Broadleaf Weed – Field Madder

(Sherardia arvensis)

Also commonly known as Blue Field Madder, Field Madder is a winter annual broadleaf weed that ranges from the Piedmont region in the southern United States as far west as Texas. Field Madder thrives in residential lawns and along roadsides and ditches, as well as in other waste areas. This winter annual can also grow in thinned-out turf in lawns receiving little or no landscaping maintenance.      

Identifying Field Madder -

Field Madder is a low-growing weed with square stems. Its low growth profile typically forms mats which weave into turfgrass. Field Madder typically produces four to six elliptical leaves per node with sharply-pointed tips. These leaves grow in a whorled pattern around the stem.

Field madder reproduces by seeds, which are produced in pink to light-purplish flowers forming at the tip of the stem.

Field Madder Control -

Field Madder is difficult to control via cultural methods because it grows relatively low to the ground in mats, interwoven with turfgrass. Although low mowing can prevent flowers from forming and, therefore, prevent the weed from spreading in your lawn, selective weed control methods are most effective.

Field Madder

Scotts LawnService uses a selective systemic weed control program to fight Field Madder in your lawn and landscaping, which ensures the herbicide is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all. 

Scotts LawnService is the trusted industry leader for professional quality lawn care. Our exclusive lawn care products include premium grass seeds and professional-grade fertilizers; our lawn service teams consist of highly trained, industry-certified professionals. Contact a representative today for Field Madder control options available in your area and to learn how you can enjoy a lush, thicker lawn that only Scotts LawnService can deliver.