6 Common Weeds and How to Eradicate Them

Updated on March 28, 2019
Ashleign profile image

Ashleign is a woodworker and yard enthusiast. He loves helping people get enthusiastic about working in their yards.

Nut-Sedge

Name: Nut-Sedge

Ashleign's Nickname: Honey! We're moving!

Difficulty: Painful

Identification: Not to be confused with monkey grass, green grassy, intrusive. Spreads quickly.

How to Kill It: Liquid, granular, chemicals. Dig it, pull it, or fire it.

How to Prevent It: Pre-emergent, drowning.

Nut-sedge is a special kind of grass that often grows in Bermuda grass lawns. The reason this grass is difficult is because of its root system that often embeds itself deep below root level of your typical grass. Like Bermuda grass, nut-sedge prefers hot and sandy environments, which can cause issues for the average homeowner in its eradication.

Nut-sedge truly has a nut underground. Destroy the nut and destroy the plant. Digging up the plant is a good way to eradicate it. However, holes will need to be filled with play sand or rock-less sand.

Chemicals can be used as well, such as Sedge-Killer. Apple cider vinegar and baking soda have also been reported to work well.

Tall Fescue

Name: Tall Fescue

Ashleign's Nickname: I wish my actual grass was this color.

Difficulty: Ugghhh

Identification: Round and patchy, taller than fescue, different color than grass

How to Kill It: Dig it. Drown it. Burn it.

How to Prevent It: Unfortunately . . . yeaa . . .

Tall fescue is hard not to like. First, let's differentiate from fescue, which is a grass, from tall fescue, which is also a grass. Tall fescue is a weed because it grows in patches and drowns other grasses and weeds. It has a dark green color, which will often stand out from the Bermuda color. Unfortunately, tall fescue is hard to prevent and eradicate. Since it is a grass, however, you can dig it up and drown it with other grasses.

Crabgrass

Name: Crabgrass

Ashleign's Nickname: Darkness, my old friend.

Difficulty: Stress reliever

Identification: Sprawling patches, stems with single leaves and seeds.

How to Kill It: Liquid, granular, chemicals. Dig it or pull it. Flamethrower.

How to Prevent It: Pre-emergent, drowning.

Crabgrass is a stress reliever, because once you grab it all in one handful, lift with your legs, not your back, you will find new grace in making that crabgrass your bitch. Be sure to fill in those holes with sand, water, and pre-emergent.

Crabgrass can be eradicated with a small amount of Image Weed Killer or by pulling and preventing.

Clover

Name: Clover

Ashleign's Nickname: This is the last time I am looking.

Difficulty: EZ PZ

Identification: You know what it looks like, come on. Look for leprechauns. Broadleaf.

How to Kill It: Liquid, granular, chemicals. Dig it or fire it.

How to prevent it: Pre-emergent, drowning.

Clover is simple. You can use either vinegar or broadleaf killer. It will die, and you will lose a pastime of looking for four-leafers.

Thistle

Name: Thistle

Ashleign's Nickname: *barefoot in the yard* Holy &$@#$ what was that?!?

Difficulty: Simple

Identification: When you step on it barefoot, you'll know. Spiney cabbage, non-edible, sharp spikey leaves. Broadleaf.

How to Kill It: Liquid, granular, chemicals. Dig it or fire it.

How to Prevent It: Pre-emergent works great on this stuff, but Bermuda can also drown it.

Deadnettle

Name: Deadnettle

Ashleign's Nickname: Thumper Food

Difficulty: Ehh

Identification: Everyone remembers what Thumper ate in Bambi. Soft leaves, often confused with clover for its softness. Broadleaf.

How to Kill It: Liquid, granular, chemicals. Dig it or fire it.

How to Prevent It: Pre-emergent, drowning.

This stuff is a lot like ivy. Deprive it of sunlight and it will die. Or spray 2,4-D and kill everything.

Do you have any of these weeds?

See results

Vocabulary

  • Drowning: What the author means by this term is to deprive the plant of sunlight, otherwise drowning the plant. This does not mean to overwater a plant. Water creates moisture. Moisture and shade create fungus. Be careful how and when you water your plants.
  • Fire, or Burn, or Flamethrower: Exactly how it sounds. Carefully set on fire the plant you despise or hate with a passion. For some, it works. For others, it helps the plant rejuvenate.
  • Digging: Quite literally using a shovel to dig it up. We recommend a skinny shovel. It's much easier to shove it in the ground, and it only leaves a small hole.

Additional Tips

  • For any hole you have, regular play sand without rocks can be used to fill it. Add water and your grass will spread to the sand.
  • Water your lawn in the early morning or early afternoon. If you water at the hottest time of the day, the water will evaporate and you will waste it. Water it too late and you will create fungus in your yard.
  • Shade and water do not mix! It creates fungus. Fungus is very hard to get rid of once you have it.
  • Avoid spraying 2,4-D close to dark. 2,4-D can drift at night. It is extremely powerful.
  • Image Weed Killer kills grass! Do not use Image if you like your grass. But sometimes it's all you can do to get rid of the weeds. Just thrash the area when it dies, sand it, pre-emerge, and water the hell out of it.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, dengarden.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://dengarden.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)