How to Treat Lawn Burweed in Bermudagrass (S5E2)

Lawn Burweed is literally a pain in early Spring/Summer. Have you ever walked through some nice turf barefoot only to get little brown stickers in your feet? Yeah, that’s lawn burweed, a pesky winter weed that you start to notice in late January/February.

What is Lawn Burweed?

Lawn burweed is a low-growing, freely branched winter annual. It features opposite, sparsely hairy leaves that are twice divided into narrow segments or lobes. These leaves are approximately ½- to 1½-inches long and ¼- to ½-inch wide. In the spring, it produces small, inconspicuous flowers that are ¼ inch or less in width. If you encounter lawn burweed, it’s important to manage it to prevent it from spreading and competing with desirable grasses in your lawn. 🌱

Yes, the best thing to control the burweed is to prevent it from germinating. By following a strict pre-emergent program this should help drastically. Sometimes you may have areas where pre-emergent fails so your only option is to use a herbicide to kill the weeds.

Fertilome Weed Free Zone Details:

  • Controls over 80 broadleaf weeds including Clover, Spurge, Chickweed, Thistle, see label for more.
  • Safe on Kentucky Bluegrass, Bermudagrass, Bahiagrass, Zoysiagrass and more. See label for full list.
  • The rapid and effective weed killer provides evidence of injury within hours of application.
  • For best results spray when broadleaf weeds are young and actively growing. Spring, summer or fall.
  • Simply mix weed killer concentrate with water at suggested rate on label and spray lawn thoroughly.
Lawn Burweed

I chose to use the Fertilome Weed Free Zone mostly due to it’s active ingredients:

  • 2-4-D: (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) is an herbicide that kills plants by changing the way certain cells grow.
  • Dicamba: (3,6-dichloro-2-methoxybenzoic acid) is a selective systemic herbicide used to control annual and perennial broadleaf weeds. 
  • Mecoprop-p: (also known as methylchlorophenoxypropionic acid and MCPP) is a common general use herbicide found in many household weed killers and “weed-and-feed” type lawn fertilizers. It is primarily used to control broadleaf weeds. Mecoprop is often used in combination with other chemically related herbicides such as 2,4-D, dicamba, and MCPA. 

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