Below is a brief description of some common landscape pests


Annual belonging to the pink family (Caryophyllaceae). Light green mat-forming
plant with shallow fibrous root system. The many branches can form roots
at the nodes and cover large areas. Leaves are shiny green, rounded and
taper to a point. The flowers ,in clusters at the ends of stems, are
white with five pedals. Reproduces by seed. Usually found in moist,
compacted sites in autumn and spring. Will persist longer in cool shaded


An introduced perennial belonging to the family fabaceae. Hairy, trailing
stems arise from a tap root producing a prostrate plant. Leaves,
arranged alternately on the stem, have three wedge-shaped leaflets.
Flowers are small, yellow, globe-shaped clusters. Seeds are in coiled
pods arranged in clusters. Usually found on dry sights with thin turf


A native perennial belonging to the family asteraceae. A rosette of leaves
grows from a crown area that is at or slightly below the ground surface.
Below the crown area is a large deep taproot. A yellow blossom matures
into a puff ball that helps disseminate the seeds. One of, if not the
most common of weeds. Can be found on most sites.

Ground Ivy

An introduced perennial belonging to the family lamiaceae. Prostrate,
creeping plant with a shallow root system. Four sided stems grow from 15
to 30 inches long and may root at the nodes. Leaves are almost round to
kidney shaped, borne on long petioles. The flowers are 2-lipped, tubular
shaped, bluish-purple, borne in small clusters in the axils of the
leaves. Found on poorly drained sites with rich soil. Will survive in
shade or full sun


An introduced perennial belonging to the family plantaginaceae. A basal
rosette of leaves arise from a fibrous root system. Leaves are long and
narrow, often with a twist or curl. Erect leafless stems, 4 to 12 inches
in length, terminate with a flower spike. Typically present on low
quality turf with low to medium fertility levels.