Sand spurs - Knowledgebase Question

Gaston, SC (Zone 7B)
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Question by dtodd10
February 10, 2007
I have sand spurs in my back yard where the children play, I am trying to pull them up but there are really too many. I have poor soil, obviously sandy, what would be a good ground cover or fertilizer to use on this portion of my lawn and are there any organic chemicals that I can use to speed the death of these things?

Answer from NGA
February 10, 2007
Sandburrs, aka as sandspurrs or grassburrs, are difficult to control because the seeds remain viable for several years. So, even if you kill the tops of the plants, new ones will emerge as the seeds in the soil germinate. Therefore a two-pronged approach is best: treat the yard with Image or Momentum, Three Way, etc. to kill the existing weeds. (Sorry, there are no organic formulas effective against this weed.) You may have to make several applications (read and follow label directions). In conjunction with that, apply a pre-emergent herbicide to keep the seeds from germinating. Then, if you put your lawn on a regular feeding schedule, it will grow thick and lush enough to crowd out any weeds trying to emerge.

Best wishes with your lawn!

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