The Top 4 Worst Garden Weeds

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Plain and simple, gardeners hate weeds. That’s because they tend to kill off the plants you’re working so hard to grow by sucking all the nutrients out of them. Plus, they’re often super persistent, so it’s tough to get rid of them in one full swing. Here at Gracious Gardening, we’ve put together a list of the worst garden weeds. Check it out below.

1. Crabgrass

crab grassChances are, if you plant vegetables, you’ve dealt with crabgrass weeds before and know just how annoying they truly are. Unlike a lot of other weeds, this one is found all over the United States and even in some parts of Canada. Typically, crabgrass weeds grow best in areas that are warm and moist. To fight this kind of weed, we recommend that you keep your garden well-fertilized and water regularly since that will dry out crabgrass roots.

2. Bindweed

kill bindweedOften referred to as wild morning glory, the bindweed is known for growing in areas that are wide open. They can be anywhere from 1 to 4 feet tall, with their long stems growing around and even choking other plants nearby. Unfortunately with bindweed, though, pulling the weed doesn’t actually get rid of it. Instead, all it does is break the stem off, allowing the weed to return from the roots. When you want to eradicate it and stop its spread, you’ll have to dig the roots out repeatedly.

3. Bermuda Grass

bermuda grassSince Bermuda grass is so fine in texture and grows at a rapid pace, it’s often used in warm environments as a lawn. ¬†However, that doesn’t mean that it’s a welcomed weed to most gardeners. On the contrary, it can be very hard to manage. That’s why we recommend if you have this type of weed growing in your yard, that you use an 8-inch deep barrier to stop it from getting into the other parts of your garden. Remember, Bermuda grass usually grows and develops by the underground stem, stolons, and seed.

4. Spotted Spurge

spotted spurgeThe spotted spurge is a weed that shows up annually. It produces a large number of seeds within a short germination period. Those seeds then scatter all over the place. Leading to a whole mess of weeds that are a pain to eliminate. They originally come from a shallow taproot. So the best way to control the spotted spurge is by preventing them from forming altogether. In any case, though, a 1-inch layer of mulch is generally enough to stop this weed from germinating, to begin with.