Virginia buttonweed grows to around 7 inches long. It usually grows horizontally with stems that grow upward to two inches. Virginia buttonweed produces deep roots and is difficult to remove. Virginia buttonweed usually blooms into a small, white, star-shaped flower during June in Louisiana. After blooming, there Virginia buttonweed produces seeds.
How Does Virginia Buttonweed Spread?
Virginia buttonweed can grow in wet, swamp-like areas as well as well manicured lawns. It prefers wet areas, but can withstand dry spots for a time. It produces above ground seeds which float and can be transferred easily. Virginia buttonweed also produces an extensive root system. Its root system can produce new roots and rhizomes which lead to new, independent plants. Virginia buttonweed can also grow from cut stems. This means it can spread every time you cut your grass!
How To Get Rid of Virginia Buttonweed?
Selective herbicide control is your best option, aside from killing your existing yard with Glyphosate and restarting from scratch with sod. (DO NOT use Glyphosate on your turf unless you want your turf to die also.) Selective herbicides with some of the following active ingredients work to an extent: 2,4-D, MCPP, Dicambia.
The herbicide Image works better the earlier in the year you use it. So will Weed Stop for Lawns. Both Image and Weed Stop for Lawns should not be used when it is hotter than the specified temperature on their product label or your lawn will suffer damage. A product we use is Celsius by Bayer. It works very well, even in warm temperatures. All of the Virginia buttonweed herbicides that we have seen require a second application around 4 weeks after the initial treatment. This is due to how easily Virginia buttonweed reproduces. Virginia buttonweed is a challenge so remain patient.
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