Sometimes referred to as Diodia hirsuta, Diodia tetragona or simply as Buttonweed, Virginia Buttonweed is a horizontally growing, creeping perennial weed that can be found in the southeastern United States and as far west as parts of Texas. Virginia Buttonweed thrives in wet, moist conditions and tolerates close mowing, thus is found mainly in turf.
Identifying Virginia Buttonweed -
Virginia Buttonweed typically grows horizontally, but can also grow as an ascending, spreading perennial. This perennial weed features young leaves with short hairs on the leaf margin, lacking petioles and connected across the stem by a membrane. Its stems are covered with gland tipped hairs and the center stipule is often thickened and thorn-like.
Virginia Buttonweed features flowers resembling fuzzy, four-pointed stars and reproduces by seed and plant segments.
Virginia Buttonweed Control -
A thick dense lawn is a key component in preventing invasive weeds. However, cultural weed prevention tactics are generally ineffective at controlling Virginia Buttonweed. The creeping perennial thrives in turfgrass environments and can tolerate close mowing, making the weed difficult to spot, let alone control. Furthermore, physical removal usually results in spreading additional seeds into your lawn.
Scotts LawnService recommends a selective systemic weed control program to fight Virginia Buttonweed in your lawn and landscaping, which ensures the herbicide is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all.
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