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What's this in our lawn?

Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:20 pm
by Brown Thumbs
I've tried spraying with a 2,4-D mixture for killing weeds in southern lawns, but it keeps coming back. It grows in different areas and returns each year. It gets thick in some places and will choke the grass.

Re: What's this in our lawn?

Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 2:28 am
by Lindsaylew82
I think it's either Japanese Clover (pink or purple flowers) or Black Medic ( yellow flowers).

A few things...
Both thrive in low nitrogen lawns with compacted soil.

Both are annuals that reproduce by seed only. Preemergents, like corn gluten, work on lawns to prevent the seeds from germinating. It has to be timed right, and usually takes 2 applications in the spring. Corn gluten also feeds your lawn, so it's dual use!

They are both pulled out by hand very easily.

Re: What's this in our lawn?

Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:41 pm
by purpleinopp
Would you be able to sever a stem and take a pic of it alone, like on a table? Have you see flowers?

Re: What's this in our lawn?

Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:43 pm
by Brown Thumbs
Yes, here is a picture of the stem. It's really small so I don't know if you can see what you're looking for or not. I've never seen it flower before.

Re: What's this in our lawn?

Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:16 pm
by Lindsaylew82
I'm 95% sure it's Japanese clover.
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Re: What's this in our lawn?

Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:18 pm
by Lindsaylew82
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Re: What's this in our lawn?

Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:55 pm
by Brown Thumbs
I think you're 95% correct! That sure looks like what we have. Thanks!