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Broadleaf Weeds vs. Grassy Weeds

Broadleaf Weeds vs. Grassy Weeds

Weeds are unwanted and unwelcome plants that invade yards all over America, including those in Michigan and Colorado. Weeds are like the unwanted guest who refuses to leave a house party when everyone else has departed by midnight. In order to prevent weeds from overtaking your property, it's important to be able to properly identify them. Broadleaf weeds have a vein in the middle of the leaf and ancillary veins that branch out. Some broadleaf weeds include dandelions, prostrate spurge, prostrate knotweed, curly dock and others. A fibrous root system with a large primary taproot or a series of thin roots, or a combination of both, characterize broadleaf weeds.

Dandelion Fluff in Tall Grass with Blue Sky
Photo Credit: Raita Futo — https://www.flickr.com/photos/128275472@N07/18464607799/

Dandelion Fluff in Tall Grass with Blue Sky Photo Credit: Raita Futo — https://www.flickr.com/photos/128275472@N07/18464607799/

Grassy weeds have leaves that are long and narrow, parallel veins and a visible system of joints where the leaves are attached to the main stalk. Grassy weeds tend to grow in bunches and creep and spread with a root system that is a fibrous mass of very small branches. Barnyardgrass, smooth crab grass and millet are examples of grassy weeds.

Flowering Shrub with Small Purple Blossoms and Orange Tendrils

Flowering Shrub with Small Purple Blossoms and Orange Tendrils

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