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The Best Way to Control Purslane in your Lawn & GardenImage result for purslane

Purslane is another one of those weeds that gives lawn owners and landscapers fits because even after control methods are applied, they keep creeping back up as if they were rising back from the dead. However there’s no need to let these wannabe zombies stress you out because there is a way they can be controlled. At Solutions Pest and Lawn we can help you to win the weed war with high quality herbicide products and exceptional how-to guides that will lay out exactly what you need to know about your target plant and how to eradicate them from your yard. Read on to learn our tips and tricks and recommend herbicides to treat pesky purslane.

Purslane Background Information

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is a summer annual weed that reproduces by seed. It is a common problem on lawns, gardens and landscape beds throughout the United States. Purslane tends to grow vigorously in moist, warm, well fertilized soils, and can be very persistent in damp areas.

The distinguishing characteristics of the purslane plant is its thick and succulent leaves and and a fleshy stem which is slightly red in tone. It also features a thick taproot with a multitude of fibrous secondary roots.

The life cycle of purslane starts in the springtime when the seeds first germinate followed by blooming between June through November where finally a hard frost and cold temperatures kill it off. Purslane features small yellow flowers which come about singly or in clusters. These flowers are made up of five yellow petals with two green sepals and numerous yellow stamens.

Common purslane is a prolific seeder with a single plant having the ability to produce up to 240,000 seeds, which may germinate even after 5 to 40 years! Purslane is also an edible plant and is used in salads with the taste being described as “lemony spinach”.

For more information on controlling purslane and other problematic weeds in your yard or to receive free expert assistance over the phone, send us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com or call our customer service line at (800) 479-6583.

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Best Methods of Purslane Control

Recommended Pre and Post emergent Herbicides:


Purslane can be a frustrating weed to eliminate when relying solely on cultural weed control methods. You can have some control by hand-pulling, but it is important to make sure no stem fragments are left behind. Your best bet for complete control are professionally applied herbicides. Above you will see our recommended herbicides.

If purslane is a problem in your lawn, you can prevent most of it by applying a pre-emergent herbicide like Isoxaben in early May. If purslane is already present upon your lawn than a post-emergent broadleaf herbicide will work best. Purslane weed is best dealt with while the plant is still young so you need to act fast to improve your chances of control. If allowed to grow to the seed stage, Purslane actually has the ability actually throw their seeds some distance away from the mother plant and infest several other parts of your yard.

Yellow Nutsedge Control Tips and Recommendations

  • A good tool to use to aid with your herbicide application is mixing your preferred herbicide with a surfactant. This will help the herbicide break through the surface tension and penetrate the plant better.

  • As always when using a pesticide, read and follow label instructions carefully, and try to target only areas where the purslane is present in the lawn to reduce unnecessary pesticide use.

  • Regardless of the herbicide you select, purslane may more than one herbicide application. Refer to the product labeling to determine when to make follow-up applications, if needed.

    You should always wear the proper
    safety equipment any time herbicides are being mixed and handled. Wear jeans and a long sleeve shirt along with gloves and goggles.

  • If you’re looking for a guide on how to apply herbicides, please refer to our knowledge base or view our informative How-To Videos to get more thorough step-by-step guidance in applying the herbicides we carry.

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