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Beggarweed ControlHow to Get Rid of Beggarweed

Among the many common varieties of weeds that grow on lawns, one of the most excruciatingly frustrating is Beggarweed. Simply scour the internet and you’ll find forum topics and commenters complaining aloud about how beggarweed is invading their lawns and that pulling and digging out the weed does absolutely nothing. One such topic even labeled beggarweed as the “unkillable weed”. If you have beggarweed, this may sound like a losing battle, but there is hope, or should we say, a “Solution” from your pals at Solutions Pest and Lawn.

Beggarweed Background Information

Beggarweed (Desmodium incanum),also popularly known as Creeping Beggarweed, is a broadleaf perennial commonly found in the Southeastern part of the United States. Beggarweed features a lаrgе tарrооt with mаnу lоng, multi-branched ѕtоlоnѕ rооtіng аt the nodes. This causes thе “сrееріng” characteristic which gives the weed it’s popular name. Beggarweed has many branched runners capable of rooting at nodes along the stems. Leaves are composed of three leaflets of various sizes. The leaflets are usually elliptic in shape, pointed at the tip and rounded at the base. Both the stems and leaves are also hairy.

Beggarweed can also be easily identified by their flowers which are pink to rose in color. The fruit is composed of a segmented seedpod with 6 segments that will separate and attach to clothing. Beggarweed is also known to quickly spread on turfs that they invade because they have more than one way of spreading (by seed, stolons or segments of the taproot.)

What makes Beggarweed so hard to control on lawns is their large taproot and deep rhizomes which makes hand-pulling frustratingly difficult and largely ineffective. The plant also produces jointed seedpods which can easily come apart and spread when physically pulled out.

Control Methods for Beggarweed

As we mentioned above, because of beggarweeds deep root system, digging and pulling out the plants we do nothing to eliminate the invader from your lawn. Also many landscapers and homeowners have complained online about this difficult weed not being affected by many common herbicides. So just how does one safely remove beggarweed without damaging their turfgrass? We have the answer for killing creeping beggarweed.

First off, if herbicides are being used from your local garden center or in an aisle at a big box store and they aren’t doing the trick, it’s because those products do not have the type of strength that professional-grade concentrates have, which is what we sell at Solutions stores.


Recommended Post-Emergent Products To Control Beggarweed

Beggarweed Control Tips and Recommendations

  • Aside from using herbicides, one of the best ways to deal with this stubborn weed is to upgrade your lawn care maintenance routine. Weed problems in a lawn is a good indicator that the turf has been weakened by improper lawn nutrition. A dense turf produced by proper fertilizer practices and adequate watering to prevent moisture stress is the best practices to compete with beggarweed.

  • Use the following products according to the instruction labels to spot treat your beggarweed problem. Repeat applications may be necessarily since this is a particularly tough weed to get rid of once firmly establish on a lawn and can resist herbicides.

  • Make sure to apply herbicides at an ideal temperature. Broadleaf weed control products won’t work above 85 or so degrees without burning. The targeted weed actually closes off it’s “pores” rendering the herbicides to be ineffective.

Some may have deemed beggarweed as the “unkillable” weed, but we here at Solutions beg to differ. We hope this guide helps you in eliminating your beggarweed problem. Try one of our recommended herbicides above and get to tackling this pesky weed!

If you have any questions or need more detailed advice regarding your lawn and weed problems, please do not hesitate to call us at our phone number at (800) 479-6583 or email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com


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