Types of Lawn Weeds in Utah

There are several weeds common in Utah that can grow in your lawn, turning your lush turf into troubled territory.  A few include:

  • Black Medic

This weed has long stems with rounded, veined leaves and small clusters of yellow blooms. When mature, it produces black seed pods.

  • Chickweed

Chickweed can be identified by little star shaped flowers, small oval leaves and tall stems.

  • Creeping Bellflower

With pretty, blue or purple star shaped flowers, this weed can appear ornamental. It spreads though a very strong root system.

  • Dandelion

One of the most common weeds, dandelions prefer cooler weather although they produce bright yellow blooms from early spring through late summer. Blooms turn to white fluffy seed heads which scatter in breezes.

  • Dock

This weed can reach as much as 2 – 3 feet high. The leaves are tinted reddish and have crinkly edges.

  • Field Bindweed

One of the most difficult weeds to control, this cool season vine spreads both underground though roots and above ground through seeds. The leaves are rounded and the flowers are somewhat bell shaped and white to pale pink.

  • Foxtail

Foxtail comes in three varieties: red, green and yellow. It prefers warm weather.  It grows in clumps with stems topped in long, fuzzy looking heads.

  • Grape Hyacinth

This ornamental weed dies during summer but resurfaces in the fall. It is extremely hard to control due to spreading though bulb divisions and though seeds.  It is topped with purple, cluster type flowers.

  • Ground Ivy

This cool season vine prefers shade.  Stems root wherever they touch the ground. It produces purple funnel flowers.

  • Henbit

This cold loving weed has square stems with indigo flowers that bloom around the beginning of April.

  • Kochia

The leaves of kochia begin silvery but turn to green with yellow or red as they mature. It adapts to different environments well.

  • Mallow

This resilient weed produces white flowers. They have disk to rounded heart shaped leaves and a very long sturdy root. They spread both through rooting and seeding.

  • Moss

Moss grows best in cool, moist, shady areas. It is best controlled by less frequent watering.

  • Mushrooms

Mushrooms grow in very wet environments and are usually found in shade.

  • Thistle

These are very spiny, prickly weeds that produce large purple flowers. The leaves often have a silver or grey tint.

Any of these weeds can invade your grass, turning your turf into a field rather than a lawn. Many of these can also spread to or from your neighbors, creating lawn problems throughout the neighborhood. Allow VIRIDIS Lawn Care of Salt Lake to come help you control these problem plants and keep your lawn looking its best.

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