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.