Catchweed Bedstraw – also referred to as Cleavers, Bedstraw, Catchweed, Goosegrass, Scratch-grass and Grip-grass – is a summer or winter annual broadleaf weed. Galium aparine occurs in natural and disturbed habitats, including woodlands, thickets, meadows, flower beds, along fence rows, ditches and the edges of dumps and waste areas. Catchweed Bedstraw can be found throughout much of the eastern and midwestern United States.
Identifying Catchweed Bedstraw -
Catchweed Bedstraw (Cleavers) is a summer or winter annual that is often found attached to or climbing over other vegetation. Its stems, leaves, and fruit have short, prickly hairs allowing the weed to cling to other plants. “Cleavers” stems are square, featuring four ridges. Its upper leaf surfaces are hairy while the lower surfaces have short spiny hairs along the midrib. “Cleavers” also has a branched and shallow fibrous root system.
Catchweed Bedstraw features small, white flowers that have four petals with pointed tips. Catchweed Bedstraw is in bloom from for 1-2 months from late spring to mid-summer. Reproduction is by seeds.
Catchweed Bedstraw Control -
Proper cultural practices, such as proper mowing and watering, can help to prevent Catchweed Bedstraw by creating dense turf, which inhibits the weed’s ability to grow. Physical removal (i.e. “weed pulling”) can be effective, although you will run the risk of spreading the seeds to additional areas of your lawn and landscaping.
Scotts LawnService uses a selective systemic weed control program to fight Catchweed Bedstraw in your lawn, which ensures the herbicide is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all.
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