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What the heck is this stuff in my lawn!

Posted by blakeas 7b GA (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 16, 07 at 8:35

I posted this in the lawn car forum but thought I would give it a shot here.....

I live in Atlanta, GA and over the winter this weed or thing began invading my fescue lawn - I took pictures of it this morning before I went to work - apologize if it is a little dark. Can someone tell me what it is and what to do about it?
In these pictures it is those lite green patches...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/blakeas/IMG_0058.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/blakeas/IMG_0059-1.jpg

then it started to crawl up the side of one of my banks..

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/blakeas/IMG_0060-1.jpg

Here are some closeup shots....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/blakeas/IMG_0061-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/blakeas/IMG_0062-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/blakeas/IMG_0063-1.jpg

Thanks for help - I started to pull it up but there is just so much of it!! What sort of thing can I use to kill it? Any suggestions welcome!


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RE: What the heck is this stuff in my lawn!

I'm not sure what it is. Maybe you can find the answer here:Weeds

Here is a link that might be useful: Weeds


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RE: What the heck is this stuff in my lawn!

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Sat, Mar 17, 07 at 23:31

Can't see details very well. But might be very leggy chickweed.

Beyond that, the grass is a tad sparse to be called a lawn.


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RE: What the heck is this stuff in my lawn!

What do you mean? I moved in about 7 months ago, new to the lawn game - Do I need to keep seeding and overseeding? the lawn seems pretty extensive to me...


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RE: What the heck is this stuff in my lawn!

Look at your pictures. You can see soil between the plants. You seeds should be filling in the spots. Questions to ask yourself. Are you getting the seed from the same supplier, maybe you should try a different brand. Are you watering every day when you sow the seeds? Have you put a light covering on the spots that you are reseeding such as bagged compost or topsoil. This will help keep seed from washing away.

Check the lawn forum for other suggestions.


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RE: What the heck is this stuff in my lawn!

Difficult to say but that could be Black Medic, Chickweed, or about any other creeping plant we consider a "weed". The single best way to prevent "weed" growth in turf is to grow a good strong turf that keeps "weeds" from getting a toe hold and the starting point there is a good, reliable soil test. Many "weeds" grow in soils not really conducive to good turf grass growth so contact you local office of the University of Gerorgia USDA Cooperative Extension Service, http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/statewide.cfm about having a soil test done.

Here is a link that might be useful: Weed Alert


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RE: What the heck is this stuff in my lawn!

Re your lawn, if you want to keep the birds from eating all the seeds off it (as they LOVE to do), spread some straw over the seeds you put down. Just make sure it's straw and not hay, or else you may get hay in your lawn too.


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