Remove Common Ragweed From Your Lawn

Posted on: 20 January 2016

Common ragweed is a plant that contains long, thin leaves that have rounded edges. In the center of each weed's leaves, stalks grow that contain small yellow flowers. Many people are allergic to this weed variety and experience watery eyes and frequent sneezing when exposed to it. If common ragweed is growing on your property and you would like to eliminate it due to allergies, the following tips will help you.


  • spray herbicide
  • plastic sheeting 
  • tarp
  • distilled white vinegar
  • spray bottle
  • face mask
  • rubber gloves
  • hand shovel
  • trash bag
  • grass seed
  • water hose

Apply A Herbicide Or Distilled White Vinegar

Eliminate the ragweed by spraying each plant with an herbicide. Before applying the herbicide, use plastic sheeting or a tarp to cover areas of your lawn that are adjacent to the weeds. Put on a face mask and a pair of rubber gloves to protect yourself from the chemicals that are in the herbicide. Aim the herbicide's nozzle directly at each weed and squeeze the trigger several times.

Wait for the weeds to wilt. This may take a few days. If you are leery about using chemicals on your property, fill a spray bottle with distilled white vinegar and apply it to the weeds. Vinegar will effectively kill ragweed within a few days, as well.

Remove Weeds And Plant Grass Seed

Once the weeds have wilted, grasp each one firmly with glove-covered hands and pull it upwards. If some of the weeds are difficult to remove, use a small hand shovel to loosen the soil that surrounds them before pulling them from the ground. Place all of the weeds in a trash bag and dispose of them.

If there are several bare sections on our property where the weeds were once growing, plant grass seed in them. Sprinkle a liberal amount of grass seed to the areas of your yard that you are treating. Make sure that you use the same variety of grass that is planted in the rest of your yard. Apply plenty of water to the grass seed with a water hose. 

Mow Your Lawn Often

Water the new grass each week to assist with healthy growth. Mow your lawn often to keep it maintained. Mowing your lawn will prevent new common ragweed from thriving if it ever grows on your property again.

Frequent mowing will weaken any weeds that are present and will prevent them from producing pollen or seeds, which could lead to more weeds. Your lawn will continue to look great and you can enjoy spending time on it without suffering from allergies. If you need extra help getting rid of your weeds, go to websites like for more information.