7 Common Garden Weeds To Avoid

Weeds are a common problem for many people. They can appear on your lawn, garden, or flower bed at any time. Some weeds are easy to avoid because they only grow in certain conditions. Others have more of an insidious nature and can pop up anywhere!

This blog post will take you through 15 common garden weeds that you should try to avoid if possible!

What is a Weed?

A weed is defined as any plant that interferes with the desired use of a specific area. They are plants that you do not want in your garden, lawn, or flower bed. Weeds can be difficult to get rid of because they tend to spread very quickly and grow back after every attempt at removing them! This makes it important for you to know which weeds you are dealing with before attempting to remove them!

Weed Control Guide

Knowing how to properly deal with common lawn weed is very important. If you do not remove the entire weed including its roots, it will come back and cause problems for your plants later.

Natural Weed Control:

Weeds that grow in full sun need shade covering them out of the peak hours, will dry up and die quickly.

The easiest way to control weeds is by ripping them out before they have a chance to develop. This is done either with your hands or, for large areas, with a weeder. Pulling weeds takes some effort and you will need to get down on the ground in order to do so properly. The downside of this method is that it will probably harm or kill any plants you have in the vicinity of the weeds, with some exceptions.

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Chemical Herbicides:

If there are some weeds already on your lawn, you may be able to get rid of them using a herbicide with which you douse the leaves and stems at their base. Most types of grass will die after being exposed to this chemical, and you will need to wait until they die and remove the weeds before seeding your lawn. If you seed too soon, the new grass won’t be able to survive because it hasn’t developed enough roots yet.

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This weed is one of the most well-known.Its Latin term is Taraxacum officinale. In terms of look, it’s far 12 inches in length. It has bright yellow flowers and deeply lobed leaves that resemble a maple leaf. They can grow in large numbers very quickly because their tap root allows them to spread out underground.

  • Type: Broadleaf Perennial Weed
  • Size: Can grow up to 12 inches tall
  • Where It Grows: Lawn grass and garden beds


Clover is another common weed that can be found in many types of soil. It likes to grow in shady areas and will spread easily if you do not catch it early! Clover has small white or red flowers, but the leaves are what people tend to use as an identifier since they have three leaves instead of two like other plants.

The white clover is a long-lasting weed, isn’t hairy, and has globe-shaped flowers. The leaves are small-sized and have a spikes-like structure at the edges. Its length is approximately 2 inches, and its branches are attached to the leaf joint.

The red clover is hairy, tall, and survives for a long-time. Its leaves have white spots on them, and its height is also the same as the white clover.

  • Type: Broadleaf Perennial
  • Size: Can grow 8-10 inches tall
  • Where It Grows: Lawn, landscape, and garden areas

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Oxalis is known for its sour taste! It has three purple leaves that look like clover, but they are heart-shaped and have small white flowers. This weed can be found in many types of soil and loves moist areas because it also grows well with the shade of trees or shrubs.

  • Type: Broadleaf Perennial
  • Size: Can grow 8-10 inches tall
  • Where It Grows: Lawn, landscape, and garden areas

Atropa Belladonna:

Belladonna is extremely poisonous and should not be touched. It looks similar to a tomato plant but has purple flowers. Its stem can reach up to five feet in height as well, so it’s important for you to take proper precautions when removing this weed from your garden or lawn.

– You could accidentally ingest some of the poison if you are not careful.

  • Type: Perennial Weed
  • Size: Can grow up to 3-4′ tall
  • Where It Grows: Hedgerows and open woodland

Bittersweet Nightshade:

This is another poisonous weed that has large, white berries. The bittersweet nightshade blooms in the summer with small purple flowers, but the leaves are what you should look for when identifying it since they have jagged edges instead of smooth ones.

  • Type: Wavy Perennial
  • Size: Can grow up to 6-10 ft
  • Where It Grows: Road Sides and cultivated fields
Giant Hogweed

Giant Hogweed:

This weed is dangerous because it can cause third-degree burns to your skin. It has white flowers and spiky green leaves, but the stems are what you need to look out for! The giant hogweed’s stem can grow up to 15 feet tall in height if left unchecked which makes it a very difficult plant to deal with when it is growing in your garden or lawn.

  • Type: Perennial
  • Size: Can grow up to  60-240 cm
  • Where It Grows: Roadsides, Fence rows, and river banks


This weed has white flowers and is extremely difficult to get rid of if you don’t catch it early. It can grow up to fifteen feet tall in height as well! Bindweed will wrap itself around the stem or tree trunks because its extensive root system grows above ground.

  • Type: Perennial Vine Weed
  • Size: Can grow up to 0.5 – 2 meter
  • Where It Grows: Flower beds and Lawns


Chickweed is a low-lying annual weed that has small white flowers. Newly laid lawns are the victims of this weed, and even they are not removable by the mowing. The leaves of common chickweed are in pair forms and the feel of them is chubby. The flower has nearly 5 petals but looks thicker.

– Chickweed’s leaves are similar to clovers and have tiny hairs all over them.

  • Type:  Annual and Perennial flowering plant
  • Size: Can grow up to 5–30 cm
  • Where It Grows: Lawns, meadows, and open areas

Creeping Charlie:

Creeping Charlie is very similar to chickweed, but it has a stronger smell that resembles peppermint! It also loves moist areas and can spread quickly. This weed’s leaves are rounder than those of chickweed and have tiny teeth on the edges.

  • Type: Perennial Creeper Weed
  • Size: Can grow up to 5–50 cm
  • Where It Grows: Shaddy Gardens, and lawns

Canada thistle:

Canada thistle is a prickly weed that can cause skin irritation if you try to touch it. It has white flowers with purple veins on them, but its green leaves are what people use as an identifier since they have spiky teeth all over them!

– The Canada Thistles’ green leaves are similar to the oxalis weeds, but it has a purple stem.

  • Type: Broadleaf Perennial
  • Size: Can grow up to 6 ft
  • Where It Grows: Sunny lawn, landscape, or garden


Nutsedge has a strong smell and is very hard to remove if it manages to take over your lawn or garden. The nut sedge’s leaves have a pointed edge which makes them easy to identify from other weeds, but the colour of its leaf can vary between green and brown colours.

– This weed has spiky leaves and grows up to three feet tall in height!

  • Type: Grassy Perennial
  • Size: Can grow up to 6-10 ft
  • Where It Grows: Road Sides and cultivated fields

Japanese Knotweed:

Japanese knotweed is a herbaceous plant that has bamboo-like stems. If you cut this weed down, it will grow back very quickly which makes it difficult to remove! It also produces abundant seeds through pink or white flowers with green leaves. It can also cause skin irritation if touched because of the tiny hairs on its leaves and stem.

  • Type: Perennial Weeds
  • Size: Can grow up to 6-10 ft
  • Where It Grows: Road Sides and cultivated fields

Poison Ivy:

Poison Ivy is a weed that has three leaves and can cause an allergic reaction if you touch it. It’s important to be able to identify this plant because its sap causes rashes on your skin! This weed also loves moist ground as well, but the entire leaf of poison ivy is poisonous so watch out when identifying it!

– The leaves of this plant are smooth, shiny, and can grow up to three inches long!

  • Type: Broadleaf perennial
  • Size: Can grow up to  15 feet tall
  • Where It Grows:  Landscape or Garden areas

Creeping speedwell:

Creeping speedwell is a weed that has small flowers and spreads quickly. This weed loves moist soil, but it can grow in dry conditions as well! Creeping speedwell’s leaves are long with pointed tips on them which makes it easy to distinguish from other weeds.

– Speedwell’s leaves have jagged edges, unlike most other weeds.

  • Type: Broadleaf Perennial Weeds
  • Size: Can grow up to 5 inches
  • Where It Grows: Gardens and cultivated fields
  • Soil: Sandy or loamy soil

Giant ragweed:

Common ragweed is a weed that just loves dry soil. This plant has small white flowers, but it also produces lots of pollen which can cause allergies for people who are sensitive to it! Giant Ragweed’s leaves have pointed tips and grow up to three inches long in length!

– The giant ragweeds’ leaves are long and narrow, but they have jagged edges and underground roots.

  • Type: Broadleaf Annual weeds
  • Size: Can grow up to 16 ft
  • Where It Grows: Road Sides and Open Areas

Yellow Sweet Clover:

Yellow sweet clover is a weed that is similar to white and red clovers, but it has small yellow flowers. This weed loves moist soil as well so be on the lookout for this plant if you live in an area with lots of rain!

– Sweet clover’s leaves are hairy and have jagged edges which can either be brown or green colouration.

  • Type: Broadleaf Annual
  • Size: Can grow up to 3 feet tall
  • Where It Grows: Landscape and garden areas
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