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Aug 25, 2015 7:36 PM CST
Name: Ben Dunbar
St Louis, MO
Patches of this weed starting showing up in my yard mid-July. It sprouts from its roots and weaves its way horizontally through the grass in all directions. It creates a tangled thick mat and it only grows bigger because the lawn mower doesn't cut that low. You can untangle and fluff it up above the grass line, pull it together like your tying a ponytail, then pull the weed with its roots out of the ground. This is spreading like wildfire and I can't seem to find any pictures of it online. Need help identifying it.
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Aug 25, 2015 9:45 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Welcome to ATP Ben. I am in no way certain, but it looks kind of like carpetgrass.

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Aug 26, 2015 5:27 PM CST
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Isn't it just plain old Smooth Crabgrass (Digitaria ischaemum) ? It's extremely common in lawns around here. It's an annual that starts showing up around Independence Day and gets thicker and thicker until the frost kills it in the fall. Crabgrass ranks right up there with dandelions on the enemies list of "lawn people".
Aug 26, 2015 6:51 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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I agree with Kent, it looks like Crabgrass. We have four or five species of Crabgrass that grow here in Florida (D. ischaemum being one of them) and that sure looks like Crabgrass (Digitaria) to me.

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