Lawn Weeds With Runners

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Lawn Weeds With Runners
Lawn weeds are often found growing near sidewalks due to compacted soils. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Lawn weeds are a nuisance to gardeners and steal nutrients from desired plants. Weeds that have runners or long, spreading stems compete with grass and are capable of colonising large areas.


Purslane is a highly adaptable weed that grows in a variety of soil conditions. Purslane has fleshy, green leaves and stems and yellow flowers. It develops a single taproot and individual stems radiate outward to form a dense, spreading mat.

Common Knotweed

Preferring compacted areas, walkways, paths and sidewalks are often host to common knotgrass. Knotgrass has small, blue-green leaves that radiate from a central taproot. Plants form abundant, wiry stems that form a dense mat often reaching 3 to 4 feet in diameter.

Ground Ivy

Also refereed to as creeping Charlie, ground ivy is an aggressive, low growing weed capable of choking out turf grass. Preferring moist, shady areas, ground ivy develops long, spreading stems that root easily when they meet soil. Leaves are circular with toothed edges, and purple flowers appear in the spring.

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