Weeds in my Horseherb Groundcover

markjm223April 30, 2013


I am very new at gardening and making my yard look nice. I neglected to remove some weeds in my horseherb groundcover last season and now I am overrun.

Does anyone have any ideas on how I can get rid of them without hand pulling?

Would mowing it do anything? I heard that if you keep your lawn mowed weeds have a harder time getting established, maybe the same would work for horseherb?

Thanks for any help

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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

A lot of the weeds appear to be grasses. There is a grass only spray that will not kill broad leaved plants: Grass-B-Gone made by Ortho. The others you'll just have to pull -- preferably before they go to seed. Then maybe the the horseherb will be so thick they will shade out any remaining seeds, but no matter what the groundcover there will always be some weed pulling to do, even in a thick lawn.

Wishing you the best!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 1:47PM
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Thanks for the tip. Grass B Gone seems to be just what I was looking for.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 4:58PM
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Is that a flat seed pod I see in the lower right quadrant? Does it perhaps contain 7 or 8 flat, husked seeds? If so, it's probably a form of poa annua, or meadowgrass, which is usually an annual. Those who are learned in such matters say that the most effective control is to put down a pre-emergent in late summer, to prevent the next crop of seeds from sprouting. As for herbicide application, I wonder if mowing everything short wouldn't make it easier to target the base of the individual weeds. Might want to pull off the seed pods beforehand, to avoid scattering.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 5:07PM
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Funny thing, Horseherb IS the weed in my groundcover, but with a shoe polish bottle with a little sponge on top, full of Round-up, I've about got it all killed out.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 6:18PM
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The shoe polish bottle is great idea. I'm really glad I found this forum.

My Horseherb turns from friend to foe as soon as it crosses the edging. I have a feeling I'll be dabbing runaways real soon with an old shoe polish bottle

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 4:38PM
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Horseherb doesn't crowd out other weeds that I've ever noticed! Of course, it's a weed itself, as far as I'm concerned. I was pulling some out of my garden today.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 9:50PM
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