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Getting Rid of Weeds in Lawn?

This weed is coming up in circular clusters. It has white flowers, needle like seeds (that pop off when mature) that are one half inches long and needle shaped. The leaves are oval shaped in maturity and have three points at the end when first appearing. The stems grow up to six inches tall. It has a thin root system and spreads by it's root system. The weed remains green thought the year.

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It is not affected by any lawn weed killer; I have tried. And Round Up takes more than a single heavy application to cause its demise.

It is not chickweed. How can I get rid of it?

By Chuck

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March 9, 20120 found this helpful

You might want to dig up one of the plants and after zipping it into a freezer bag to avoid spreading the seeds, take it to a plant centre for advice.

You can also see if the Master Gardeners are having a plant clinic near you and take the sample plant to them for some free advice on what the best herbicide is going to be for that particular weed. They usually set up at the library in spring, there should be a notice in the newspaper or on the library door saying when the MGs will be around.

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Or you can Google to find the website for your local extension service-they run the Master Gardeners programme in the US and will have a notice on the site as to where and when the MGs are having clinics; the extension service will also have pages online with all kinds of good information-pics and advice for eliminating all kinds of garden pests including weeds, plant information, and loads more. Every serious gardener should have that site bookmarked:)

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I have heard vinegar works great on weeds.

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March 12, 20120 found this helpful

It is probably something called "filaree" which grows all over California. It is very hard to get rid of, but I have found that Round Up works pretty well if you use it on the really young plants. It is best to either kill or pull up the plants before they start to bloom so you don't have the seeds spewing all over the yard.

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I use the Round Up concentrate and mix it a little stronger than what they suggest on the back of the bottle. A squirt of liquid soap or detergent in the mix will help it cling to weed leaves.
It might also help to spread a pre-emergent in that area. It will help prevent the seeds from germinating.

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