The 10 Worst Garden Weeds

The votes from more than 2,000 gardeners are in! From crab grass to bindweed to thistle, here are the best control strategies for North America’s worst garden weeds.



Crab Grass
A super-fast-growing annual, crab grass is the worst weed plaguing home veggie gardens according to our recent survey.
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Dandelion
Even though many gardeners love its beneficial uses, dandelion sprang in as the No. 2 worst garden weed.
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Bindweed
Bindweed, a perennial cousin to the sweet potato, came in as the fourth worst garden weed.
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Bermuda Grass
Mulch heavily if you’re dealing with Bermuda grass, the No. 3 worst garden weed.
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Chickweed
Chickweed, a favorite snack of poultry, ranked as the No. 5 worst weed.
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Ground Ivy
Watch out for ground ivy! This creeping perennial will expand rapidly in your garden.
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Canada Thistle
You’ll need a tough pair of gloves to pull prickly Canada thistle from your garden. It ranked No. 7 in our Worst Garden Weeds survey.
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Burdock
Control burdock, the eighth worst garden weed, by digging out its deep taproot or pouring vinegar down its stem on hot days.
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Quack Grass
Sliding in as the ninth worst weed, perennial quack grass spreads primarily via thin, creeping underground rhizomes. 
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Johnson Grass
Rounding out our list of the worst weeds is Johnson grass, a noxious plant that can be a real pain in perennial garden beds.
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