A difficult weed in my lawn

Asked September 10, 2020, 4:27 PM EDT

I am attaching some pictures of a weed from my lawn. Please tell me what it is and how to get rid of it. Thanks.

Oakland County Michigan

3 Responses

Hello,

The weed in the picture is Wood Sorrel (Oxalis stricta). Wood sorrel, a weed of turf grass, thrives on nutrient-rich, moist soils but also shows up in drought-like areas. Small amounts can easily be hand-pulled but when larger amounts exist, chemicals may be resorted to. Attached is an article about wood sorrel.

https://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheet/oxalis-control/

Once removed, prevent infestation by promoting healthy lawn grass with a regular watering and fertilizing program and setting the lawn mower at 3 ½ inches high. Attached is an article on summer lawn care.

https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/michigan_fresh_summer_lawn_care

I hope this helps you solve the problem.

Thank you for contacting Ask an Expert.

Thank you very much Sue for identifying the wood sorrel. I spot treated it with Weed B Gone yesterday and it is fading away already.
Be healthy!