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Question: I have this creeping small leaf that interwines in my grass. It grows like ground ivy. It just doesn't stop and afraid it will overtake my lawn. How do I rid this problem out of the lawn? Would appreciate your input? Thank You.

Answer: I can't tell from your description exactly what the weed might be, but the most commonly encountered viney weed in your area is Swallow-wort. Swallow-wort?s twining viney growthhabit is distinctive. The small slenderpods (2-2.5 inches) are a useful, almost year round, identification characteristic. The smooth, glossy, opposite leaves (2 to4 inches long by 2 to 2 ? inches wide) are ovate with pointed tips. The small, 5-lobed flowers are in loose clusters in the leaf axils. Pale swallow-wort has yellow-maroon to maroon flowers. Blackswallow-wort has very dark, almost blackflowers. In open areas, tangled growths of the plant grow two to three or more feet tall. With the support of shrubs and young trees, the vines may reach 6-8 or more feet, twining in ropes around each other and into branches of trees and shrubs. If this sounds like the weedy growth in your lawn, spot treat with a vegetation killer such as Round-Up. Once you've killed the weed, dig out the remains and reseed the bare area in your lawn. Best wishes with your landscape!

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