What is this?

Asked May 19, 2020, 4:07 PM EDT

Will you please identify this weed for me? It has been gradually spreading across our lawn the past couple of years, in spite of the use of weed & feed fertilizer and the occasional spray with Trimec. It grows in small clusters about 1' square and stays fairly low to the ground. It has never flowered. It seems to spread by runners. We've had some success pulling it by hand but it very time consuming and there continues to be more and more of it. Thank you for your help.

Stearns County Minnesota

3 Responses

Sorry to be so slow on this. Could you send me a picture of a patch?

No worries about time. Thanks for getting back to me. I've attached two pics of a weed patch.

Try Weed Free Zone and follow the directions carefully to avoid harming the lawn.

To identify your plant some more information will be helpful.

A photo of the whole plant and closeups of the leaves and buds when it gets a bit older.

What is the source of the plant? volunteer, one you bought at a garden center, one planted on your property, on someone else's landscape, in the wild.

What else do you know about your plant? how tall when mature, when does it bloom, color of blooms, are the leaves rough or smooth, is the stem square,

Where does it grow? shade or sun.

Plant identification can be very labor intensive and since it will take time you may want to try to find the answer yourself since you have the plant to look at. I won't be able to provide an accurate identification without some of the information listed above.

Unless one is familiar with a plant or plant family plant identification requires detective work. Here are some useful resources.

https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/

https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/

http://www.weedid.wisc.edu/weedid.php

http://weedid.missouri.edu/index.cfm

If your wish is to eradicate the plant because it does not fit in your landscape or it is too aggressive and spreading too much see the Fact sheets on weed management.

https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/weeds/

https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/lawns/weed-control-in-lawns/

http://extension.psu.edu/plants/crops/news/2012/09/biennial-and-perennial-weed-control-is-best-in-the-fall

https://weeds.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/CS053-Lectures-11-and-12-Tough-weeds.pdf?fwd=no