Michigan is surrounded by lakes in 3 directions and resides in the great lakes region of the upper midwestern US.
Moreover, it’s the 11th largest state by area.
Those geographical stats allowed Michigan to be the home to many weed types.
Therefore, at Lawn Advisors, we’ve collected the most common lawn weeds in Michigan, organized them, and provided a list that contained the top 10 most common.
Want to eat parts of them? Want to get rid of them for good? We’ll help you to do whatever you want with them by providing you with enough information to deal with them.
Before we start, Lawn Advisors friends at Lawn Care Life have a tutorial video for you.
Top 10 Most Common Lawn Weeds in Michigan
Before we get into the most Common Lawn Weeds in Michigan at Lawn Advisors, they come in 2 basic categories:
- Grassy Weeds: Resembling Lawn Grass.
- Broadleaf Weeds: Weeds with Broader & Thicker Leaf Structure.
If you’ve visited our website at Lawn Advisors more than this time, then you’ve probably heard us mentioning Dandelion more often.
But it’s the first time we mention that the name comes from the French word for “Dent De Lion,” which means the tooth of the lion in English.
The weeds’ leaves look like teeth.
Clover is a Broadleaf weed that can grow to 4-8 inches.
It’s one of the top 10 most common lawn weeds in Georgia too.
In this article, we’ve come across how to counter Clover naturally.
Clover is edible, but under one condition that can be found in the same article.
Nutsedge (some call it Nut Sedge) is a Perennial weed that’s considered a tall weed compared to others on this list.
It can grow to nearly 30 inches high while being native to the eastern Mediterranean.
You can easily fight back against the nutsedge by applying proper maintenance to your lawn.
Read more about Nutsedge weed here.
4. Wild Garlic
Wild Garlic is the #4 most common lawn weeds in Michigan, due to its infamous smell, and invasive lifestyle.
It digs its roots deep into the ground and continues to grow and produce its infamous smell during different growth phases.
Wild Garlic can grow to 3-24 inches, depending on how much feed it’s stealing from your lawn.
Getting rid of the Wild Garlic isn’t an easy task by any means, you’ll need to dig the whole plant out of the soil, and make sure no roots are left.
5. Black Medic
Black Medic is a Low growing lawn weed that enjoys hairy stems and produces bright yellow flowers.
It starts blooming in late spring and early summer.
Plantain is a Broadleaf weed famous for its egg-shaped leaves.
It can grow up to 12 inches long, while it thrives heavily on compacted soil.
Countering its growth requires changing the soil’s formula from a compacted soil into a less compacted one, by carrying out proper aeration.
It’s also featured in the most common weeds in Georgia.
7. Annual Bluegrass
The Annual Bluegrass is also known as (Poa annua), as it’s a grassy weed that can grow 6-8 inches long.
It’s native to Europe and finds homage in dense clumps inside your lawn.
To protect your lawn against the Annual Bluegrass, you’ll be required to apply pre-emergent herbicides during the spring and fall.
This shall prevent the Annual Bluegrass from germinating in their favorite seasons of early spring and late summer.
Chickweed is famous for its oval-shaped leaves and beautiful flowers.
It’s a low-growing weed enjoying a height of 4-6 inches max.
You’re going to most likely encounter Chickweed in shady areas along fences.
You can get rid of Chickweed by removing the whole weed by hand, uprooting it fully from the soil, or using a shovel.
You can also eat the Chickweed’s leaves, but only in small quantities.
Eating large quantities of Chickweed can cause stomach aches.
DallisGrass is a taller lawn weed Common in Michigan, as it can grow to nearly 60 inches.
It grows in bunches and can be found in sunny areas and open gardens.
If you’ve encountered DallisGrass, you should use post-emergent herbicide, as using pre-emergent herbicide doesn’t perform as effectively.
It’s not edible by humans, but livestock loves it and can be used for pasture too.
Bindweed has some magnificent shield-shaped leaves.
It doesn’t grow that high, only up to 2 inches.
However, you can notice it along the ground in gardens and lawns.
Similar to DallisGrass, Bindweed requires using post-emergent herbicide for effective removal.
Bindweed is edible on many fronts, the root, young shoots, and stalks are edible, but it’s not recommended to eat it regularly.
Here are the top 10 Most Common Lawn Weeds in Michigan at Lawn Advisors, some are well-known to many, while others only find homage under certain conditions.
Do you have any questions about Common Lawn Weeds in Michigan, feel free to ask us in the comments section below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.