invasive weed identification

Asked July 19, 2016, 4:19 PM EDT

I have this weed in my lawn and it invades my flower gardens year after year. Can you tell me what it is and the best way to get rid of it?

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

This appears to be cinquefoil,Potentilla simplex, a perennial with stolons and a short rhizome. In a lawn situation, it can be sprayed out with any of the combination herbicides containing MCPP and dicamba. In your flower beds, hand pulling may be your best bet.