As a homeowner in Minnesota, you want to take pride in your lawn looking its best. Unfortunately, one of the things that often stands in the way of this goal are weeds. Weeds can be difficult to get rid of and it’s important to know which weed species are most common in your area so you can properly identify them and take steps to eradicate them from your lawn. Let’s explore some of the most common lawn weeds found in Minnesota.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Dandelions are one of the most recognizable common weeds found across much of North America due to their bright yellow flowers and long taproots that grow deep into the ground. Dandelions prefer sunny areas but can survive in partially shaded spots too. They thrive best when soil conditions are dry but can also survive when moisture levels are high. Be sure to dig out all the root pieces if you want to successfully remove a dandelion from your lawn!
Crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis)
This weed is very difficult to control and can quickly take over a lawn if not addressed. Crabgrass is recognizable by its thin, bright green blades that spread outward from a central point. It thrives in warm temperatures and prefers direct sunlight but can survive in some shade as well. Its seeds remain dormant for many years before being activated when exposed to light, making it important to dig out all roots if you want to eradicate this weed from your lawn! Crabgrass is best controlled in the spring with a pre-emergent weed control application and select broadleaf herbicides will knock out crabgrass.
Broadleaf Plantain (Plantago major)
Also referred to as greater plantain, this weed is easy to spot due to its large leaves and white flowers. This weed is found across much of the United States but is particularly prevalent in Minnesota, where it thrives in damp soil. It prefers direct sunlight but can tolerate some shade as well. Broadleaf plantain produces seeds that will stay dormant for many years until they are exposed to light again, so make sure you remove all roots when trying to get rid of this weed!
Chickweed (Stellaria media)
This weed is very common throughout Minnesota and is easily identifiable by its small white flowers and bright green leaves. Chickweed prefers cool temperatures and moist soil conditions, making it especially prominent during spring months when temperatures start warming up after winter has passed. Although chickweed does not produce any long-term seeds, it does reproduce quickly through its underground stems, making it important to take action immediately if you want to prevent it from taking over your lawn!
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No one likes dealing with pesky lawn weeds, but knowing which ones are most common in our area makes identifying them easier so we can take steps towards eradicating them from our lawns altogether! If you own or manage a commercial property in the north or east metro, contact the grounds maintenance experts at Premier Property Maintenance today for top-tier fertilization and weed control as well as commercial lawn mowing, aeration, leaf removal, dethatching, snow removal and more.