How to Identify a Flowering Weed in Your Lawn in Houston, Texas

Overview

Lawn weeds challenge the gardener, especially if they become endemic. While flowering weeds may be pretty, they're not always welcome in a well-manicured lawn. Knowing what you've got growing can help you combat weed problems efficiently. Houston gardeners should identify flowering weeds before they remove them, since certain plants respond better to certain types of herbicide. Gardeners can find many university-run and government weed identification guides that provide images of common Texas weeds.

Step 1

Photograph the flowering weed with a camera. You'll use the picture later when browsing weed identification databases.

Step 2

List as much information as you can about your flowering weed. Include the season and location (sun versus shade) of the weed. Note the color, shape, size and texture of the leaves and flower. Does the flower smell? How are the leaves arranged along the stem? Write down as much information as you can about this weed.

Step 3

Browse the United State Department of Agriculture's list of Texas weeds, which includes weed images, the common name of weed and geographic information (see Resources).

Step 4

Search the Weed Science Society of America's weed database if you cannot find the weed listed among those common in Texas (see Resources). View images of the weed flowers, plant, stalk, berry and other components, then identify your flowering weed based on images.

Step 5

Contact Harris County Master Gardeners if you're unable to identify the weed yourself (see Resources). Harris County Master Gardeners serve Houston; these volunteer gardening experts can visit your lawn and help you identify the flowering weed or provide telephone help.

Tips and Warnings

  • Some flowering weeds may be poisonous; don't eat any weeds you find on your lawn.

Things You'll Need

  • Camera
  • Pen
  • Paper

References

  • Grounds Magazine: How to Identify Weeds
  • Happy Living: How to Identify Weeds in Your Garden

Who Can Help

  • Weed Science Society of America: Weeds
  • Harris County Master Gardeners
  • United States Department of Agriculture: Texas State Noxious-listed Weeds
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About this Author

Based in Northern California, Elton Dunn is a freelance writer and nonprofit consultant with 14 years' experience. Dunn specializes in travel, food, business, gardening, education and the legal fields. His work has appeared in various print and online publications. Dunn holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English.