Get Rid of Broadleaf Weeds

All weeds are not created equal. Here’s how to weed out those unwanted intruders.

When it comes to broadleaf weeds, they’re among the toughest to control. So how do you beat them? It’s simple: know thy enemy. Read on for the knowledge you need to gain the upper hand.

How to Identify Broadleaves

Just as the name suggests, broadleaves often have large leaves, each featuring veins in a net-like pattern. Most broadleaves have fibrous roots, which you may have noticed when trying to remove one. Once mature, many broadleaves grow flowers, though that certainly doesn’t make them any more desirable. In contrast, grassy weeds have narrow leaves and may at first look like desirable grass. When grassy weeds germinate, a single leaf emerges; whereas in broadleaves, 2 seed leaves emerge. Unfortunately, broadleaves love warm season lawns, like St. Augustinegrass, zoysiagrass, and bermudagrass, where they’ll stick out like a sore thumb.

Some examples of common broadleaves include:
  • Beggarweed
  • Chickweed
  • Clovers
  • Dandelion
  • Florida pusley
  • Henbit
  • Lespedeza
  • Matchweed
  • Plantain
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