Carpetweed Control

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"Some customers of ours usually come to us after trying and failing to remove carpetweed using sprays bought from a big box store or a local garden center. For a pesky persistent weed such as this, it’d be wise to break out the professional grade herbicides we carry like Glyphosate or Quinclorac for maximum effect."

Carpetweed Control: How to Get Rid of Carpetweed

This page is a general DIY guide for controlling carpetweed. Using the products and methods suggested you get control of carpetweed. Follow this DIY article and use the recommended products, and we guarantee 100% control of carpetweed.

Carpetweed, also called devils grip and Indian chickweed, is native to Africa and tropical America but is found in most of the United States and is especially common in the East. A broadleaf summer annual, carpetweed grows in disturbed sandy soil of moderate to excellent fertility and is a common problem in garden beds and newly seeded lawns as well as waste areas along roadsides and railroad tracks.

Since carpetweed is an annual weed, all reproduction is through seeds. Carpetweed can be a pretty big issue in ornamental plant beds and in newly established or thinning turf. There are other low growing weeds that can be found in these locations, but there are easy ways to tell them apart. Chickweeds and speedwells are low growers, but lack the whorled leaves and forked branching of stems.

If you are having a problem with carpetweed, we can help. Our DIY carpetweed control guide was developed by our team of lawn care experts to show you exactly what you need to kill carpetweed and remove it from your yard quickly and affordably.

Identification

Before proceeding with a treatment program, you will need to be certain that you are dealing with a carpetweed infestation. Careless identification can lead you to using the wrong treatment methods which can be a waste of time and money. Below are the following characteristics to know what carpetweed looks like.

Carpetweed

  • When carpetweed emerges in spring, it can easily be distinguished by its seedlings. This plant emerges as a small rosette. As it matures, the stems grow prostrate, they can redden, and they radiate outwards, forming a circular mat up to 2 feet across and up to 5 inches in height.
  • The leaves grow in a whorl arrangement, meaning several leaves, at least 3, grow and radiate around a single node. The leaves are a slender ovular shape that tapers to the thin petiole attached to the stem. The leaves are waxy with smooth edges.
  • Clusters of two to five small white flowers are produced on slender stalks at the leaf axis in mid to late summer. Small three-parted egg-shaped fruits contain orange-red seeds. The root system is a fibrous taproot.

Use the above description and image to help you in properly identifying carpetweed. If you are having trouble, you can always contact us and our lawn care experts will help to correctly ID your weed growth and suggest treatment options.

Inspection

Once confirmed that you are dealing with carpetweed, you can then move on to inspection. During this phase, you will locate areas where carpetweed is thriving and observe the conditions that are allowing it to thrive. This information will help you in knowing where to focus your herbicide application.

Carpetweed

Where to Inspect

Carpetweed thrives on thin turf or turf that is younger. This weed grows well in moist soil, but can also grow in drier environments.

Carpetweed germinates later in the year than most other summer annuals, so it’s easy for this low-growing weed to go unnoticed.

Common sites include but are not limited to, gardens, newly planted lawns, and along roadsides.

What to Look For

From July to September, carpetweed will grow flowers in small clusters. When the flowers bloom, the petals are white.

Look for seedlings when the plant is young and larger mats later in its growing season.

Treatment

Before using any herbicide product, make sure you first have on the proper PPE for safety (gloves, glasses, mask).

If carpetweed has already emerged on your lawn they can possibly be hand-pulled out if it there isn't many or if they are young, but if there is a large invasion, some post-emergent products can help to eliminate these invaders.

Post-emergent herbicides containing either diquat, flumioxazin, dicamba, 2,4-d, glyphosphate, or oxyflurofen will work to remove carpetweeds. 

Step 1: Measure and Mix Herbicide

To get rid of carpetweed from warm-seasoned turf, we recommend using Fahrenheit Herbicide. 

Fahrenheit Herbicide is a post-emergent herbicide that contains the active ingredient Dicamba 33% and Metsulfuron-methyl 5%. This product is water dispersible granule that will kill weeds like carpetweed and other broadleaf and grassy weeds in warm-seasoned turf. 

Use 0.2 oz. of Fahrenheit Herbicide in 1 gallon of water per 1,000 sq. ft. of turf to make spot applications. For larger coverage, apply 3-4 oz. of product in 20-80 gallons of water per acre. 

To get rid of carpetweed from cool-seasoned turf, use 2,4-D Amine Selective Post-Emergent Herbicide. 

2,4-D Amine Selective Post-Emergent Herbicide is a post-emergent herbicide that contains the active ingredient 2,4-D 46.8%. This product is a flowable emulsifiable concentrate that can treat various broadleaf weeds such as carpetweed in residential lawns, grassy areas, drainage ditch banks, and cool-seasoned turf. 

Use 1/4 pint of 2,4-D Amine Selective Post-Emergent Herbicide in 3 gallons of water to make spot applications in ornamental turf areas. 

Determine how much herbicide material to use by measuring the square footage of the treatment area. To do this, measure the length and width of the treatment area in feet then multiply them together (length X width = square footage). For acreage, take the square footage and divide it by one acre (square footage / 43,560 sq. ft. = acres). 

Mix and apply the product in handheld pump sprayer for areas lesser than 1,000 sq. ft. in size. Anything larger than this then you may have to use a backpack sprayer or spray rig. 

To mix for either of these products, you will need to pour half the amount of water then add the measured amount of herbicide material. Next, pour in the remaining half of water and agitate until the solution is mixed.

Keep in mind that when making applications over St. Augustinegrass, Bermudagrass, or Zoysiagrass, temporary stunting or chlorosis may occur.

Step 2: Apply Herbicide

Use a fan or cone spray pattern to ensure the leaves are fully coated, and spray the weed to the point of wet but not runoff.

Be sure to spray on calm days when temperatures are not too hot and when wind speeds are low to minimize drift.

Because carpetweed is a stubborn and persistent weed, you may need to do repeated applications. 

When applied properly, affected weeds will yellow and begin to die. Reapplication intervals with 2, 4-D Amine Post-Emergent Herbicide range from 21 to 30 days. Reapplication intervals with Fahrenheit Herbicide range from 4 to 6 weeks.

Applications are most effective when the plant is young and actively growing, before flower or seed production.

Prevention

Once carpetweed has been eliminated from your property, you will need to implement some preventative measures which will ensure that this weed does not return.

  • The best defense against Carpetweed is a thick lush lawn that is properly maintained and well-fed. A thick dense lawn that is well-fertilized will be better able to choke out carpetweed and not allow them room to establish. We recommend using Solutions 15-5-10 Weed & Feed with Trimec at rate of 3.2 to 4.0 pounds of product per 1,000 sq. ft. of treatment area. Evenly distribute all of the granules throughout your treatment area. Do not wash from weed leaves for 1 to 2 days after application then thoroughly water the treated area after this time frame has passed. 
  • Mowing when your lawn reaches a height of 3 inches help to increase turf growth, which outcompetes carpetweed from growing. 
  • Prevent Carpetweed from regrowing in turf and landscape ornamentals by applying a pre-emergent product like Barricade Pre-Emergent Herbicide Prodiamine Granular. Depending on the turf type, use between 1.5 to 4 lbs. of Barricade Pre-Emergent Herbicide Prodiamine Granular per 1,000 sq. ft. For listed landscape ornamentals use 2.5 to 5.94 lbs. of product per 1,000 sq. ft. in the fall and/or spring. When making applications to turf you will want to use a push spreader and for landscape ornamentals you want to use a handheld spreader. Spread the granules in 2 perpendicular passes to get uniform coverage in the treatment area. Water the treated areas with 0.5 inches of irrigation after application or within the following 14 days. 

Key Takeaways

What is Carpetweed?

  • Carpetweed is a frustrating lawn weed that, as its name indicates, spreads very quickly on the ground to form a carpet-like matting and is found all over North America.

How to Get Rid of Carpetweed

  • We recommend a post-emergent herbicide treatment of 2,4-D Amine Selective Post-Emergent Herbicide or Fahrenheit Herbicide.

Preventing Carpetweed Reinfestations

  • To prevent carpetweed, implement proper cultural practices such as watering, mowing and feeding to make your yard less conducive to carpetweed infestations. You will also need to make sure your lawn is well-fertilized with Solutions 15-5-10 Weed & Feed Fertilizer with Trimec and prevent germinating weeds with Barricade Pre-Emergent Herbicide Prodiamine Granular. 
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