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The Best Way to Remove Parsley Piert on your LawnImage result for parsley piert control

While parsley may be an enjoyable herb that’s used in salads and dishes, parsley piert on the other hand isn’t viewed in the same way. Parsley piert is one of the most difficult weeds to control on home lawns because of its persistence and resistance to herbicides. However, by applying the right techniques and having the right products at your disposal, it is possible that you can eradicate the plant from your turf.

The best way to approach a pesky weed is through education. When you know your targeted plant and it’s tendencies and conditions where they thrive, you can deprive them of that they need and choke them out of your yard.

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How To Get Rid of Parsley Piert: Solutions 4 Step Process

Step One: Identification. Before moving forward with control and removal, it’s important to make sure that the weed you are encountering on your lawn is in fact parsley piert 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.

The reason ID'ing is so crucial is because certain lawn weeds have a high tolerance or resistance to certain weed killers. There are also herbicides out there that are specifically labeled for controlling parsley piert while others are not. If you mistakenly ID a weed on your property as parsley piert when it is not, you may accidently purchase a herbicide not meant to tackle it and it will lead to disappointing results and will be a waste of money for you.

Thankfully, parsley piert is quite easy to identify. What stands out about parsley piert is its small fan shaped leaves which have 3 deeply tooth lobes. If parsley piert has matured you'll see flowers which are small and green formed at the base of the leaves. Parsley piert grows low to the ground and has many stems. It looks kind of like cilantro or parsley.

As always, if you are unsure whether or not the weed you are seeing is oxalis or something else, 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. Parsley piert is an annual weed and can be quite commonly grown in yards where the turf is mowed close to the ground. You can often see parsley piert form small clusters in the lawn. Parsley piert is particularly prevalent in soils which are sandy and well drained and have a lack of nutrients. Trying to mow this plant away is ineffective as it thrives in shortly mown lawns.


Step Three: Control. Parsley piert is a tricky weed to control because it as shown to be resistent to selective herbicides.  What you choose largely depends on where the parsley happens to be growing. Timing is also very crucial to attack the parsley piert. Apply herbicides ideally when the parsley piert is young and actively growing as this is the time when the weed is the most susceptible to herbicide applications.

A three way herbicide like 3-D Herbicide Triplet Alternative does a great job against clover as well as Tenacity Herbicide.  Use a super fine mist with a handheld sprayer to get an even coating and thus, better control. The best time to spray is in the early spring. A surfactant is also recommended to be used to treat clover so the herbicide sticks to the plant to kill it. You could also use a pre-emergent and see if that will keep the parsley piert from emerging.


Step Four: Prevention. If you're able to successfully eliminate parsley piert from your lawn, you will have to closely monitor your lawn and implement preventative practices to ensure the weed doesn't make a comeback. A pre-emergent may be a good preventative measure especiailly if the problem is an annual occurence. Aside from this, parsley can be prevented from proper fertilization. Maintain a good fertilization schedule for your lawn so your lawn is getting adequate nutrients in the soil.


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Learn More About Parsley Piert

Parsley-piert is a freely branched winter annual weed which can range between 1 to 3 inches tall. It closely resembles other common lawn weeds like burweed and knawel. The leaves contain three lobes and each lobe is subdivided again into 3 to 4 lobes. Parsley Piert flowers between May and September, the tiny green flowers which are barely noticeable, form at the base of the leaves. The inconspicuous flowers are borne in axillary clusters and are surrounded by the stipules. Parsley piert usually springs up in areas where the lawn is closely mowed, spreading in small clusters on lawns.

Parsley-piert is usually an indicator that you are mowing too closely on your lawn along with a nutrient deficiency in your soil which stems from a lack of fertilizer. Although it usually grows as a prostrate weed in turf, in a dense crop it can grow upright, growing 10-20 cm tall. Parsley piert has been known to cause problems in pastures, especially newly sown ones, but also sometimes in established pastures where growth is not dense.


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Best Methods To Control Parsley Piert

Herbicide control works best when combined with an overall improvement of lawn care practices like proper watering, sunlight and fertilizing of your lawn. This will ensure your lawn is green and lush and will make for unfavorable conditions for parsley piert. To prevent parsley piert from taking over your lawn, we would recommend using Isoxaben on your lawn to stop the seeds from sprouting. Parsley piert is resistant to many herbicides but it takes well to Isoxaben.


If parsley piert has already sprouted on your lawn, you will have to go the post-emergent route. Parsley piert is resistant to many selective herbicides which makes it particularly hard to control. While we recommend the herbicides above, we must note that it will have to take persistence and diligence on your end in your treatment to ensure parsley piert is fully eradicated.


The chemicals from our trials that have done the best when it comes to eliminating parsley piert are chemicals containing dicamba or a mixture of 2,4-D.


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Parsley Piert Treatment Tips and Recommendations


  • Remember that new parsley piert plants establish wherever turf has been thinned out, especially in autumn. Therefore care is required when applying herbicides to ensure the turf does not get damaged removing one lot of parsley piert, as this could lead to further invasion by new seedlings.

  • Use a hand-pump sprayer with a fan tip nozzle. Spraying a fine mist is best when applying herbicides to parsley piert so that entire plant if completely coated.

  • Remember that the label is the law. Be sure to look towards the instructions on the label for proper application and mixing rates.

  • When handling any pesticide be sure to wear the right protective equipment to cover your skin, eyes, nasal openings and mouth.


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Additional Parsley Piert Resources

Parsley-piert | NC State Extension Publications


Parsley Piert (Aphanes arvensis) - Tennessee Turfgrass Weeds


Parsley Piert - HerbiGuide


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