weeds in lawn - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by kelbellnv
August 14, 2009
We have a fuzzy type weed growing across our lawn almost looks like clover but is not. what to do

Answer from NGA
August 14, 2009


I can't positively tell from your description, but it could be Mouseear chickweed. It is a prostrate perennial broadleaf weed with stems that root at the nodes to form dense patches. Cotyledons (seed leaves) are rounded and lack hairs or have a few hairs. First and next few leaf pairs are oval to narrowly football shaped, with long hairs and an abruptly pointed tip on a stalk equal in length to blade. True leaves are opposite, rounded on the ends, and stalkless. Hairs are prominent on the upper leaf surface and on stems. Small, white, inconspicuous flowers are formed in clusters at the end of stems and have five petals. Each petal is so deeply divided that flowers often appear to have ten petals rather than five. If this is the weed in question, a broadleaf weed killer should control it. Hand pulling and/or digging it out roots and all is also a solution to controlling this pesky weed.

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