Guide to 7 Common Lawn Weeds

Get a handle on some of the most common weeds by learning how to identify them and how to kill them.

It only takes one weed to ruin a beautiful lawn ā€” but when is there ever just one? Get a handle on some of the most common weeds by learning how to identify them and how to kill them. (For all products, follow label instructions.)


See it. Dandelions have green leaves edged with 'teeth' that grow mostly flat to the ground. Bright yellow flowers fade to form a white puffball. They appear in spring and fall in lawns that aren't as full and healthy as they could be.

Treat it.


See it. Crabgrass is a grassy weed with blue-green leaves that form a crab-like circle. Though it doesn't usually become noticeable until the summer, crabgrass germinates in the spring, typically in thin or bare areas of a lawn, or in dry soil. An annual weed, crabgrass will die with the first hard frost in the fall.

Treat it.

White Clover

See it. White clover is the classic three-leaf clover with bright green leaves decorated with white crescent shapes. It appears from spring through fall, usually in thin lawns with nutrient-poor soil.

Treat it.


See it. Also known as pennywort, dollarweed has round leaves with wavy edges and white flowers in the summer. It tends to grow in warmer regions in moist, shady lawns and in bare spots.

Treat it.

Creeping Charlie

See it. Creeping Charlie (also called ground ivy) has round, dark green leaves with scalloped edges and purple flowers that appear in spring. It tends to grow in moist, shady areas with poor soil.

Treat it.


See it. Oxalis, also known as wood sorrel, has heart-shaped, clover-like leaves and yellow flowers that open in spring and summer. It prefers a lawn that is thin or overly dry.

Treat it.

Annual Bluegrass

See it. Despite its name, annual bluegrass is a short, bright green grass that tends to grow in thin, short grass during the spring and early summer.

Treat it.

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