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doveweedHow to Get Rid of Doveweed from your Lawn

Doveweed may sound like a harmless name for a undesired plant, but this weedy plant can make for quite a challenge to remove from lawns and turfs. Doveweed has become such a problem that it was named one of the top 10 toughest turfs to get rid of on Golf courses. Doveweed is prevalent in the southeastern United States and likes to reside in areas of moisture, which is why they like to set up shop on golf course turf.

We here at Solutions Pest & Lawn can help you to tame this nuisance weed with some tips and our recommended lawn care products that will eradicate doveweed from your land once and for all.

Doveweed Background Information

Doveweed (Murdannia nudiflora) is a summer annual weed species that is a member of the dayflower family and usually germinates later in the growing season than usual compared to other summer annual weeds, becoming a problem quite late in the summer. Doveweed closely resembles a grass.

There are two notable reasons that doveweed becomes such a problem for lawn owners and thrives on lawns and turfs. Firstly, doveweed seeds germinate late during the spring when soil temperatures reach 65-70°F. This poses a problem when lawn owners attempt to control the weed with pre-emergent herbicides in the springtime as the timing of its germination might hinder the effectiveness of the herbicide. Secondly, doveweed leaves can be mistaken for St. Augustinegrass and centipedegrass leaves, which results in doveweed not being noticed by novice lawn maintainers until the plants are large and are displacing the turf.

Doveweed leaves are thick with a shiny rubbery texture and produces creeping stems (stolons). Upon closer inspection, you will find that doveweed has stems that root at the nodes and purple flowers that appear on short stalks in clusters.

How To Effectively Eliminate Doveweed

Recommended Post-emergents:


From our trials and experiences with treating doveweed we found what works best are the above herbicides. What you choose depends upon your preference and how much you are willing to spend. We would also recommend a mixture of chemical control with cultural control by not over-mowing or over-watering your turf, which would help doveweed to thrive further.

Blindside has been known to really take it to doveweed and Atrazine also provides great control. We would recommend repeated applications to ensure that doveweed is totally eradicated from your turf. Timing is also important as doveweed is better controlled when the plants are young and actively growing.

Doveweed seeds can live for several years in the soil, so it may take two to three years of continuous control to deplete doveweed populations. Although herbicides are useful tools to control doveweed, the most important factor to prevent doveweed problems is to have vigorous healthy turf. Doveweed requires a lot of sunlight, so if the turf effectively shades the ground, doveweed will have a hard time growing and producing new seed.

For more detailed information on controlling doveweed on your lawn and to get specialized free advice for your lawn, contact us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or call our customer service line at (800) 479-6583.


Solutions 4 Step Process For Controlling Doveweed

Step 1 - IDENTIFICATION: Before proceeding with chemical and manual control methods its best to make sure you properly identify the problem weed as doveweed. There are a number of different herbicides which we carry and not all of them can control the doveweed. if you misidentify the weed as doveweed when it's really a different weed and then purchase an herbicide, it may be ineffective against doveweed because the product may not be able to control doveweed plants. For instance, doveweed plants can be confused with St. Augustinegrass and centipedegrass leaves, 

If you have trouble identifying the weed yourself, you can always take a picture of it and shoot it over to us at identification@solutionsstores.com. We will have one of our lawn care experts promptly respond to you with the proper ID of the weed and the best recommended herbicide products which can tackle the weed.


Step 2 - INSPECTION:  Doveweed prefers areas where there is lots of dampness and moisture. Check and see if there are any drainage issues on your turf. Over-watering also creates a favorable establishment for doveweed growth. 

The way you mow is also another way that doveweed can thrive. If you mow your grass too short and too frequently, this will make it so doveweeds thrive because they can make it so their leaves grow sideways to avoid being chopped down by mower blades. Taking note of these conditions and modifying them will help to prevent this plant from taking over or coming back after they've been sucessfully controlled. 


Step 3 - CONTROL: To eliminate this weed, you will need to equip yourself with high quality herbicides. Atrazine is one of the most effective herbicides to control doveweed.Mix this herbicide according to the rates indicated on the label and do a spottreat application toachieve both adequate control and avoid turfgrass injury. Atrazine should be applied right before or soon after doveweed emerges for the best results. Make sure you use the proper equipment, such as a poly handpump sprayer, and protective safety gear (gloves, protecting glasses, long sleeve clothing) before applying herbicides to the weed. Alternatively you can use Revolver or Blindside for post-emergent control.


Step 4 - PREVENTION: After the doveweed has been successfully eliminated from your turf, you will have to make sure the conditions do not allow for doveweed to return. The best way to do this is by keeing your turf healthy, well-maintained and nutrient-rich. Mowing infrequently, allowing more shade and not over-watering. Conducting good cultural practices to your lawn will make it hard for doveweed to return, grow and establish new seeds.

Doveweed Control Tips and Recommendations

A great complement to your herbicide application is mixing your selected weed killer with a surfactant. This will help the herbicide to stick better to the plant so you see the best end  results.

Please read the manufacturer’s label carefully and follow directions. Application rates vary depending on the type of herbicide you are using so make sure you don’t overmix.

Handling herbicide chemicals can harm or irritate when contacted.Protect your eyes, skin, mouth and nose by wearing
protective equipment any time you use herbicide chemicals.

For more detailed guides and demonstrations on how to use herbicides and remove other problem weeds, please check out our
knowledge base or view our informative How-To Videos

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