Q: Can you identify this weed I am finding in my lawn and how do I get rid of it?

A: Thanks for bringing this weed to the office because describing it over the phone makes it difficult to identify. The weed is commonly called Match Head or Matchweed, Phyla nodiflora. It is a mat-forming perennial which reproduces by seed and stolons. It is a common weed which is found from Pennsylvania south to Florida and as far west as California (even Hawaii).

This is not the best time of year to use any type of broadcast weed killer on the lawn as it may damage the lawn too. I suggest you consider applying a Round-up type product but do not spray it on the weeds as it may drift to other parts of your lawn and kill it. It would be better to use a craft sponge paint brush dipped in the pre-mixed glyphosate product and paint it directly on the weed leaves. Be sure the sponge is not dripping to avoid the herbicide falling on plants or grass you do not want killed. These sponges can be found in the paint section or craft center of your local hardware or department store.

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Posted: July 16, 2017


Category: Home Landscapes
Tags: Matchweed, Phyla Nodiflora, Weed


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