Although you do best efforts and practices to control wild weeds, they thrive well in any condition in your lawn. The striking thing about weeds would be that they easily blend with turf grasses. Some of those weeds can even resemble grass, but they are still unwelcome arrivals since they can damage areas of your lawn. Or when they establish their roots in the lawn earlier, they have a chance to suck out most of the nutrients that are for the grass.
Because of these, you should be knowledgeable about what common weeds look like grass in order to properly maintain a lawn. In this post, we’ve rounded up these weeds for you to easily identify which ones to uproot or control immediately. At first, grass-like weeds might not be easy to spot, and you may mistake them for part of your lawn, the post is a help. Check out the 15 Common Weeds That Look Like Grass In Your Lawn below.
#1 Crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis)
Crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis) is the most common lawn weed, it sports a bright green color and a wide central fold for the leaves.
#2 Dandelion (Taraxacum)
Dandelion (Taraxacum) is a common lawn weed with very long taproots. Its leaves look like crabgrass, when it matures, it sports yellow puffballs which easily flies with the wind.
#3 Path Rush/Slender rush (Juncus Tenuis)
Path Rush/Slender rush (Juncus Tenuis) can grow to up to 2ft. You can identify via its slender stems, narrow and long, and upright leaves. It aggressively grows from rhizomes.
#4 Blue Fescue (Festuca glauca)
Blue Fescue (Festuca glauca) has striking blue-green leaves and grows to up to 12-inches and thrives in cool seasons. The leaves are spiky and produce bright green blooms in the spring.
#5 Foxtail (Setaria sp.)
Foxtail (Setaria sp.) is common weed grass. It grows in any soil condition and products spikey bottle brush flowers in the summer and grows at large clumps of grass measuring to at least 40-inches across.
#6 Carpetgrass (Axonopus sp.)
Carpetgrass (Axonopus sp.) thrives in wet, shady, and boggy areas with high acid content. Also, it grows tall at 12-inches and forms mats of dense, dull green, and coarse-textured leaves.
#7 Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense)
Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense) reaches a peak height of 7ft and the leaves are 1-2-inches wide with bright green color and a prominent white vein running along the center.
#8 Smooth Bromegrass (Bromus Ramosus Ramosus)
Smooth Bromegrass (Bromus Ramosus Ramosus) is a fast grower and is very invasive as it has rhizomatic growth and spread.
#9 Wild garlic (Allium ursinum)
Wild garlic (Allium ursinum) is a fast-growing weed, growing tall and well, smelling like garlic throughout spring. They usually grow in clumps and grow from bulbs.
#10 Goosegrass (Eleusine indica)
Goosegrass (Eleusine indica) is annual weed grass that grows to up to 16-inches and has silver-green color. It has clumps of finger-like leaf strands spreading like a goose’s foot.
#11 Quackgrass (Elymus repens)
Quackgrass (Elymus repens) has finger-like leaves, clumped on multiple stems, and leaves that super extend out.
#12 Nutsedge (Cyperus sp.)
Nutsedge (Cyperus sp.) thrives in cool and wet locations sporting long and narrow leaves. During the summer, it produces yellow brush-like flowers and then turns into purplish-red in late summer.
#13 Annual Bluegrass
Annual Bluegrass thrives in damp and cool climates. You could identify it with its bright green color, and light texture.
#14 Yellow Salsify (Tragopogon Dubius)
Yellow Salsify (Tragopogon Dubius) thrive in sunny locations, blooming yellow flowers during the summer and then followed by large puffballs at the dawn of fall.
#15 Creeping bentgrass (Agrostis palustris)
Creeping bentgrass (Agrostis palustris) has fine-textured and dense mats of gray-green patches of grass growing aggressively through its stolon. During hot seasons or when the temperature gets up erratically, the leaves turn brown.