Weed Identification Guide to the 8 Most Common Weeds


Weeds may be really hard to eliminate and are mostly obnoxious but even then, you must how to identify different kinds of weed and tell the difference between weed and plants. The following is a comprehensive weed identification guide to the 8 most common types of weed varieties:


dandelionThis type of weed mostly grows in gardens and lawns. These need mulch to prevent them in gardens and they are usually about 12 inches tall and 6-16 inches in width. They have a strong taproot and are deeply notched.


This is another common type of weed which can be identified by its 20 inches height, light green leaves and yellow color flowers on the tips. These generally grow in shady or sunny landscapes.


crabgrassTo identify this weed, look for 18 to 20 inches tall grassy weeds in your lawn or garden. They grow roots anywhere their stem makes contact on the ground and their seed heads spread out like 4 fingers.


To identify this weed variety, look out for arrowhead shaped leaves which climb up to 6 feet height and bear white or pale pink flowers. They grow in garden areas in sunny landscapes.

White clover

These are 8-10 inches in height and are 12 inched wide. They have three lobe leaves frame with round white flower clusters. White clover weed and can be found easily in lawns, gardens and garden areas that are partially sunny.


nutsedgeThese grassy perennial weeds are 2 feet tall and have shiny green leaves. These have nutlike tubers on the root system and grow in moist soil in the sun or in the shade.

Creeping Charlie

This is another very common type of a weed which is rather easy to identify. This weed falls into the category of broadleaf perennial and are 4 inches in height. They can spread several feet in width and they cover large ground with their purple flowers. They grow in shady areas.

Lamb’s quarter

This is also a common type of a weed which can be identified by its 4 feet height and its 18 inch width. They grow in gardens in shady areas and its scalloped leaves have gray undersides as well. To prevent them or uproot them, you can pull them by your hand. Mulch can also be used to prevent these.