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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 is a common weed in the south, especially in states like Texas and Florida and has even reached Hawaii where it has been given the name Ka'imi clover. Ka'imi is Hawaiian for "the seeker". No matter its name, it is a cause of frustration for landscapers and people who work in agriculture because of it's invasive nature and often spraying your average broadleaf herbicides isn't enough to control the weed.

View and shop our recommended herbicide products for beggarweed below and keep scrolling to learn how you can get rid of beggarweed using our patented 4 step lawn care process.



Step One: Identification It's important to identify the type of weed you have to make sure that it is actually beggarweed and not some other similar looking invasive weed. Knowing the exact weed you are encountering on your lawn will help you to understand what the weeds tendencies and characteristics are and also which one of our products can best treat that particular weed. This is important because some more stubborn weeds have a high tolerance or resistence to particular herbicides and control methods and are specifically labeled for certain weeds and not for others. If you misdiagnose the weed on your lawn as beggarweed when it's in fact not, you may purchase a herbicide not meant to tackle it and it will lead to disappointing results and overall, a waste of money. We don't want that. 

Beggarweed is a perennial weed which has a large taproot and a number of long extensively branched runners which roots at the nodes. Beggarweed leaves contain 3 leaflets which vary in size but are usually marked with fine hairs. The stem is erect; flowers range in color from pink to deep rose but are often small and inconspicuous. The fruit comes with six or eight rounded segments which when ripened can easily break off and get stuck to clothing and animal fur. Reproduction can occur by seed, stolons, and broken taproots. It is often found in turfgrass, open woods and disturbed areas.


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Step Two: Inspection. Once the plant has been properly Identified, you can then move to the inspection process. Chances are, if you have beggarweed, it would be tough to miss them as they stick out like a sore thumb on your lawn amongst your desired grass and plantlife. Beggarweed is a creeping spreading perennial weed Crееріng Bеggаrwееd can be fоund in ореn turfgrаѕѕ, аnd has the аbіlіtу to grоw in dіѕturbеd аrеаѕ, аnd саn аlѕо become wооdу as the plant mаturеѕ. Creeping Bеggаrwееd саn bе a rаthеr dіffісult wееd tо control uѕіng cultural mеthоdѕ, lаrgеlу due tо thе fасt thаt thе lаrgе tарrооt mаkеѕ hаnd-рullіng difficult. The wееd’ѕ seedpods are easily dіѕruрtеd аnd ѕuссеѕѕful hаnd-рullіng can rеѕult іn ѕрrеаdіng thеm in your lawn. Addіtіоnаllу, thе wееd саn withstand mowing at a low height and will keep coming back.


Step Three: Control. The best method of control is chemical control and as such, the use of a broadleaf weed killer such as 2 4-D Amine Selective Weed Killer or SpeedZone Southern Broadleaf Herbicide  are great options for control Aside from these you can also use Glyphosate. Be sure to read and follow label directions so you get the proper application and mixing rates. Make sure to spot spray rather than do a broadcast application of your entire yard.


Step Four: Prevention. The best defense against ground ivy is a thick lush lawn that is properly maintained and well-fed. A lawn should also never be scalped by mowing. A thick dense lawn that is well-fertilized will be better able to choke out weeds and not allow them room to establish. Solutions carries various fertilizers that you can purchase to give your yard a steady diet of essential nutrients. Also mowing regularly and collecting the clippings is a must to keep buttonweed from creeping back up.

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Learn More About Beggarweed

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.


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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 herbicide concentrates have, which is what we sell at Solutions stores.


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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


Additional Resources

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