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How to Get Rid of Carpetweed

Weeds on your turf can be quite frustrating to deal with and may give us fits of rage where we shake our fists at our lawn. This can especially be the case if carpetweed is growing on your lawn and gardens because of how hard they are to get rid of once firmly established. So exactly what is carpetweed and what can you do about it? Keep reading as the experts here at Solutions Pest and Lawn have a sure-fire way to eliminate them from your yard.

Carpetweed Background Information

Carpetweed, also called devil’s 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.

Carpetweed can be distinguished by their seedlings, which appear as dime-sized rosettes as soon as the soil has warmed in spring but quickly grow into a circular mat forming an extensive carpet over the soil within weeks, which explains their name. The prostrate stems are slender, green, and multibranched with whorls of 3-8 smooth light green leaves at each node. The leaves are egg-shaped to elliptical, and range between .4 to 1.2 “ in length, and taper to a tiny petiole. 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.

Since carpetweed is an annual weed, all reproduction is through seeds. Carpetweed can be a sizable 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.

Some customers have 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 weeds such as this, it’d be wise to break out the professional grade herbicides we carry at Solutions Pest and Lawn for maximum effect.

The best products to control Carpetweed



Carpetweed Control Tips and Recommendations

Aside from using the products above according to their label, some things you can do to keep weeds like carpetweed from growing on your lawn is maintain a dense, actively growing turf through proper mowing, fertilizing, and watering practices. Mow at the proper height for your selected adapted turfgrass. Coring and traffic control reduce compaction and encourage desirable turfgrass competition. It is best to control this summer annual broadleaf weed in late spring or early summer because it is easier to control at this time and the turf will have a greater chance of recovering the areas previously occupied by weeds.

For more information on controlling carpetweed on your lawn and to get personalized advice and a plan of action from experts, contact us at
askapro@solutionsstores.com or call our customer service line at (800) 479-6583.

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