The Q&A Archives: Can you help me identify this lawn weed?

Question: I live in southeastern North Carolina and a particular weed is starting to take over my lawn, which is centipede grass. It has one root, but it spreads out like a small flat bush and it also has small pink flowers. I'm not quite sure what to use to get rid of it, as it is very hot out and I don't want to 'burn' the lawn. Also, when is it a good time to fertilize?
Thanks so much for your help.

Answer: It sounds like filaree, sometimes called wild geranium, but I can't tell without looking at it. Why not dig one out, roots and all, and take it to your local cooperative extension office, Master Gardener Clinic, or well staffed nursery for positive identification? Once you know what you're dealing with, helpful folks at one of the above locations can suggest control measures. You'll want to feed your lawn next month (September) when the weather is a little cooler.

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