Yard weeds

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Date Photo Taken: 10/26/2013
Location: Ellijay, GA
Posted By: jdrich332


These are a couple of weeds that are trying to take over my yard. I would like to know what they are and how do I get rid of them? I live in Ellijay, GA and I have a fescue lawn that gets a good bit of sunlight.


  1. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    looks like pennywort and something else
    persistent appplication of a broadleaf weed killer will manage them….but they will come back because the site is conducive for their growth

    October 27th, 2013 at 3:53 pm
  2. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    I’m thinking shepard’s purse: http://extension.psu.edu/pests/weeds/weed-id/shepherds-purse

    And one of the oxalis.

    Maybe you could eat them… Be careful… If you’ve put chemicals on your yard, it’s dangerous to graze on the wild edibles.

    You are dealing with cool weather plants… Maybe you could leave the grass higher, or Over-seed with winter rye… Plant some trees?

    Plant veggies or Wildflowers.

    Like W.R. says, the site and conditions is conducive to their growth… Change the conditions, different plants will grow.

    Maybe Bobby will chime in here… turf is his bread n butter.

    October 27th, 2013 at 10:27 pm
  3. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    I noticed Hairy bittercress in untreated lawns of West Georgia during the week of Oct 14. It is a winter annual. In shaded areas its sprout time may be as early as late August. With cool wet weather it probably sprouted even earlier in N.Georgia. Cardamine hirsuta L. – hairy bittercress http://plants.usda.gov/java/largeImage?imageID=cahi3_003_ahp.jpg
    Stone nailed it on the oxalis. Yellow woodsorrel: Oxalis stricta L. http://www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/PDFFiles/004168/Woodsorrel_Yellow.pdf. Note carefully the herbicide recommendations for your lawn. Both your weeds could be problems in fescue lawns. As Walter said persistent appplication of a broadleaf weed killer will manage them….but (I’ll add) they will thrive in thin turf. Core aerate and reseed your Fescue lawn every September or October. Oops, times-a-wastin’! How ’bout tomorrow.

    October 28th, 2013 at 11:31 pm
  4. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    Yep… after posting… I figured that it was pepperweed, rather than shepherd’s purse… It’s ok, they’re both edible…
    Which is more than can be said for that fescue…


    October 29th, 2013 at 9:08 pm
  5. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    Here’s someone who really likes his wood sorrel:

    October 29th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

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