Bad Weeds

Ralph Waldo Emerson claimed a weed was “A plant whose virtues have not been discovered.” But when they grow in your lawn or garden, they can overpower the plants you are trying to grow. If a weed is strong enough it can cause overcrowding and depletion of the soil nutrients and moisture that would otherwise be available to your grass or garden plants. Thus a weed is a plant you don’t want growing in your lawn or garden, mostly because the plant’s undesirable qualities outweigh their good points. Here are a few:


The dandelion is a common perennial broadleaf member of the daisy family with a thick, deeply penetrating taproot that is found in lawns and other open turfgrass areas. They grow directly from the crown of the plant with no stem, forming a rossette at the soil surface. It is distinguished by its yellow flower, hollow stem that secretes a milky juice when broken and tufted seeds.

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Crabgrass is the most commonly found grassy weed in Michigan lawns. Crabgrass grows vigorously in full sunlight and high temperatures and will easily out compete cool-season grass under those conditions. The most notable areas in your turf would be along the driveway, sidewalks and rubber edging. Crabgrass is a summer annual. This plant has a life cycle of less than one year.

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