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indyx_2
Jun 8, 2016 9:16 AM CST
We have a purslane invasion in our newly seeded lawn. First seeded 5/1/16. Re-seeded 05/22/16 due to excessive bare spots. Grass came in great, but after 3 weeks, purselane was out of control. Grass has not been mowed yet; purslane is growing above all grass, some areas over 8 inches and is starting to flower.
Pull it out? Wait and mow when second seeding is tall enough? Spray after mowing 2 or 3 times? Destroy the entire area?
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DaisyI
Jun 8, 2016 10:18 AM CST
Oh, I hate purslane! About all you can do is pull it before it flowers and goes to seed. Killing the lawn and replacing it again won't get rid of the purslane. Roundup only gives it a stomach ache as the waxiness of the leaves causes the Roundup to slide right off.

Some will tell you its a good vegetable - I will disagree with them. Smiling And even good vegetables have their consumption limits (unless you can convince your friends they like it too).

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purpleinopp
Jun 9, 2016 9:13 AM CST
Could you show a pic of the plant in question?
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gasrocks
Jun 9, 2016 10:26 AM CST
Thinking about the old fashioned way to maintain a lawn. Do sheep eat Purslane? Gene
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Weedwhacker
Jun 10, 2016 7:00 PM CST
Depending on how many purslane plants in the lawn (and how large of a lawn) you're actually talking about... if it's too many plants to go around and individually dig up, you may have to completely re-do the lawn, in my opinion (making sure the purslane is under control before you re-plant). I think if you just mow it off it's going to spread even more; and you definitely don't want to let it go to seed. You could also try contacting a lawn service and see if they have a solution to offer.
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RpR
Jun 10, 2016 8:55 PM CST
Does purslane act differently where you are at?

I had, have, it in my garden.
I used to go around pulling it but one dry year after not getting into the garden for a long time I stared pulling heavy tall purslane.
I found out that under the purslane the garden was cooler and quite moist.
After I pulled in that area of the garden the plants started to show signs of heat distress they had not before.

Now purslane really, beyond being there does not really do much harm, so I quit the continual pulling and for the most part now only pull it if it comes up with crab grass that infests my garden.
It is good in salads.

In the lawn, it has never spread into my lawn.
As far as I know it is not a plant that will thrive in a crowed environment, at least not up here.
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 10, 2016 9:06 PM CST
I've never had purslane invade the lawn, either. On the other hand, I've never had any garden plants show signs of heat distress after pulling out the purslane or other weeds. At this point, I have a lot more chickweed than purslane in my garden Sighing!
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sooby
Jun 11, 2016 6:52 AM CST
Purslane should not be a problem in a properly maintained and established lawn but it can grow in a newly seeded or otherwise "threadbare" lawn. It's an annual so if you can get the lawn established, water and fertilize it as needed, the purslane should cease to be a problem. I would mow the lawn at the height of the tips of the grass to chop off the offending purlane tops. Keep doing that until you can start to mow the lawn proper.. As the lawn thickens up the purslane should be less noticeable and it should not get started again next year. Depending where you are located, late summer/early fall is the best time to seed a new lawn because there are fewer weed problems, less heat stress on the new grass, and warm soil for good germination and growth.

paliha
Nov 3, 2016 11:00 PM CST
My perslane plant promote too many branches and not blooming
any idea.

Tnks n rgds,
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ctcarol
Nov 4, 2016 7:47 PM CST
Indyx_2, it would help to know what part of the world/ country you're in. I get it here too, but I've never had it in my lawn. A neighbor who just replaced the lawn with Gazanias on a drip system was over run with portulaca, among other weeds.

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