For those of you trying to maintain a beautiful lawn and garden, garden weeds are a huge problem that can be difficult to get rid of. There are hundreds of different kinds of weeds that can crop up in your garden, from grassy weeds that grow within your lawn, to broadleaf weeds and vines. We have all kinds of weeds that are commonly found across the UK. But which weeds are the most common in our UK gardens?

Dandelion (Taraxacum)

Dandelions are a common type of weed that pop up in lawns and fields nationwide. They have distinctive yellow flowers which dry out in the summer months to form the iconic spherical seed heads we associate with dandelions. These seeds are dispersed by the wind and travel to nearby lawns and fields, which is why they are one of the most common weeds in our gardens across the UK! You are likely to see dandelions appearing in your garden between March and November.

Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens)

These low growing weeds have incredibly fibrous, robust roots which makes them hard to eradicate. They are identified by their bright yellow flowers and furry stems and leaves. Creeping Buttercups prefer lawns and fields with particularly wet soil, so you often find them in ditches and waterlogged fields. You are likely to see them most during spring and the late summer months.

Japanese Knotweed (Reynoutria japonica)

This weed is incredibly fast growing and deep-rooted, it causes a lot of problems for homeowners across the UK. Japanese Knotweed can be identified by its reddish-purple fleshy shoots, dense bamboo-like stems and flat, green, heart-shaped leaves. Its large network of underground roots makes getting rid of this weed incredibly difficult.  

Having Japanese knotweed around your home can cause you significant problems, especially if you plan to sell your home in the near future. If you’re concerned that you may have Japanese knotweed outside your property, contact our sister company Taylor Weed Control – the Japanese knotweed removal specialists. They will help you eradicate this common garden weed before it has a chance to cause any lasting damage!

Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)

Ribwort plantain is an incredibly resilient weed that can appear in your garden anytime during the year. It is identified by its brown, oval-shaped flower heads with protruding white stamens. The reason it is such a prevalent weed in our UK gardens is that it can live in a vast array of conditions - tolerating environments similar to a rainforest and incredibly dry soils too . Here in the UK our weather changes so frequently it can feel like a rainforest one day and a desert the next!  

Birds-Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

This perennial lawn weed is a member of the clover family (although we're not sure it has the same good luck charm). It has slowly crept its way into gardens all over the UK, causing a real problem! Much like Japanese knotweed, this common garden weed has a robust, deep root system and spreads both above and below ground level making it difficult to remove.

As you can see, birds-foot trefoil has bright yellow flowers that bloom between April and September. Although this is a pretty weed, we know it can still cause you a lot of problems, so don't hesitate to get in touch if you've spotted it in your garden!

If you are currently experiencing a problem with any of these common garden weeds – Lawn & Weed Expert can offer professional, effective treatment that will make your lawn and garden weed-free again in no time! Find out more about our effective weed control treatments by clicking the button below:

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