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Weeds in Kansas City and What You Should Know

Weeding Fundamentals: The Different Types of Weeds

Lawn Care / April 14, 2023

Kansas City, and Johnson County in particular, straddles the boundary between the subtropical climate of the South and the humid continental climate of the North. That makes it perfect for some all-American and very stubborn weeds.

But, what types of weeds in Kansas City will you have to deal with? Let’s get into the specifics.

Broadleaf Weeds

The one thing broadleaf weeds in Kansas City have in common are their wide leaves with a main vein in the center leading to smaller veins that branch out from it. Other than this, broadleaf weeds do not come in one specific style and can be either annual or perennial. They can grow single flowers or clusters of blossoms. Their fibrous roots can be a single large taproot, a system of thin roots, or both. Some grow upright and some are close to the ground while some stems are round and some are square.

Types of Broadleaf Weeds:

  • Dandelions
  • Clover
  • Broadleaf Plantain
  • Chickweed
  • Ragweed

Grassy Weeds

Grassy weeds in Kansas City have their name because they closely resemble desirable grasses. This often makes them more difficult to identify than broadleaf weeds. Grassy weed blades emerge as a single leaf from a germinated grass seed. They grow to be long with parallel veins and have round, hollow stems and hard, closed joints (nodes) with alternating leaf blades on each side.

Types of Grassy Weeds:

  • Crabgrass
  • Bluegrass
  • Ryegrass
  • Foxtail Barley


Sedges can be identified by their triangular stems. Like grasses, sedges produce a seed head at the top of this stem. Some types of sedge only reproduce by seed, while others have a creeping underground stem called a rhizome. The hardest ones to control also have underground tubers called nutlets, which are attached to the rhizome and the sedge type can sometimes be identified by taste if one is adventurous.

Types of Sedges:

  • Nutsedge
  • Annual Sedge – Watergrass

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