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How To Remove Cudweed How to Remove Cudweed

As a homeowner, weeds come with the territory. As much as one tries to do the right thing when it comes to lawn maintenance, weeds still happen to creep up in spite of your efforts. Some weeds are ugly. Some are actually pretty. But nearly all share the nasty habit of growing out of control, coming up everywhere, and making you want to pull your hair out. One of those awful weeds that repeatedly rears it’s ugly head is Cudweed.

Cudweed is very tough to control because of how quickly it spreads over lawns, basically leaving no empty spots behind to colonize. As difficult as cudweed may seem though, they are manageable. At Solutions Pest and Lawn, we carry the best products to get rid of this troublesome plant.

Shop the best products for cudweed control by browsing our selection below. Scroll further to learn more about cudweed and how to eliminate it from your yard and property the right way using our patented 4 step process.

How To Get Rid of Cudweed: Solutions 4 Step Process

Step One: Identification. Before proceeding with a plan of chemical control and removal, it's crucial to confirm that the type of weed you are encountering on your lawn is in fact cudweed and is not mistaken with another common invasive weed. Proper identification of the weed you are encountering on your lawn will help you to understand what the weeds tendencies and characteristics are and can also point you in the right direction of which products can best treat that particular weed. 

Cudweed has a number of different species but the most common cudweed in the states is(Gnaphalium spicatum). Some of the main traits you can watch out for to identify cudweed are their leave which can be either green or grey depending on the species. What is especially notable is that the undersides are always whitish grey color. Cudweed start out as a basal rosette but then one or more stems grows either upwards or outwards from the taproot. Cudweeds have alternating leaves with a pinnate vein structure. Stems are fuzzy and so are the leaves. When cudweed has reached maturity, the tips of the stems turn even fuzzier, resembling wooly looking q-tips.

If you are unsure whether you have cudweed or not, simply shoot an email over to identification@solutionsstores.com and send us a photo of your weed and we will identify it for you and suggest treatment options.


Step Two: Inspection. Once the plant has been properly Identified, you can then move to the inspection process. Cudweed is a summer annual weed but depending on the species and the region of the country where they are growing they can also either be a winter annual or a biennial weed so watch out for it either in the fall, winter or spring. Cudweed commonly grows in clusters on yards, fields or disturbed areas. Cudweed growing in your lawn is often an indicator that your lawn is too sparse and patchy either via cutting your lawn at too short of a height or because you are not applying sufficient amounts of fertilizer. Those bare spots are perfect areas for cudweed to take over.


Step Three: Control. Cudweed can be a  a difficult plant to control for various reasons. Handpulling or manual means of control are not recommend because they are usually ineffective and the plant will grow right on back. The best method of control is via using chemical herbicides. Based on our experience, the products which have worked best are  Atrazine 4L Herbicide and Dismiss Herbicide.  It is recommended to apply herbicides in the spring or fall, preferably when the cudweed is young and actively growing because that is when cudweed is most susceptible to herbicides.

Multiple repeated applications may be necessary spaced between 7 to 10 days apart to see if a difference has been made against this pesky invader.


Step Four: Prevention. Cudweed requires a combination of mechanical, cultural and chemical methods to get rid of the weed and keep it away. Make sure you keep a good schedule with mowing, watering and feeding your turf so it is healthy and nutrient rich, making it better equipped to choke out any invasive weeds that want to establish themselves.  As long as you are persistent in your efforts to keep cudweed from coming back.


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Learn More About Cudweed

Cudweed (Gamochaeta galviceps) is an aggressive perennial plant often found growing in warmer climates in low maintenance turfs and fields. Cudweed can be found prominently in the southern part of the United States and in some southwestern states as well.

Cudweed is easily identified via its flat, shiny green leaves that are shaped in rosette fashion. Cudweed also has fibrous roots and its stems and leaves are covered with dense, white hairs (on both front and back) that give rise to broad leaves near the tip of the plant. It’s flowers are dinky and papery.The glossiness of the leaves actually help in its resistance to herbicides and makes it very difficult to control.

To get more information on eliminating cudweed and other troublesome weeds in your land as well as receive free help over the phone, contact us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or call our customer service line at (800) 479-6583.


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Cudweed Is a Beneficial Herb!

Cudweed isn't all bad! If you're not up for getting rid of the cudweed on your lawn with the help of chemical herbicides, you could always consume it or use it for its medicinal purposes. Cudweed is an herb and the parts which grow above the ground can be used for medicine. While it's advised not to eat the plant, you could do as the natives do and use it to make tea or even smoke it.

Both the tea and smoke were used to treat problems breathing, especially from colds and other lung issues. The tea also helps some with coughs. While it was mainly smoked for its medicinal effects, the flavor is mind and pleasant enough that it was also smoked for pleasure. The usual Native American technique for smoking was to hold the smoke in their mouths rather than drawing it into their lungs. Aside from smoking, it can be used as a mouthwash to treat oral ulcers, help with inflammed tonsils and other mouth sores.


There are much more benefits to cudweed which you can learn about with an online search. So if cudweed is a recurring problem for your on your property, why not use it for its medicinal value.


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Cudweed Control Options

As with any invasive weed, the ideal time to apply herbicides to control cudweed is early and often, especially before the density of the weed is too great. Hopefully this wouldn’t have to be the case after using one of our recommended herbicide options above which are all selective herbicide ideal for spot treating cudweed.

Using RoundUp or Glyphosate is another good option in eradicating cudweed, but bear in mind that Glyphosate is a non-selective weed killer so you should be extra careful in not allowing the chemical to get on your ornamentals or your other desired grasses and vegetation. We would recommend painting the chemical on the plants to be on the safe side, but if there’s a large infestation you have to deal with, that wouldn’t be practical.

Whether you go selective or non-selective with your herbicide, you will likely have to conduct repeat applications. Timing is important as you don’t want to apply the herbicide if there is rainfall expected to happen within days of the application.

Cudweed Control Tips and Recommendations

  • Adding a surfactant to your pesticide is a good idea that may help increase control of smutgrass by combating surface tension and making the chemical stick better to the plant, especially since cudweed has glossy leaves. Spraying the chemical by itself due to the glossy work may prove ineffective without a surfactant.

  • Please follow instructions on the label when handling herbicides since they have the proper mixing rates. Using a hand-pump sprayer we would recommend is the best method of spraying herbicides on Cudweed

  • Herbicides chemicals that are handled by lawn owners should always be applied with ther proper protection. Protect your eyes, skin, mouth and nose by wearing safety equipment and long sleeved clothes and closed shoes.

  • Be sure to browse our  knowledge base and check out our informative How-To Videos to get more a thorough walkthrough in applying the herbicides we carry.

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Additional Resources For Cudweed


Cudweed | NC State Extension Publications





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