Common Lawn Weeds in South Carolina


A perfectly manicured lawn is every homeowner's dream. But with the appearance of common lawn weeds, that dream is shattered. Knowing what type of weed you are dealing with is the first step in getting rid of them. Certain weeds thrive in South Carolina's warm, humid environment and should be dealt with differently than weeds that grow in other parts of the country.


  • Light green with leaves that are flat and wide and rolled in the bud, Dallisgrass is a warm season weed that spreads in clumps. The leaves also have hairs on the lower portion. There are three to six spikes in the seedhead and seeds can be found on both sides. The weed begins to sprout in soil temperatures around 60 to 65 degrees F and flourish in hot humid weather. The Dallisgrass weed is common in the southern parts of the United States like South Carolina. You can remove the Dallisgrass weed by pulling it.

White Clover

  • This weed is found throughout the entire United States. It has a shallow root and white flowers some of which have a pink tint. Flowers grow in clumps of 20 to 40 flowers between the months of May and September. Some of the leaves may also have a white watermark. White clover grows best in soil that is low in nitrogen and moist although it has adapted to most soil types. It is not recommended that you physically remove this weed because seeds can easily fall off causing an even greater infestation. Preventative measures are ideal by using a nitrogen rich fertilizer.

Virginia Buttonweed

  • Virginia buttonweeds have branchlike hairy stems with elongated leaves that grow apart from one another along the stem. The weed thrives in moist and wet conditions. White and purple tubular flowers grow along the stem in the leaf. The flowers look like stars with four points. These weeds are found as far as Texas and throughout the Southeastern portion of the country. When attempting to get rid of the Virginia buttonweed, make sure you get rid of every part of the plant because this weed will reproduce from even the smallest pieces of the roots or stems.

Carolina Geranium

  • Carolina geranium, also known as wild geranium, is a winter weed. Stems are covered with hair and stand straight up and branch out. They have about five petals on the flower which form in clusters and range in color from white to pink. These weeds should be pulled or dug out before the flower begins to form.

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