What are Grassy Weeds

And How to Control Them


Just as there are different types of plants, there are different types of weeds. Some are easy to spot, others look just like grass. Some are easy to pull, others take other tools and formulas. Grassy weeds are not easy to distinguish between regular blades of grass. This makes it easier for them to take over your lawn if not treated properly.

Identifying Grassy Weeds

The name gives them away. While this type of weed looks very similar to grass, you can tell the difference in texture, height, and location. Some grassy weeds are only annuals—which won’t return next year—and easily removed by hand. Perennial weeds put up more of a fight with a deeper root structure that’s likely to keep the weed intact unless proper measures are taken.

Types of grassy weeds include:

  • Bluegrass
  • Ryegrass
  • Barnyardgrass
  • Bermudagrass
  • Crabgrass
  • Carpetgrass
  • Bentgrass

Like all weeds, they appear in weaker areas of your lawn. These areas may lack important nutrients, water, sunlight, or haven’t been mowed regularly.

Prevention and Treatment of Weeds

The best way to help prevent weeds from appearing in your lawn is proper maintenance. Mow, water, and fertilize according to the type of grass you’re growing. A thick, healthy lawn can better choke out weeds. Any dead spots provide a space for weeds to grow. When you learn what’s causing these weeds to grow, you can work to correct the situation so they don’t return.

If your lawn already has a few weeds popping up, try to pull them out by the root. If any of the root is left behind the weed is likely to grow back. When you need to use garden tools to get the entire root out, make sure you clean the tools to help prevent the spread of weed seeds.

When your lawn is full of grassy weeds or they keep coming back every year, treat the larger area with weed killer. There are certain weed and feed products that not only help kill the weeds in your lawn but feeds your lawn to help thicken it and prevent future weeds. Grassy weeds are tougher to fight on your own, so you may need to call a professional lawn service to help get your lawn back in shape if grassy weeds take over.

For more information on properly maintaining the type of grass in your yard, contact Cardinal Lawns. From mowing height to water schedules, everything counts towards creating a strong, healthy, beautiful lawn.

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Before weeds take over your yard this season, learn to identify and prevent them in the first place. Keep your lawn looking great all year!