Weed is taking over!

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Date Photo Taken: June 25, 2011
Location: Dallas, GA
Posted By: candel


I get this every year in my fescue lawn and so do the neighbors. I used weed and feed in the fall last year; it had no effect on this one. It starts small and gradually takes over. Grows to three or four inches tall and just keeps spreading. It took over my neighbors whole lawn. Please advise what I can do now or in the future.


  1. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Looks like common lespedeza. http://www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/weeds/Lespedeza_Common.aspx
    It will be difficult to eliminate in a summer fescue lawn. Heat and disease stress on summer fescues will take a pretty good toll. Aggressive herbicide will only compound the problems as your lawn transitions through the summer. Core aerate and reseed in September. Plan 2 fall weed and feed applications beginning in October and again in December. Make two weed, feed and preemergent applications in 2012. One in February and one late March to Early April.

    June 26th, 2011 at 1:11 pm
  2. glennt Registered says:

    looks like prostrate spurge

    June 27th, 2011 at 4:36 pm
  3. Southern Garden Coach Flower Fanatic says:

    Well, I don’t know exactly which weed you have, but based on the paragraph (and photograph) above I can tell you the following:
    1. You have a broadleaf weed, probably a legume like lespedeza or hop clover.
    2. It’s a warm season weed because a weed and feed that was applied IN THE FALL didn’t control it.

    A weed and feed product will control this, most likely, if it’s applied according to the label instructions…BUT… it must be applied while the weed is growing.

    Instead of applying a weed and feed on fescue in July (really bad idea to fertilize fescue in hot weather) apply a liquid broadleaf weed control like Ortho Weed-B-Gon (Who thinks up these clever product names, anyway?) Make sure you read, understand, and follow the label directions. I seem to recall a stipulation that this stuff get applied before the temperatures gets above, say, 85 degrees. (See, this is why I preach “Check the label!” because I can’t remember every detail of every product on the shelves.)So, plan on applying it early in the morning. Going forward, I recommend applying a weed and feed in April or May.

    Remember to aerate and over-seed your fescue this fall, apply lime, and fertilize with a root-building fertilizer like a Seed and Sod type thing. (Yet another clever product name.)If you have a weed problem after your new seeds have sprouted and been mowed a couple of times, you can do the liquid weed control thing again.

    It makes sense to have a clear plan of action when doing your own lawn care. Making the right application, at the right time, with the right amount of…stuff makes your lawn look great and your life much easier.

    July 2nd, 2011 at 9:43 am
  4. gardener114 Unregistered says:

    It is hard to see how the leaves are growing on the stems in your photo. Does this weed ever have yellow flowers or resemble clover? If so, it might be Black Medic.

    July 2nd, 2011 at 5:40 pm

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