How to Control Broadleaf Weeds
Keep these tough competitors out of your lawn
Broadleaf weeds can be tough, aggressive plants that pounce on any weak areas in your lawn. Broadleaf weeds are easily identified in the lawn because they do not resemble grass. Examples of broadleaf weeds include dandelions, chickweed, and plantain. The best way to fight them is to learn how they grow and what they like, then deprive them.
A Lawn With Many Weeds
If your lawn is full of broadleaf weeds, treat them with a broadcast weed killer. This can be accomplished with a "weed and feed" product like Scotts® Turf Builder® Triple Action or Scotts® Turf Builder® Southern Triple Action, that kills weeds and feeds your lawn to help thicken it to crowd out future weeds. Remember to read and follow label directions, and choose the product that is right for your grass type.
A Lawn With A Few Weeds
A few weeds can be pulled up by hand, but many will grow right back. It may appear that the entire weed was pulled out, but if the root breaks, what is left in the soil will just sprout new weed growth above the soil line. To kill the entire weed, use a ready-to-use product that will kill broadleaf weeds and not harm the grass, like Scotts® Spot Weed Control for Lawns. Be sure to read and follow label directions.
The best defense against weeds is a thick lawn that is properly cared for, well-fed and never scalped by mowing. A thick lawn will be better able to choke out weeds and not allow them room to establish. You can promote a thick, healthy lawn by mowing at the right height (usually one of the 2 highest settings on your mower) and feeding your lawn 4 times a year with Scotts® Turf Builder® Lawn Food. Also make sure that you patch any bare spots with a product like Scotts® EZ Seed before weeds can become established in that bare spot.