Common Summer Weeds in Maryland

Summer is a season people look forward to. It’s a time for beach trips, barbecues, and family gatherings.

Unfortunately for your lawn, it’s also when summer weeds can become a serious problem. What starts as a few small plants can quickly destroy a healthy lawn, and getting rid of them isn’t as easy as it might seem. Below are a few examples of some of the most common summer weeds in Maryland:

  • Dandelions
  • Self-Heal
  • Ground-ivy


Dandelions are everywhere in the summer, and while their bright yellow flowers are pleasing to the eye, they aren’t good for a well-maintained lawn.

They grow at an alarming speed and reappear just when you think you’ve gotten rid of them. They’re a hardy plant with tap roots that can extend deep into the ground, which means trying to pull them up takes patience and precision. If part of the tap root gets missed, the plant will just grow back and spread further.


Self-heal is a weed identified by its tufts of small purple flowers. The flowers are pretty, but the plant is vicious. The roots will choke off grass and take over ground cover.

Unlike dandelions, self-heal’s root system is shallow and spread out, which allows it to connect surrounding self-heal plants together. This root system supports rapid growth and makes it difficult to get rid of the weed, especially if the plant has already taken over the yard. Trying to remove self-heal by hand is tedious and frustrating, as it often takes more than one attempt to get rid of it completely.

Creeping Charlie

Ground-ivy, also called Creeping Charlie, is another plant that is difficult to remove once present. As an ivy, it spreads close to the ground with runners spreading outwards.

Ground-ivy can put down roots wherever the stem touches the ground. Once established the weed will grow in dense clusters that stop other plants from growing. To pull up ground-ivy you need to follow the runners as you pull them up. It’s easy for the stems to break, which leaves roots in the ground and allows for regrowth.

Not all weeds are the same, which means your lawn’s needs are unique.

This is why it’s good to have an expert’s help, especially when your yard is already overrun. As a Westminster, MD lawn care company, we know how to deal with weeds. All the tools we need to help your lawn recover are at our disposal, and we never look for a short-term solution. Our job is to find ways to make your lawn better in the long-term, so you don’t have to worry.

There are many things which can provide a thriving ecosystem for invasive plants, like an off-balance Ph level, too much or too little water, or inadequate air-flow.

Having someone knowledgeable to help you manage your lawn can really make a difference. Lawn care companies in Westminster, MD have access to more efficient chemicals than those you can buy in the store and know exactly which ones to use on your lawn.

We know how to prevent weed growth before it becomes a problem, can teach you good lawn care practices, and will work to save you time and frustration. With an expert’s help, you can prevent weeds from taking control again.

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