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Identifying Alabama's most common weeds and how to get rid of them

lawn covered with weeds that needs treatment

Ever walk around your lawn wondering if you have more weeds than grass? This guide should help you identify the most common weeds and how to cope with them throughout the season. It is important to know that weeds in your lawn compete for water, nutrients, and sunlight reducing the quality of a healthy lawn.

Here’s a list of the most common weeds in Birmingham

invasive weed to birmingham

Annual Bluegrass

Annual bluegrass (Poa annua) is a cool-season, annual grass that spreads by seed. Annual bluegrass has a tufted habit with a bright green leaf color and fine texture.

a weed that grows locally here in the Birmingham area

Broadleaf Plantain

Leaves are broadly lance shaped to egg shaped, hairless or sparsely short haired. Roughly 2 to 7 inches (5–18 cm) long, leaves have five to seven prominent parallel veins from the base.

dandelions in the yard


Dandelions have a toothy, deeply-notched, basal leaves that are hairless. They are 2 to 9 inches or longer and they form a rosette above the central taproot.

clovers in grass


One of the best ways to control clover is to feed your lawn regularly, which provides grass with the nutrients it needs to grow thick and strong and prevent clover from growing.

an invasive weed in the birmingham area


Chickweed is a creeping winter annual lawn weed. Seeds germinates in cool temperatures. It takes root where they contact the soil, allowing it to completely overgrow large patches of lawns.

weeds in the birmingham alabama area


Common lambsquarters do not tolerate routine mowing and will usually disappear after a month or two of maintenance. The leaves are somewhat variable in shape & tend to be wider in the middle and tapering at the ends and covered with a gray-mealy coating.

The best way to control weeds is to make your lawn difficult for them to thrive. Things like keeping your lawn mowed at the appropriate height and proper feeding of grassy areas. There are also pre and post emergents available for preventing germination and killing weeds that pop up in the lawn. 

A well-maintained lawn can help naturally control weeds. If you need assistance, we’re here to help. Just give us a call and we’ll get you an instant quote on your property for any of your lawn maintenance needs!