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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. Learn a little bit about cudweed and how you can eliminate this weed with the right technique and products.

Cudweed Background Information

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.

Cudweed Control Options

Recommended Pre-emergent and Post-emergent Herbicides:

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.

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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