Photo By: Langlois, Page


Photo By: Langlois, Page

Hello Dan,

I have this growing in various areas of my lawn and flower bed. What can I treat it with to eliminate and prevent future appearances? Thanks.

- Ryan K.

This is purslane. You can spot treat individual plants by spraying with glyphosate in flower beds. Do not get this on desirable plants or it will damage them. So, be very careful when treating the purslane in beds. Cover or shield nearby desirable plants. Also, maintain two inches of mulch in the beds to prevent seeds from growing new plants.

To control the purslane in your lawn, spot treat patches of purslane where you see it growing with a lawn weed killer like Weed B Gon, Weed Free Zone, Weed Stop and other brands with 2,4-D, dicamba and mecoprop (MCPP). Don't spray the whole lawn, just spot treat. These herbicides are safe to use on St. Aug and centipede, but when it is very hot they are more likely to discolor or damage the grass.

Dan Gill
Consumer Horticulture Specialist

8/19/2015 8:39:31 PM
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