Crabgrass in a type of lawn weed that begins to sprout in the late spring. It is very opportunistic and will grow anywhere where there is water sunlight, and bare soil.

During the late summer, it starts to spread seeds. The crabgrass will die in the winter while the weather is cold but the seeds will stick around until the next year.

Crabgrass isn’t harmful to your lawn, just ugly.


Dandelions are perennials that can have roots grow as long as 6 feet! The flowers of the dandelion will bloom during the spring and the fall. Dandelions are a favorite among bees.

The seeds of the dandelion can develop without being fertilized; therefore they do not depend on bees or other insects for pollination.

Dandelions can survive in almost any climate and in most elevations.

Prickly Lettuce

Prickly lettuce is a winter annual found in many habitats such as grasslands, field crops, landscapes, and even on the side of the road.

It is closely related to lettuce and can be eaten, but it is known to have a bitter taste.

Prickly lettuce also grows small flow heads that are pale yellow.


Ragweed is a flowering plant that is very common in North America, especially the southwestern United States. Ragweed is the ultimate enemy for most allergy sufferers.

The pollen of the ragweed plant is notorious for causing allergic rhinitis. Ragweed is a type of lawn weed that is very resistant to herbicides and grows back rapidly.

It usually takes a professional to fully eradicate it from your lawn.


Purslane is native to Persia and India, but is now found throughout the world. Purslane seeds in soil can stay viable for as long as 40 years!

It is very drought tolerant but the seeds do not germinate well when seeds are deeply embedded in the soil. Purslane is edible and many cultures actually embrace it as food.