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Broadleaf Weeds

All kinds of weeds can populate a lawn, but to treat your weeds effectively you need to figure out what kind you’ve got.

Common problematic broadleaf weeds in Florida include dandelion, chickweed, and beggarweed.

Broadleaf weeds have leaves with branched, net-like veins and often produce flowers.

Although it’s basically impossible to cultivate a perfectly weed-free lawn, the best prevention for weeds is a healthy lawn. Healthy, dense turf will block the sunlight weeds need to germinate and grow.

Follow University of Florida recommendations for turf care. Many weeds can be controlled with hand-pulling and certain specialized herbicides.

Consult your county Extension office before applying any chemicals to your lawn, especially if you don’t know what kind of weeds you’re combating.


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