landscaper-Parker, Littleton, Broomfield, Denver Area
20 May 2018

Spurge

Appearance:

  • Spurge is a summer annual weed that can be found in thnning, less vigorous, and stressed lawns.
  • They can be identified by the opposite leaf arrangement o the stems.
  • Spotted spurge has a reddish purple dot in the center of each leaf.

Problem:

  • When the stems are broken, a milky latex sap will exude. This can cause skin irritation to some individuals,
  • Plans can be pulled and bagged if soil is moist. Be sure to wear gloves to preventskin contact with the sap.

Solution Options:

  • Pre- emergent herbicides that control crabgrass and broadleaf weeds can be applied in the spring to help prevent the invasion of this pesky weed.
  • Post-emergent weed controls are not very effective due to the very slick or waxy leaf surfice.
  • Maintaining a thick, healthy lawn will discourage the invasion of this weed since it will naturally choke out the plants. Proper watering, fertilization, and mowing turf higher (2/1/2-3″) and other good cultural practices will help in the control of prostrate spurges.
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Ask Jennifer: Your Gardening Questions Answered

I would like to grow some “barometer plants” to use as an early warning system for my garden. What plants are first to respond to frost, first to bolt and first to wilt? Is this a waste of time? It’s not a waste of time, but I’m not sure you’d have to invest in any particular variety. I would use half-hardy annuals that are sensitive to frost, such as cosmos lobelia

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