Return to the Weeds Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
This weed is encroaching on my Bermuda grass.

Posted by Kev-in-Texas none (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 17, 11 at 21:13

First post everyone! Hello and Help! My lawn is a thing of beauty, but we're surrounded by fields full of weeds. We've noticed this year a certain weed is making it's way from the fields to our lawn.

Recently I sprayed the hose attached ORTHO WEED-B-GONE FOR SOUTHERN LAWNs... I think I heard these weeds laughing at me... they're still green as can be.

Please help me identify and suggest a method to rid my lawn of it's presence! We are in Dallas Texas and have Bermuda grass.

HELP!~

Image link: This weed is encroaching on my Bermuda grass. (53 k)


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: This weed is encroaching on my Bermuda grass.

Your herbicide of choice is for broad leaf weeds not grassy stuff. This weed, judging only by the photograph, appears to be one of the latter. Take a sample to your nearest extension office for a proper identification and recommendation for control. I'm pretty good (usually) at identifying weeds, but I can't really tell much from this image. For example, is that a flower associated with this weed? Perhaps if we could see the flower, it might make it easier to classify.


 o
RE: This weed is encroaching on my Bermuda grass.

The label on that product clearly states it is for broad leaf "weeds" and what you need is something for grssy "weeds". There may not be anything available to you to use without also killing you Bermuda grass.
Check with the people at your counties office of the Texas A & M Cooperative Extensionm Service.


 o
RE: This weed is encroaching on my Bermuda grass.

  • Posted by hortster 6A southcentral KS (My Page) on
    Sun, Sep 18, 11 at 17:37

Rhizo, I know you don't like to shoot from the hip and that diagnosis is much more accurate with a clearer photograph of the weed itself and the flower, but, Kev-in-Texas, you might google skeleton weed or Texas skeleton weed and compare. May or may not be. Looks very similar to me. I'll now put away my 6-shooter.
hortster


 o
RE: This weed is encroaching on my Bermuda grass.

Hey, Hortster! That does look a lot like it; I don't think that I've ever seen that one. Kev...you'll need some help with this one. Be sure to talk to your local extension office.


 o
RE: This weed is encroaching on my Bermuda grass.

Wow, Thank you everyone! And yes, I did spray for broad leaf weeds.. my bad :) but I was reaching!

Skeleton weed, wow, that MIGHT be it (from looking at Google images)!! I did notice some in a field that had purple flowers as well as white flowers. NICE CALL!

Excuse my botanical ignorance, but when you guys say extension office, what do you mean? I did email someone at A&M and Texas Tech too to see if I get a response.

Thank you everyone! Now, to find something that will kill this thing. Maybe I can post the other photos I snapped tonight.


 o
RE: This weed is encroaching on my Bermuda grass.

Many, if not all, counties have agricultural extension agents, who can advise you and point you in the right direction, if you need more help. Check your phone book's county government listings, or do a web search for "[name of your county] texas" + "agricultural extension agent", and you should come up with a name.


 o
RE: This weed is encroaching on my Bermuda grass.

Thank you everyone! What a great group of people!


 o
RE: This weed is encroaching on my Bermuda grass.

I spot treated today with Tractor Supply's version of 2, 4-D. Only did some, so we'll see about the results.


 o
RE: This weed is encroaching on my Bermuda grass.

  • Posted by hortster 6A southcentral KS (My Page) on
    Sat, Sep 24, 11 at 22:57

I've never had to deal with skeleton weed, just have seen it. It may have a "cuticle" or waxy surface that prevents chemicals from entering and affecting it. I'll be watching to see the results of 2,4 D. Was it a "3-way" that you used? Keep us up.
hortster


 o
RE: This weed is encroaching on my Bermuda grass.

This is what I'm trying first.. http://www.tractorsupply.com/weed-killers/groundwork-reg-concentrate-lawn-weed-killer-1-qt--4221187

It has a little under 8% (2,4-D) but said you could spray it on Bermuda grass.

The store clerk brought me another.... 46% (2,4-D) WOW!

http://www.tractorsupply.com/weed-killers/gordon-s-reg-amine-400-weed-killer-1-gal--4201014

but its directions said it could SEVERELY damage Bermuda... so that probably won't due since these weeds seem to intertwine themselves into the Bermuda strands pretty good.


 o
RE: This weed is encroaching on my Bermuda grass.

BTW, neither person at Texas A&M or Texas Tech replied to me. Ugh.

On a more interesting note, I have one of the weed specimens sealed in a ZipLoc bag in my office. It's been three weeks and the dang thing is STILL green! It's leaves are black and wilted, but it's stems are still green! There is no way it's alive unless it's surviving on it's own sugar reserves? Still waiting for a change in the yard. They LOOK like they might be dying, but how am I to tell if the BAGGED version is still green? Hmm......


 o
RE: This weed is encroaching on my Bermuda grass.

Weeds have definitely taken a turn (towards death). They are all brown and brittle. I'm hoping it's the spray and not the drought conditions here in TX.

Neighbor has offered to let me use his 30gal sprayer with MSMA and 2,4-D... that should whipe them out.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Weeds Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here