Bermuda Weeds

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Date Photo Taken: July 3 2011
Location: Newnan
Posted By: pcolamagic


Looked at several sites to ID these patches of weeds in my bermuda grass.Found nothing.Took a sample to the Big Box store and was told Nutsege.Looks nothing like it to me.Also once it’s ID can I spray herbiside at the same time I fertilize..Thanks for your help..Eddie


  1. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    Hard to ID from the pic….maybe prostrate spurge?

    see my website notes on this weed

    July 4th, 2011 at 6:13 pm
  2. Eddie Blasingame Unregistered says:

    Very close. The leaves on the spurge come out on both sides and this weed does not. I have these in the yard also But it seems as these come up as singles. They don’t seem to be in large clumps like this. I have searched books and links on your website for this and have not found it. I sprayed yesterday with Weed B Gon Max. Thought I would get at least 3 hours of sun but it rained 2 hours later.I guess I’ll find if this works in a week or so. I would like to find out what this is.

    July 5th, 2011 at 7:29 pm
  3. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Give it the milk test to confirm prostrate spurge. The reddish somewhat hairy stems will exude a milky sap when broken.

    July 5th, 2011 at 9:36 pm
  4. Eddie Blasingame Unregistered says:

    No milk. The stems are not red. The good news is the Weed B Gon Max that I sprayed last week has them turning yellow and seems to be killing them. I also fertilized at the same time and the herbiside has had no effect on the bermuda.I have seen this weed at work so it at has to be a common weed in bermuda. Thanks for all the help.

    July 9th, 2011 at 5:38 pm
  5. Eddie Blasingame Unregistered says:

    By the way is it a good time to ariate the lawn. I am new to bermuda lawns. The base is red clay.The bare spots I have been digging up and plugging them with the grass that has been creeping into the bushes. But when it rains I have noticed in several spots the lawn is not draining.

    July 9th, 2011 at 5:44 pm
  6. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Eddie now is an excellent time to aerate your bermuda. Water the day before to moisten the soil so the aerator will penetrate better. You need to be watering deeply once a week and especially so if you aerate your lawn. If you fertilize regularly apply a 5-10-31 at 3 lbs/1000 sq ft to promote healing. If you haven’t fertilized in the last 4 to 6 weeks a 19-19-19 fertilizer at 5 lbs/1000 sq ft would be good. Test your soil to determine if you need corrective lime applications.
    Try to build up the low spots to promote better drainage. Turf grasses don’t like wet feet!
    I just can’t make out any detail on your problem weed pictures. Sounds like they are walking dead men now! I’m glad the weed control product worked well for you. Most postemergent broadleaf weed controls are effective on a wide range of those type weeds. If used according to the label they will not harm your bermuda.

    July 11th, 2011 at 9:21 pm
  7. Eddie Blasingame Unregistered says:

    That was very helpful.I just aplied 19 3 3 last week. Currently I am digging up the spots where no grass is growing and filling what was red clay and rocks with topsoil and plugging with the bermuda that has been creeping into the bushes. That seems to be working well. I think I will pick up a load of builders sand and slowly fill those low spots after I areate the lawn. Thank everone for being so helpful. What a wonderful website for someone new to Georgia. Eddie

    July 13th, 2011 at 8:55 pm
  8. Dick King Unregistered says:

    Last saturday, 1/28, you suggested Weed beater for the weed that has a purple flower, kinda like pillow leaves (don’t remember the weed’s name). Do i use the weed killer now, or wiat for warm weather?

    January 30th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

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