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With buds waking up and green sprigs emerging through dormant winter grass, it’s time to be on the lookout for early spring weeds. Today, we’ll cover three common early spring weeds to watch for and, most importantly, effective methods to control them.

Top 3 Early Spring Weeds to Watch For

Keep an eye out for these 3 early spring weeds.


Dandelions are the most commonly known and recognized in lawns. They are also quite stubborn. The perennial produces a rosette of tiny laves close to the ground surface and grows long taproots, making them difficult to remove from the ground. By the time you see a dandelion, it’s well established, so it seems you’ll never rid yourself of them.

Check out this step-by-step guide on removing dandelions from your lawn.

White or Dutch Clover

White or Dutch Clover is one of the most common weeds of turfgrass. You can identify it by its white-banded leaves and a tall, slim stalk topped by a white or pink flower that attracts bees from May to October.

White clover is aggressive and sends out runners all over lawns and fields, causing a die-off of grasses. Other names you may recognize are honeysuckle clover, white trefoil, or purple grass.

Control clover by either pulling it out by hand or using a herbicide. For more information, check out this resource.

Hairy Bittercress

Hairy Bittercress is a weed that produces tiny white flowers at the ends of the stems and then turns into long seedpods. These pods split open explosively when ripe and fling seeds into the environment.

This pesky weed is small enough to hide among your landscape plants. Its extensive seed expulsion means that just one or two weeds can spread quickly through the garden in spring. Early control for hairy bittercress is essential to protect the rest of the landscape from an infestation.

Read more about this weed here.

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