purple weeds growing in lawn

Type: Broadleaf annual

Size: To 18 inches tall and 20 inches wide

Control: Prevent pokeweed with a deep layer of mulch. Once the plant grows, hand-pull or spot-treat it with an herbicide.

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Control: Mulch garden areas in spring to prevent pigweed or use a preemergence herbicide in spring. Pull weeds by hand or spray with a postemergence weed killer.

Control: To prevent this weed, mulch garden beds in spring. Pull plants by hand or apply a postemergence herbicide once it grows.


Where It Grows: Lawn, landscape, and garden areas in sun or shade

Appearance: White clover has three-lobe leaves and round white flower clusters. The plants quickly spread outward to form dense mats of foliage.

Purple weeds growing in lawn

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Creeping Charlie is one of the most stubborn of lawn weeds, but it has shallow roots and is easy enough to pull if you are patient and diligent. It is also susceptible to control using household borax.

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Clover (Trifolium ssp.)

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The common dandelion is a member of the aster family. It arrived in North America from Europe and quickly established itself as a wildflower—and common lawn weed.

Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea)

But if you are resolute about eradicating the clover mixed in with your turf grass, there are both chemical and organic means to do so. For the former, seek a broadleaf herbicide intended for use on the type of grass that you’re growing (study the label on the bottle carefully). Along with other broadleaf weeds, clover will also be killed by such herbicides.

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