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The Most Common Weeds in Springtime

The Most Common Weeds in Springtime

common weeds

Nobody likes spring weed invasions. They damage your lawn, and they just look bad. Nothing ruins the look of a pristine property like spring weeds. Luckily, you can prevent these invasions by maintaining proper lawn care. Being able to identify the most common types of weeds is also a plus. Weeds have some key identifying factors, which are:

  • An early germination period and quick growth
  • Incredible seed viability, even when underground
  • The plant has no uses or benefits
  • Extreme durability, able to survive in harsh conditions
  • Hooks, hairs, and thorns

If you use proper weed identification, you can prevent them from spreading. At RDS Lawn Care, we’ve compiled a guide of the most common spring weeds for the following areas:

  • Charlotte
  • Mt. Holly
  • Belmont
  • Surrounding areas

You can use this guide to identify weeds early to stop them in their tracks. Click on any of the weeds below to take you directly to the related section on this page.

Example of Nutsedge weed


Nutsedge is a widespread perennial weed that pops up in the spring and early summer.

  • Characteristics: You may mistake nutsedge leaves for grass at first since they look pretty similar. The main difference is that nutsedge has a thick stem in the shape of a V. There are two types of nutsedge, purple and yellow. Purple nutsedge has reddish flowers, while yellow nutsedge has brown flowers.
  • Potential damage to your lawn: Nutsedge has a fast growth rate, and it grows upright. Its height will disrupt the uniformity of your yard. You’ll see lots of tall, flowering plants in between your neatly mowed grass. If you leave it untreated, it will slowly start to choke out your surrounding grass, devastating your lawn.
  • How it thrives: If your soil has an excess buildup of water, nutsedge can start to grow wildly. Sprinkler leaks, drainage issues, and watering too much can lead to the formation of nutsedge.

The best treatment: Since nutsedge is a perennial weed, we would use post-emergent herbicides. These are very effective in eliminating perennial weeds.

Annual Bluegrass

You’ll start to see annual bluegrass popping up like mad during the summertime. It’s got a rapid growth rate, making it a formidable opponent.

  • Characteristics: You can identify annual bluegrass by its light green blades. With a length of about an inch and a half, they aren’t too tall. Its edges are very smooth, and it tends to grow in clumps. To identify the seed heads, they resemble clusters of oats.
  • Potential damage to your lawn: All it takes is one annual bluegrass plant to wreak havoc on your yard. It can create hundreds of seeds and spread them across a large area. As a result, the weed will begin pushing out other plants that can’t grow as fast.
  • How it thrives: Bare areas are the haven of annual bluegrass. If you mow your lawn very short, you can expect to see some annual bluegrass pop up. Overwatering can also cause this spring weed to show its face.

The best treatment: For this weed, we recommend pre-emergent herbicides to control it.

Prostrate knotweed 2

Prostrate Knotweed

Prostrate knotweed will start popping up at the very first signs of warm weather. It’s a perineal weed that can cause severe damage if you don’t keep it under control.

  • Characteristics: Prostrate knotweed is a reasonably easy weed to identify due to its unique appearance. It has oval-shaped leaves, very wiry stems, and it grows out in a pattern like a mat from one taproot.
  • Potential damage to your lawn: The dense mats that knotweed forms are bad news for your yard. They can block out crucial sunlight that you need for your surrounding grass. Furthermore, prostrate knotweed releases toxins into the soil. That makes it next to impossible to grow many types of grass.
  • How it thrives: Prostrate knotweed loves stone. It will attach to stone and stone pathways and will form mats in between. It also favors lawns that are under a lot of stress.

The best treatment: For the best results, you should use both pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides.


Common Purslane

Purslane likes to pop up during the spring and summertime.

  • Characteristics: You can identify common purslane by its red stems and long oval-shaped leaves. It also grows from a single taproot.
  • Potential damage to your lawn: This weed will take over your property. It will reproduce at a rapid rate while forming a thick carpet over your soil. It will then hoard all the nutrients, moisture, and sunlight, depriving your grass and plants.
  • How it thrives: Freshly cultivated soil is the preferred home of common purslane.
  • The best treatment: We recommend that you use a pre-emergent herbicide application to put an end to the purslane.

Don’t Wait to Schedule Us for Weed Control Services

We hope this guide helps you identify the types of spring weeds invading your lawn. Either way, you can always rely on our team at RDS Lawn Care to keep your weeds gone for good. We’re renowned for our:

  • Pest control
  • Weed control
  • Landscape lighting
  • Lawn care

If you reside in North or South Carolina, you need to make us your go-to company for weed control services. For a free consultation with no obligations, reach out to us at (704) 327-2386 to keep your lawn looking pristine all year.



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