Common Weeds in North Texas Lawns
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What is a weed? 
A weed is simply in the eye of the beholder. The word weed is an epithet invented by humans. Some weeds are treasures to others. There are some weeds that are hard not to say they are weeds like  the clinging burrs of burdock, the clumps of chickweed. If you ask an herbalist, they will tell you that  burdock root has been used for medicine for thousands of years, and chickweed was once a cure for irregularity. The simple answer is that a "weed" is a plant out of place. 
Physical Characteristics 
We are used to eye catching flowers. A few weeds are pretty enough to catch anyone's eye, but most are overlooked. But not by bees, birds and other insects. They may be tall and leggy or skinny and spindly, or crawl near the ground. Weeds become pests because of their adaptability and their abundance. Most successful weeds have the following characteristics:  

Longevity- Seeds with great longevity that germinate in a range of conditions, welcoming or otherwise. 
Germination- Discontinuous  germination to prevent all seeds from sprouting at once. 
Seed- Rapid growth and the production of very large amounts of seed.
Dispersing-Efficient means of spreading its seed.
Chemicals-Poising the soil through their root system.
Resistance-Better disease resistance. 
Life Cycle of Weeds

Annual Weeds-Germinate, grow, flower, and die in a single year. 
Ephemerals- Complete several life cycles in one year. 
Biennial weeds- Germinate and grow leaves gathered in a cluster called a rosette in their first year. The second year, flowering stem emerges and blooms, sets seeds then dies. 
Perennial Weeds- Lives on year after year. Haunting your life. 
Plantain (Plantago major) ultra common weeds of grassy areas. Thick low growing rosettes of leaves from which erupt a group of flowering stems at bloom season. 
Facts of it's life: 
Life Cycle: Perennial 
Site: Sun-Partial Shade
Soil: Any
Season: Flower heads emerge Summer-Fall

Crab Grass (Digitaria Spp) Sprouts quickly and spreads like crazy, takes up several sq ft. Comes late spring then noticed in summer. Leaves are bright green and hairy. Flowerheads appear mid-summer to fall at the tips. 
Facts of it's life: 
Life Cycle: Annual
Site: Sunny
Soil: Open soil
Season: Late Spring - Fall


Goose Grass (Eleusine indica) Found in high traffic areas where the grass is thinned out and soil is compacted. Also called silver crabgrass, crowfoot or wire grass.
Facts of it's life: 
Life Cycle: Annual
Site: Sunny
Soil: Open soil
Season: Late Spring - Fall


 Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua) Often goes unnoticed till the flowers bloom.  
Facts of it's life: 
Life Cycle: Annual
Site: Sun to light shade
Soil: Any
Season: Spring to late fall.
Spreads through seed.


Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule)  
Facts of it's life: 
Life Cycle: Annual
Site: Sun to light shade
Soil: Any
Season: Spring to late fall.
Spreads through seed.


Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta)  
Facts of it's life: 
Life Cycle: Annual or biennial
Site: Sun to part shade
Soil: Any
Season: Early to late spring
Spreads through seed.


Dandilion (-)  
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Lambs Quarters (--)  
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Prostrate Spurge (---)  
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Yellow wood Sorrel (--)  
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Dollarweed (-------)  
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