Spurge in the Lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Scottsbluff, NE
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Question by NANRMARR
August 29, 1999
I have the weed called spurge infesting my lawn. I purchased some spurge killer that I applied in March and again in June if the infestation was bad. It worked but I don't know what I used last year. I went back to the store where I had purchased it and they didn't know either. This year, the spurge is back with vengence! What would you recommend? I understand this is an annual, correct? And it dies with freezing, correct? Or do I need to put a weed killer on it this fall and again next spring? What do you recommend doing? I've pulled and pulled but I can't get under control this year. Thanks for all you suggestions. Nancy Marr

Answer from NGA
August 29, 1999
You're right, spurge is an annual that dies at hard frost, but it spread a LOT of weeds before it gets buried in snow. Spurge grows especially well in midsummer, when your grass is stressed by heat and dry weather, and can't compete. I suggest that you use a corn gluten based herbicide called WithOut Weeds, sold by Gardens Alive (ph# 812/537-8650, or write to 5100 Scheneley Place, Lawrenceville, IN 47025). Corn gluten produces some kind of enzyme that kills sprouting seeds. It also contains 10% nitrogen, so it feeds your lawn, too. I hope this does the trick for you!

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