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    Lawn Weed - Northern Virginia

    I'm struggling to identify an invasive, low-growing, woody stem small leaf weed that's growing in patches in my lawn. I've reached out to my extension agent, but haven't heard back. Does anyone know what this is (I'm thinking it's a spurge of some sort, but it doesn't have the characteristics described in the Weed ID tools I've visited). It's resistant to my normal lawn weed control products.
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    Im not sure what it is, but you might try crossbow if you haven't, won't harm the grass and most weeds don't like it
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    Try the VT Weed Id Site

    You can probably get the answer by using the Virginia Tech Weed Identification site: Weeds Identification App

    It's really helpful to have a sample of the weed in hand when using the site.

    By the way, I think I just sprayed 2,4,d on some of it in our pasture. I'll know in a few days if it likes 2,4,d. . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treefarmer View Post
    You can probably get the answer by using the Virginia Tech Weed Identification site: Weeds Identification App
    I tried VA Tech's WeedID tool and a few others before posting. No one seems to have this weed listed.

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    Unusual

    Quote Originally Posted by LeoC4 View Post
    I tried VA Tech's WeedID tool and a few others before posting. No one seems to have this weed listed.
    That's unusual as there are a lot of weeds on that site. I've sometimes had real problems narrowing it down to the right one but then had someone tell me the name and it was on the site.

    I'm pretty sure we have it in our pasture and hopefully it's not feeling good after the 2,4,d feeding.

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    I’m not sure what that weed is. I’ve seen it before though. If 2-4-d doesn’t kill it you might try Confront or Q4. The best 2-4-d product for woody plants that I’ve used is forefront.
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    We also have that much further South. It looks a lot like the Lespedesa shown on this site. Is that close?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RodW View Post
    ...It looks a lot like the Lespedesa...
    Thanks - that's what the extension agent suggested as well.
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    You need Dicamba on that. Plain 2-4d won't touch it. But the commonly available triples like Trimec also include dicamba. I would never buy just plain 2-4d. Buy something like Trimec or Horsepower which contains a three most common and effective broadleaf herbicides for lawns. That will take care of that crap and all the other broadleaf weeds.
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    I am always extra careful and avoid getting too close to trees with any product that contains dicamba. Part of it's effectiveness is because it is soil active. But because of that, it can also be absorbed by tree roots. I don't know how susceptible trees actually are to root absorption, but I would rather err on the side of caution.
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