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weeds that grow in your yard

Weeds that grow in your yard

The Spruce / Evgeniya Vlasova

A rather innocuous plant, common plantain can simply be mowed whenever you mow the lawn. Its relative, Plantago lanceolata is a similar weed, but with narrow leaves. Now a ubiquitous lawn weed in North America, broadleaf or "common" plantain was brought to the New World by colonists from Europe for its medicinal uses. Common plantain has many medicinal uses. Mashed, it can be used as a poultice for bee stings; the leaves can also be dried and made into a tea to treat diarrhea.  

Plantain Plants (Plantago major)

Several of these weeds can cause rashes. Use proper clothing and gloves when working around these weeds, or enlist professional help to eradicate them.

Common Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

The Spruce / K. Dave

Weeds that grow in your yard

Or, you can eat your dandelions. Yes, dandelions are edible and delicious. All parts of the plant are good in salads or as cooked greens.

Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea)

There are many species of clover, all of which homeowners would like to banish from the lawn. This is perhaps a mistake, as clovers are actually quite healthy for a lawn. It is fragrant, resists most pests, helps to aerate the soil, and best of all, as a member of the pea family, clover actually adds nitrogen to the soil. There is a lot to be said for a lawn that contains a healthy percentage of clover within its turf-grass blend. Besides red clover (Trifolium pratense), white clover (Trifolium repens) is the most common lawn clover.

Clover (Trifolium ssp.)

Purslane is a ground-hugging weed with fleshy leaves. It tends to thrive in dry, sandy soils.