Common Southern Lawn Weeds

Southern lawn weeds include both grassy and broadleaf weed varieties. Grassy lawn weeds either look like lawn grass or actually are unwanted lawn grass. Broadleaf weeds do not resemble lawn grass and have broad, course blades that usually extend from a single stem. Control weed growth by hand-pulling or applying herbicides.


Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are broadleaf, winter perennial weeds with distinctive bright yellow flowers and large lobbed leaves extending from a single stem. Dandelions are best removed by hand-pulling from the base root.


Carpetweed (Mollugo verticillata) is a broadleaf, summer annual weed that is low growing with white flowers. Carpetweed is best removed using post-emergent herbicides during the initial stages of growth during mid-summer.

Broadleaf Plantain

Broadleaf plantains (Plantago major) are a perennial, broadleaf weed with large, low-growing leaves extending outward from a central node. For removal, use a selective broadleaf weed herbicide in mid-spring immediately following germination.


Bermudagrass (Cynoden dactylon) is a grassy, perennial weed that is fast-spreading and highly invasive. Also used as a turfgrass in southern states, Bermudagrass does not mix well with other lawn grasses. Control Burmudagrass with specialized post-emergent herbicides.


Goosegrass (Eleusine indica) is a clumping, grassy, summer annual weed found throughout the south. Goosegrass growth is most rapid during periods of summer heat, and can be stopped using both pre and post-emergent herbicides.


Peppergrass (Lepidium virginicum) is a grassy, winter annual weed with multiple erect stems and green leaves. Post-emergent herbicides and hand-pulling are effective methods of removal.

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