The Different Types Of Stickers In Your Grass And How To Deal With Them

Kenneth Wilson

Do pesky sticker weeds invade your lawn? Stickers, AKA grass burrs, can be an eyesore on your lawn. Once they start plaguing your yard– you can expect it to only go downhill by the day. There are three common types of stickers on the grass: (1) Burweed, Lawn Burrs and Stickers Weeds, (2) Pricking Monsters and Sandburs, and (3) Grass Stickers and Grass Burrs.

Though sticker weeds are considerably non-toxic, they can be hazardous to bare feet, children, and your pets at home. These can also cause harm to all your outdoor plants. As such, it would be best to determine the best way to get rid of stickers in your yard to ensure optimal lawn growth.

What are Stickers in Your Grass?

First, you will need to identify the particular sticker plant on your lawn to determine the best way to eliminate them effectively. No wonder we hear several different names of sticker weeds, such as:

  • Burweed
  • Lawn Burrs
  • Grass Stickers/Burrs
  • Sandburs
  • Stickers Weeds
  • Pricking Monsters

Regardless, all of these terms refer to the same thing. If grass stickers invade your lawn, you may be unable to walk barefoot, which may be a problem for your furry friends. (Related: 15 Different Types of Weeds That Grows In Florida Lawns)

What are Sticker Weeds and Where do they Come From?

Lawn Burweed (or Soliva sessilis) is known to thrive gradually in the cooler months. These originate from Burweed, which starts blooming in the early fall and matures in the spring. Once the burweed wilts, its seeds tend to get sticky.

The remnants then form into what we know as "stickers." When stepped on, it can be rather painful to walk barefoot. Homeowners who live in a dry state are most likely to deal with these annoying stickers regularly.

Options to Eliminate Sticker Burrs

Sadly, once you detect the presence of burweed stickers on your lawn– it will be too late for you to control the problem for the rest of the year. Contrary to popular belief, commercial, chemical-based weed killers aren't the most ideal to use in killing stickers in the grass. Remember that you need to be as cautious as possible when using harmful chemicals on your lawns, especially with your children and pets at home.

If you're looking for a simple method to control the problem, use white vinegar, as it may kill the weeds plagued with stickers. White vinegar has natural acidic chemicals that are poisonous to stickers, which can stop them dead in their tracks before they destroy your lawn.

7 Common Types of Sticker Weeds

Generally, sticker weeds are small with numerous seeds. These seedlings surround the ground of your plants, which later take root when they get adequate sunlight. Over time, these sticker weeds form dense clumps that grow rather quickly than the other common types of weed if overlooked.

Let's discuss the different types of sticker weed, so you know which ones are causing harm to your lawn:

  • Grass Stickers ─ Usually found on residential lawns and gardens, grass stickers appear like tiny blades of grass with pointed ends. This makes them easy to spot as they grow close side by side. The leaves of grass sticker weeds are green-colored (young), but they later turn brown once the plant grows older.
  • Spiny Stickers ─ Fortunately, spiny stickers are the easiest to identify among their cousins. It has a distinctive sharp spine on the stem and leaves. The leaves are commonly green in color with a reddish-brown tint. You'll usually find these spiny stickers in gardens, pastures, and yards.
  • Burr Stickers ─ Burr stickers are considered the most common type of sticker weed in yards. This sticker type looks similar to grass stickers but with a giant seed pod that is long and irregularly shaped. The leaves have a light green (sometimes yellow-green) color, with stems turning brown as they age. Like spiny stickers, burr stickers are often found in gardens, pastures, and yards.
  • Lawn Burs ─ Lawn burs refer to sticker weeds that are easily visible on most lawns. It has a seed pod around the same size as a corn kernel with four sharp points. The leaves of lawn burs are light green with a red tint. Its green stem has distinctive white hairs.
  • Yellow Vine Stickers ─ Generally found in gardens and pastures, yellow vine stickers are another type of lawn sticker to keep an eye out for. They produce small seed pods with four sharp points, which resemble thorns on roses or other thorn-filled plants. Appearance-wise, it has light green leaves with a faint red tint.
  • Field Sandbur Sticker ─ The next sticker type is field sandbur sticker plants, which have a tiny seed pod. It also has light green leaves, red tips, and stems covered in fine hairs. That said, it is easy to spot these stickers as they close together. Commonly, this sticker weed type can often be found in fields or pastures without the surrounding grass. This makes it difficult to notice them when there's no other greenery nearby.
  • Burweed ─ Lastly, we have burweed, commonly found in fields, residential gardens, and yards. It has a large seed pod with about three to five sharp points. The leaves of a burweed sticker are also green in color with red tips, while the green stem doesn't have any visible hairs.

Dealing with Sticker Weeds on your Yard

It's always recommended to ensure the pesky stickers do not make a reappearance on your lawn, especially after going through all the hassle of removing them.

Pro Tip: If you're looking for easy yet effective prevention methods: add frequent mowing to your routine lawn maintenance regimen.

Ideally, it's best to catch the seeds before they germinate and turn into weed stickers. You can do this by using a lawnmower or tractor. To ensure the best results, contact a local lawn care professional to help you reduce the likelihood of dealing with weed stickers and grass burrs for the year.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are sticker weeds and what do they look like?

Invasive plants growing in pastures, gardens, and yards are known as sticker weeds. These plants came from a species of burr known as Tribulus Terrestris or puncture vine. Their seed pods, which look like small rounded spikes with four-pointed ends, have earned them the names goatheads and caltrop plants. Since they have sharp spines that can pierce particular shoes, these plants are a nuisance to animals and people. They can also hurt animals, including livestock such as cows, horses, sheep, and goats. These can also harm your pets, such as dogs and cats, if caught in their fur and skin, potentially causing infections.

What are some proven prevention tips to keep Sticker Weeds from invading my garden?

  • To prevent stickers from growing up through the base of plants, you must mulch them. This will also aid in preserving moisture and nutrients in the soil while keeping the ground cool in hot times.
  • Mulch may be made from shredded leaves or grass clippings, or you can purchase a commercial mulch product at your local garden store.
  • The area around the plants must be well weeded to prevent sticker weeds from taking root. If they're small, pull them out by hand; if they're larger, apply a herbicide.
  • Weed-and-feed products should not be used on your lawn because they may kill off the healthy plants and sticker weeds.
  • Borders made of rocks and bricks must be installed around the garden if you have a pet that likes to dig dirt. This will prevent them from entering your lawn.
  • Check your plants for sticker weeds regularly and get rid of them before they get too big.

Are grass stickers poisonous?

They are not poisonous per se, but they can cause traumatic injuries to animals and people.

How do I get rid of stickers in my yard naturally?

Stickers may be removed using white vinegar. Spray the white vinegar directly on the stickers for a few days. Gather them with a shovel or rake and dispose of them when they're dead.

Kenneth Wilson
June 16, 2022
2terra, Yard & Garden

Kenneth Wilson

Retired contractor. Currently residing in Southwest Florida. Now in semi-retirement, I write and manage this blog focused on helping home owners make savvy decisions when it comes to finding contractors and getting their projects done. I also operate remodeling design service for homeowners.

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