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Dichondra Weed ControlHow to Get Rid of DIchondra: Tips & Tricks

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.

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. Take a read at our background info on dichondra below.

Dichondra Background Information

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.

Best Products to Control Dichondra

Recommended Pre-emergent:

 

Tenacity Herbicide

Tenacity Herbicide (is also effective as a postemergent)

Prodiamine 65 WDG Pre-Emergent Herbicide

Prodiamine 65 WDG (Barricade Herbicide)

Recommended Post-emergent





The best method of controlling weeds 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. 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.

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.

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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