Star Of Bethlehem Control

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Star Of Bethlehem Control

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"If the Star of Bethlehem happens to resist the recommended selective herbicides on your lawn, your best bet is using RoundUp or Glyphosate, which is a non-selective weed killer. Glyphosate is certain to eliminate Star of Bethlehem and get to the bulbs beneath the soil which is the main culprit to eradicate, but will also kill any plants the weed is growing near."

Star of Bethlehem Control: How To Get Rid of Star of Bethlehem

This page is a general DIY guide for controlling star of Bethlehem. Using the products and methods suggested you get control of star of Bethlehem. Follow this DIY article and use the recommended products, and we guarantee 100% control of star of Bethleham.

The star of Bethlehem, also called the garden star-of-Bethlehem, summer snowflake, grass lily, nap-at-noon, or eleven-o'clock lady is native to Europe and is now a common invader in the United States. Its pleasant appearance and flowers make some lawn owners not regard the star of Bethlehem as a weed at all despite the fact that all parts of the plant are toxic. Because of that, they should be removed immediately from lawns once they have emerged.

The way the star of Bethlehem spreads is through underground bulbs which can each easily produce seven new bulbs annually making it very easy for the weed to quickly take over your lawn if nothing is done to control them. Small clumps of leaves appear mid-spring, and continue to grow into late spring when flowers are produced.

The star of Bethlehem is a potential threat to native vegetation. It can form dense stands along the edges of rivers and streams, traveling rapidly downstream to new locations. Star of Bethlehem is poisonous to livestock when it grows on pastures, as well as to children who frolic around the plant and are curious enough to taste it.

If star of Bethlehem is growing on your property, our DIY treatment guide can help. The following guide below was developed by our lawn care experts and will show what you need to do to remove this weed from your lawn with the help of our professional herbicide recommendations. Follow the step-by-step instructions and you are guaranteed to eliminate Star of Bethlehem quickly and affordably.

Identification

Before you can carry out a weed control program, you need to first correctly identify the plant and make sure you're dealing with the star of Bethlehem weed and not some other weed. Below are some traits to help you know what star of Bethlehem looks like for proper identification.

Star of Bethlehem

  • Star of Bethlehem is a herbaceous perennial invasive weed that is easily identified by its six white, star-shaped petals that bloom in late spring. Together these petals resemble a star hence its name. Usually they will reach about 1 foot in height. 
  • When growing, the plant’s leaves look like wild garlic but with a distinct white midrib and without any garlic odor. They are also shiny, pale to dark green in color. These leaves only grow to about half the height of wild garlic leaves, growing 4 to 12 inches long and up to 6 millimeters wide.
  • Like wild garlic and onions, star of Bethlehem plants grow from bulbs. These oval-shaped white bulbs are buried deep into the soil, which allows the star of Bethlehem to overwinter and bloom next spring. Smaller bulbets will spread from the parent bulb which allows this plant to increase in population. Remember, all parts of the star of Bethlehem are toxic and should never be consumed.

Use our description and image above to help you to identify star of Bethlehem on your lawn. If you are having trouble with identification, contact us and we will properly ID the plant for you as well as give you the best product recommendations to control the weed you have.

Inspection

Once you have confirmed that the weed you are dealing with is the star of Bethlehem, you can proceed with inspection. In this phase, you will need to determine where the star of Bethlehem is growing and what the conditions are that are helping the weed to thrive. This will also help you to determine where to focus your herbicide application.

Where to Inspect

Star of Bethlehem grows in moist to wet soil exposed to full sun or light shade.  

Commonly found in meadows, fields, forest edges, waste ground, streambanks, drainage ditches, planting beds, and lawns. 

What To Look For

Star of Bethlehem will grow in tufts from April to June. Typically, it will complete its life cycle and be fully grown by the end of May. 

Treatment

Before performing a herbicide application, be sure to wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, mask, protective eyewear, long-sleeved shirts, long-sleeved pants, and closed toed shoes with socks.

Herbicides containing sulfentrazone, carfentrazone, or 2,4-D have been shown to be the most effective against star of Bethlehem. 

SpeedZone EW Broadleaf Herbicide is a selective, post-emergent herbicide that will remove over 90 different weeds, including star of Bethlehem without harming cool-seasoned and warm-seasoned turf. 

Step 1: Mix and Apply SpeedZone EW Broadleaf Herbicide

Determine how much SpeedZone EW Broadleaf Herbicide you will need by measuring the square footage of your treatment area. To do this, measure the length and width of the treatment area in feet then multiply them together (length X width = square footage). For acreage, take the square footage and divide it by one acre (square footage / 43,560 sq. ft. = acres).

We recommend using spot-treatments with a handheld pump sprayer or a backpack sprayer for easier weed control. 

For spot treatments in cool-seasoned turf, mix 1.1 to 1.8 fl. oz. of SpeedZone EW Broadleaf Herbicide in 1 gallon of water per 1,000 sq. ft. 

For spot treatments in warm-seasoned turf, apply 0.75 to 1.5 fl. oz. of product per 1 gallon of water per 1,000 sq. ft.

Use the lower rates for warm-seasoned when temperatures are above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Otherwise, use the highest application rate for best results against this weed. 

Fill the sprayer with half the amount of water, add the proper amount of SpeedZone EW Broadleaf Herbicide, then pour in the remaining half of water. Shake the spray tank until well-mixed.

Once mixed, adjust the sprayer nozzle to a fan nozzle setting to get a nice even coating on the weed. Spray the top and bottom of the weed leaves until wet, but not to the point of runoff. 

Step 2: Reapply if Needed

Spraying 2,4-D

If needed, a second application can be done when 30 days have passed after the first treatment. The maximum number of broadcast and spot treatments is 2 per year. 

Delay mowing 1 to 2 days before and after the application of this product. 

Rainfall or irrigation occurring within 3 to 4 hours after application of this product may reduce the effectiveness.

Prevention

After the star of Bethlehem has been successfully eliminated from your property, you will have to make sure the conditions do not allow for it to return. Since star of Bethlehem grows from bulbs, pre-emergents will not work to prevent it. Most pre-emergents only control seeds. However, there are other preventative strategies you can follow to reduce conditions needed for this weed to grow: 

  • The most effective way of preventing star of Bethlehem is to dig out each bulb with a gardening trowel or a garden hoe as soon as they emerge. Pulling by hand is not recommended because any part of the plant that is leftover in the soil can start a new infestation. 
  • Mowing can help prevent this weed from spreading by removing the flowers and leaves. However, this alone is not enough to control this weed as the bulb in the ground will still need to be removed. 
  • Conducting good cultural practices to your lawn such as watering and fertilization will promote a thick, lush lawn that will outcompete star of Bethlehem and make it difficult for this weed to return. Adjust watering to deliver no more than 1 inch of irrigation once per week and fertilize at the start of each season with the proper seasonal product. 

Key Takeaways

What is the Star of Bethlehem?

  • Star of Bethlehem is a very invasive weed that is known for its pretty-looking, white, six-petaled flower and its toxic qualities.

How to Get Rid of Star of Bethlehem

  • Our top product to treat star of Bethlehem is SpeedZone EW Broadleaf Herbicide.

Preventing Star of Bethlehem Re-emergence

  • To prevent a return of star of Bethlehem, remove the bulb from the dirt completely with a gardening tool. Implement a proper lawn maintenance program with regular watering, fertilzation, and mowing. 
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