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One of the most effective ways to prevent Nutsedge is to grow a thick and hardy lawn that will crowd out Nutsedge, and prevent this invasive grass-like weed from being able to properly root and grow those rhizomes and tubers that make it so invasive.

It’s also possible to crowd out many of these invasive species by planting additional grass seed seasonally (overseeding) to create a thick and lush lawn.

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It is propagated by above-ground seeds as well as below-ground tubers that form with the help of the root system. The deeper root structure with rhizome propagation makes slender rush a particularly invasive species to get under control in lawns, because it can still be present even if you can’t necessarily see it yet.

The seedlings of thistles have spines or bristles on their leaves that can be easily identified. You can easily pull it out during the earlier stages before the roots are well established. If they have already grown into large plants, you can still make use of herbicides and kill them during the late summer or in early fall. Mowing the lawn once in a while to avoid any seeding, this will also control the dispersion of the plant.

Thistles are major invaders of agricultural lands and 22 U.S. states have declared them to be noxious weeds. These perennial weeds have soft, dark-greened, spear shaped leaves that has barbed ends with sharp spines. They produce clusters of purple colored flowers and if allowed to seed, the flowers will disperse seeds at maturity.

The whole plant including the leaves, flowers, and the entire taproot have to be removed to avoid regrowth. Mowing wouldn’t be of much help because they will adjust their height to that of the grass and continue to grow. Use some weed killers during the spring and cut out any visible flowers, before they can mature and spread out their seeds.

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These perennial weeds appear mostly in ornamental beds and in unkempt lawns. They have a thick tap root that allows them to survive even during the harsh winters. During the spring they sprout with green colored, oval shaped leaves. They flower during the early spring to the mid-summer and this weed comes in two types – broadleaf and buckhorn plantain.

If you spot a clover it means that the soil is in poor conditions. You can apply nitrogen fertilizers and water the soil, bringing back the nutrients to the soil will help get rid of clover. Some weed killers can also be used for eliminating clover, if found in large numbers. If your yard has sensitive grass like zyosia or St. Augustine grass, avoid weed killers and focus on getting rid of them in a more natural way.

While choosing weed-control products, make sure that you target only the weeds and safeguard all the grass and other garden plants. Always ensure the wellness and health of the plants in your yard by watering and mowing them regularly. Eliminate the weeds and prevent their return, using minimum weed killers to ensure the soundness of the soil. Get rid of these common weeds, and make your lawn an awesome, stunning place to hangout! And when you’re ready to start planting new grass seed, check out another article in this series, Grass Seed 101: 8 of the Most Common Types.

If one or two weeds are found they can be easily plucked out using regular gardening tools. But a ground ivy infected lawn needs high mowing and deep, infrequent watering. Make sure you cut them out during the summers, while their growth is stalled or very less. You should also make use of lawn fertilizers to encourage thick growth of grass.

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*Always consult the product label for your specific lawn grass type before using any type of weed control products.

Pennington UltraGreen Crabgrass Preventer Plus Fertilizer III 30-0-4

Broadleaf, mat-forming perennial with a distinctive odor when crushed.

By seeds and rhizomes, but primarily by underground tubers known as nutlets.