mugwort is a persistent weed but it is also a member of the Artemisia family of beneficial herbs. Mugwort control is a challenge due to its hardiness and spreading rhizomes, but the tips in this article should help.
Kudzu plant is native to Japan and literally grows like a weed with vines that may exceed 100 feet in length. Kudzu vine removal is a wide spread issue and you can do your part with a little persistence and some chemical assistance. Click here for more info.
While beach grasses normally help with erosion and stabilize soil, crowsfoot grass can be an invasive weed of coastal turf grasses and open, exposed soils. Keep crowsfoot under control by reading this article.
If pulling the pesky plants for hours is not your idea of fun, try a post-emergence herbicide. What are post-emergent herbicides and how can they keep your garden beds looking perfect? Learn more here.
Pre-emergence weed killers are used on established lawns as part of an annual effort to combat plant pests. What are pre-emergent herbicides? Learn more about them n this article. Click here for more info.
There are times when the only way to get rid of a stubborn weed is to treat it with an herbicide. Read here to learn more about using herbicide in gardens. Click the link to get additional information.
Windmill grass is named for its unusual windmill-like appearance. Windmill grass control is often necessary, as this is a prolific grower. Find out about this grass and its growing conditions in the following article.
Coltsfoot is a weed that goes by many names, with many referring to animal feet. Due to its invasive habit, learning how to get rid of coltsfoot plants is important. The information in this article can help.
A fast grower that can quickly cover lawn and garden areas, control of barnyardgrass is often necessary to prevent the weed from getting out of hand. Keep reading to learn more about barnyardgrass weeds.
Stinkgrass weeds are among the annual grasses that plague and pester lawn care gurus and vegetable gardeners alike during warm days. Read here to find information and tips for controlling stinkgrass weed.
We?ve all been there. Spring arrives and our grass is becoming that green carpet in which you love to spread your bare toes. But what have we here? Sticky spurweed plants in your lawn. Get tips to control them here.
While a small patch of reeds may be an attractive addition to the landscaping, they spread so quickly that they?ll take over the lawn if you don?t take steps to kill them off. Read here for tips on controlling reed grass.
Oxeye daisy is a pretty little perennial flower that might remind you of Shasta daisies, but don?t let this similarity fool you. This plant can quickly invade areas of the landscape. Get help controlling them here.
Did you know that some plants are so invasive that there are government agencies created specifically to control them? Chinese violet weed is just such a plant. Learn more about controlling Chinese violet here.
What is a weed barrier? Weed barrier cloth is a geotextile composed of polypropylene with a meshed texture similar to burlap. Read the following article to learn more about how to use weed barrier in the garden.
Where soil has poor drainage and low nitrogen, you will undoubtedly find sorrel weeds. This unwelcomed perennial summer weed spreads by underground rhizomes. Learn more about getting rid of sorrel here.
Weeds are always a cause for frustration, but carpetweed in lawns and gardens can really be annoying. Once it takes hold, carpetweed control can be difficult. So what can you do about it? Read here for more info.
Invasive plants, also known as aggressive garden plants, are simply plants that spread rapidly and are difficult to control. Depending on your landscaping needs, aggressive plants are not always bad. Learn more here.
What is foxtail weed? The plant is usually an annual but occasionally a perennial. It invades disturbed soils across North America and produces thick ?foxtails? of seeds that spread prolifically. Learn more here.
Dame?s rocket, also known as sweet rocket, may be an attractive flower but is considered a noxious weed. It behaves badly in the garden and is difficult to eradicate once it gets a foothold. Learn more here.
Late winter and spring signal growth of all plants but especially weeds, like hairy bittercress weed. What is hairy bittercress? This article explains more as well as how to keep the weed under control.
Both yellow and dalmation toadflax are noxious weeds. If you already have toadflax in the garden and need to get it under control, you should know that its control is a challenge. That being said, this article should help.
Umbrella flat sedge is an ornamental grass often seen at the edges of rivers and ponds. The plant may become invasive in some areas, so it is important to become familiar with its control. Learn more here.
The purple loosestrife plant is an extremely invasive perennial. It has become a menace to the native plants where it chokes out the growth of all its competitors. This article has tips on how to control this weed.
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Broomsedge grass is a perennial, native weed reseeding from the heads on the broomsedge plant. The best way to get rid of broomsedge in the lawn is to stop it before it can spread. This article will help.
Control of bahia grass is important in lawns to minimize competition. The grass seeds prolifically and spreads into turf areas. Find out more about bahia grass and its control in the article that follows.
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Johnson grass has plagued farmers since its introduction as a forage crop. This invasive and noxious weed has gotten so out of control that many states require landowners to kill Johnson grass. Learn more here.
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Both small and giant smutgrass is a problem in pastures in southern areas of the U.S. When their seeds sprout in your landscape, you will be looking for a way to kill smutgrass. This article will help.
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Duckweed is a rapidly spreading aquatic plant that deprives ponds of oxygen. It is important to get rid of duckweed for the health of your pond and existing aquatic life. The following article can help with that.
If your lawn is filled with prickly burrs, you likely have burr weeds. With a little vigilance, however, it is possible to control burr medic and improve the health of your lawn. Learn more in this article.
Pigweed, in general, covers several different kinds of weeds. A common form of pigweed is prostrate pigweed. This invasive weed has made itself at home in lawns and gardens. Find out more in this article.
White clover is a plant that is either loved or hated by the homeowner. Knowing how to control white clover in lawns and garden beds is helpful. Get more info in this article and get ahead of this weed.
Though Japanese knotweed plant looks like bamboo, it is not a bamboo. But while it may not be a true bamboo, it still acts like bamboo. Japanese knotweed can be very invasive. Learn about its control here.
For an allergy sufferer, having your lawn or garden invaded by ragweed can be near torture. Controlling ragweed will help to keep your garden looking nice and alleviate allergy symptoms. Learn more here.
While getting rid of the creeping charlie weed is difficult, if you know a few tips and tricks about how to get rid of creeping charlie, you can beat this annoying lawn invader. This article will help with that.
Crabgrass is a frustrating and difficult to control weed that is frequently found in lawns. Getting rid of crabgrass completely is next to impossible, but this article can help. Click here for more info.
The purslane plant can be a difficult weed to control due to its multiple survival methods. Much like a zombie, even after you think you have killed it, it can come back to life again and again. Find how to control it here.
Any gardener that has had the displeasure of having bindweed in their garden, knows how frustrating and infuriating these weeds can be. Controlling bindweed can be difficult, but it can be done. Learn more here.
Eliminating quackgrass in your garden can be tricky but it can be done. Getting rid of quackgrass requires persistence. Learn how to get rid of quackgrass from your yard and flower beds in this article.
There are natural ways to kill unwanted grass without introducing chemicals into the home landscape. So if you have a patchy lawn, grass weeds or an area of sod you want removed for a garden bed, click this article for tips on how to get rid of grass naturally.
Chickweed is a common problem in the lawn and garden. While difficult to control, it is possible. Read this article to learn about the best way to kill chickweed before it becomes out of hand in the landscape.
Getting familiar with weeds can help you improve growing conditions in your garden. So what do weeds tell you about your soil? Learn about weed soil indicators and soil conditions for weeds in the article that follows.
Conventional, or chemical, weed killers should be used sparingly; however, when done correctly, this method of control can save endless hours spent in the lawn or garden. Find out more in this article.