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Dichondra Weed ControlHow to Get Rid of DIchondra

Dichondra is a common invader which can creep into unsuspecting lawns. One particular customer of ours called us complaining of this weed, claiming that dichondra was taking over his lawn at an alarming rate.

He thought that mowing regularly would eliminate the weed but they just kept coming back. Lucky for him and any of you who are having problem with this weed, we have just the solution for you with the help of this how-to guide on getting rid of dichondra from your lawn.

Dichondra is a plant that has kidney-shaped leaves and can grow and cover a large area in very little time if there is no intervention to stop it. While some may use dichondra as a groundcover, for the most part it is viewed as a weed which can smother desired plants and take over gardens and turf.

It is always helpful to know a little bit about the problem weed that invades your lawn so you know what it’s tendencies are in order to come up with a winning approach to controlling a weed. View our recommended herbicide options for dichondra control and then scroll further to see our detailed how-to advice on dichondra removal using our Solutions 4 Step Process

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How To Get Rid of Dichondra: Solutions 4 Step Process

Step One: Identification. Before you proceed with control and removal, it’s important to make sure that the weed you are experiencing on your lawn is in fact dichondra and not some other similar looking invasive weed. Proper identification of the weed you wish to remove from 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.


This is important because some common lawn weeds have a high tolerance or resistance 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 dichondra when it is not, you may purchase a herbicide not meant to tackle it and it will lead to disappointing results and overall, a waste of money.


Dichondra is a perennial weed, spreading by slender creeping stems that root at the nodes. It forms mats that can reach between 112 to 3 inches tall. It's distinguishing traits are the kidney-shaped to nearly circular leaves which grow opposite each other, sometimes appearing whorled on the stems. The white to greenish small flowers develop in clusters in the leaf axils below the level of the leaf. Dichondra is cultivated as a ground cover in some states. Dichondra can often be confused with dollarweed because of their similar look.

 

As always, if you are unsure of what weed you have, you can contact us at 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. Dichondra thrives on lawns and comes up in little bunches and can spread via tubers and can easily start popping up everywhere and invade and take over a whole yard. Dichondra tends to thrive in lawns that have potty turf or are weak or thinning in certain areas. Hence, the presence of dichondra may be a sign you are giving your lawn enough TLC.

 

Step Three: Control. There are a number of different herbicides you can use to control dichondra. What you choose largely depends on where dollarweed happens to be growing. If dichondra is appearing on your lawn, it is best to use a quality herbicide in the late spring when the weeds are younger and smaller. Herbicides are less effective the older and more mature the weed gets.

 

Our top recommendation is any product  that is a three-way herbicide containing 2,4- D (2 4-D Amine Selective Weed Killer) or dicamba (3-D Herbicide Triplet Alternative). These products should be applied at a reduced rate to lessen the chances of damaging your desired grass. If a second application is needed, apply the herbicide in spot treatments. Repeated applications of a three-way herbicide should be spaced according to label directions. On flowerbeds, spot treatment with glyphosate will do just fine. Be careful applying in the heat and just spot treat the area so you don't burn your grass.

 

Step Four: Prevention. As noted earlier, dichondra thrives in thinning turf that isn’t getting sufficient nutrition. The best defense against dollarweed making a comeback is promoting a thick lawn that is well fertilized and maintained and moisture issues are addressed. Implement proper cultural lawn care maintenance practices such as infrequent watering, mowing high and fertilizing will go a long way and keeping your lawn strong enough to withstand dichondra and other invasive weeds during the growing season.

 

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Learn More About Dichondra

Dichondra is a  broadleaf perennial which spreads via creeping stems that root at the nodes. It forms mats between 1½ to 3 inches tall. Dichondra are normally kidney-shaped to nearly circular leaves which grow alternate to each other, sometimes appearing whorled on the stems. They contain white to greenish small flowers which are borne in clusters in the leaf axils below the level of the leaf.


Dichondra is cultivated as a ground cover in some states and also is seen as a desirable or decorative type of grass in some areas of the US. However, for most homeowners, the ability of dichondra to spread and smother other plants is undesirable in flower and vegetable gardens, and lawns.


Dichondra can often be mistaken to be dollarweed because of their similar appearance. The round leaves grow parallel to the soil and are seen growing in groups much like dollarweed. However, Dichondra is smaller and prefers shady moist areas of the lawn.Dollarweed on the other hand can tolerates a wide variety of soils, temperatures and water conditions and will populate the entire lawn, Dichondra is usually isolated to a few small preferred spots in the lawn where it is thin and not well maintained.


For more information on controlling dichondra on your lawn and to get advice catered to your unique issue from experts, contact us at
askapro@solutionsstores.com or call our customer service line at (800) 479-6583.


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Best Methods to Control Dichondra

The best method of controlling dichondra is always to maintain a healthy, well-managed lawn that houses soil that will not allow weed seeds to germinate. Weed seeds thrive in soil that is moist and need daylight to sprout and develop. Soil that is dense and nutrient-rich will choke out young weed seeds before they can develop into mature plants.


A pre-emergent herbicide can be used in the fall if you are not planting new grass seed. Be sure to apply it in early fall before the weather turns cool and weed seeds germinate. Use one of our recommend herbicides above. If correctly applied in fall, an herbicide barrier will form on top of the ground so when henbit seeds begin to show up, they won’t be able to germinate as the herbicide will prevent it from doing so, killing the weed.


If dichondra has already grown and matured on your lawn, we recommend the above post-emergent herbicides for kidney weed dichondra eradication. These work best on weeds that are actively growing. The key with post-emergent herbicide treatment is timing the application before the weeds release their seeds – so you can kill next year’s crop before it even gets started.

As an alternative you can also spot treat dichondra with glyphosate (Roundup), a non-selective post-emergent weed spray. Since it is non-selective, try your best to keep the herbicide from getting on your desired plants.

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Dichondra Treatment Tips and Recommendations

  • When treating dichondra Use a pump sprayer, not a hose-end sprayer. That will allow you to direct the spray in a fairly fine mist directly down onto the dichondra.

  • Use a little bit of surfactant to help hold the spray on the funnel-shaped leaves. Surfactants help prevent spraying solutions from running or bouncing off the dichondra.

  • When applying herbicides be sure to wear protective clothing or safety equipment that completely covers your arms and legs, as well as gloves, socks and shoes. Avoid inhaling the spray or getting it in your eyes or mouth.

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Additional Resources On Dichondra

 

This Weed Has Round Leaves Similar to Dollar Weed but is Dichondra

 

 

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