Weed ID taking over my lawn

Asked June 10, 2019, 8:32 PM EDT

Good evening. By chance, can you ID this weed? I’ve looked all over to try to identify it not sure if it’s an Indian strawberry/mock strawberry. I’m trying to get a handle on it. Each 3 leaf section is about an inch wide.
Dobyou also recommend a safe weed killer to apply?

Carroll County Maryland indian strawberry lawn weed

1 Response

This looks like Indian mock strawberry. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/indian-mock-strawberry

This weed prefers shade, moist conditions, and close mowing. Take a look at your cultural practices to discourage its growth. Hand pulling or using an appropriate weeding tool are the primary means of mechanical weed control in lawns and the least toxic control methods. Do not let it produce berries! They are covered with seeds that will stay in your soil and keep growing into more Indian strawberries. Pick off any berries you see and dispose of them.

There are some organic weed control products available, but they are limited in their effectiveness on mature and perennial weeds. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/lawn-herbicides

NC State Extension has a very good webpage on alternatives to glyphosate. Note that organic products may take more time, cost more, and are not necessarily safer than synthetic products -- but there are options available for you to consider. https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/are-there-alternatives-to-glyphosate-for-weed-control-in-landscapes

Good cultural practices such as proper mowing height, soil aeration, overseeding, and maintaining proper soil fertility go a long way to help with weed reduction. See our website for tips on lawn weed prevention and management. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/lawn-weed-id-and-management

In addition, refer to our webpage on organic lawn care. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/organic-lawn-care

See the website above if you decide to use herbicides. You may need several applications and follow label directions.

Marian