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Types of Weeds that You are Likely to Encounter in Your Yard

Posted by Stephanie Morgan on September 06, 2021 @ 9:00 am PST

No one wants to see weeds popping up in their yard. You can spend hours mowing and trimming only to see rogue weeds sprouting up just a few days later. It can be so frustrating! One step you can take to help with weed control is to learn about the different types of weeds you are likely to encounter in your yard. Educating yourself about the types of weeds can help you determine the best course of action when it comes to treating those weeds. The three primary types of weeds that you are likely to encounter include perennial weeds, annual weeds, and bulbil-producing weeds.

Perennial weeds

You may be familiar with the term ‘perennial’ if you enjoy planting flowers in your yard. Perennial basically means that the plant will die off but grow back year after year. If this term is applied to flowers in your flowerbed, then perennial is a good thing. However, when it comes to weeds, perennial is not what you want. Perennial weeds include common weeds like dandelions, thistles, and daisies. The root systems that these weeds develop as they grow are large and complex. The significant root system is what makes it possible for these types of weeds to come back year after year. You can kill these weeds off at the surface level and face regrowth the next year if you did not address the root system.

Annual weeds

Annual weeds do not develop large root systems that allow them to come back year after year. However, the lifecycles of this type of weed develops very quickly. This means that annual weeds can seem to pop up out of nowhere. The quick growth of annual weeds is partially due to their shallow root systems. Having a root system that is close to the surface allows this type of weed to grow and spread quickly. Without intervention, annual weeds can take over your yard in no time. Examples of annual weeds include chickweed and groundsel.

Bulbil-producing weeds

Bulbil-producing is a term that may not be as familiar to you as perennial or annual. These weeds get their name from the fact that they produce networks of miniature bulbs in the soil. These weeds and their bulbs can be difficult to eradicate. Examples of bulbil-producing weeds include Oxalis and buttercups. The unfortunate reality is that you can have multiple types of weeds in your yard at the same time. Each type of weed has unique characteristics and must be treated with a method that addresses those characteristics. Dealing with multiple types of weeds successfully on your own can be difficult. You will likely end up spending a lot of time, money, and effort looking for the right combination of pesticides to eliminate the various weeds. Another option is to bring in a lawn care professional to handle weed control at your home. The pros at The Experienced Gardener regularly treat each type of weed outlined above. You can put weed control in the hands of the professionals and spend your time enjoying your weed-free yard instead.