Broadleaf Weed – Garden Spurge

(Chamaesyce hirta)

Garden Spurge, also commonly known as Pillpod Sandmat, is a warm season annual broadleaf weed. Thriving in dry and moist soils, Chamaesyce hirta can be found in grasslands, pastures and waste areas, as well as in cultivated areas, including lawns and gardens. Though most often found in the southern United States, Garden Spurge can also be found in Maryland, Michigan and New York.

Identifying Garden Spurge -

Garden Spurge has vertically growing to sprawling stems. The stems are very hairy, branched and are reddish-purple in color. Its leaves have unequal base and are also hairy.

When in bloom, Garden Spurge features hairy flowers occurring in tiny clusters at stem tip and from bases of leaves. Reproduction is by seed.

Garden Spurge Control -

Cultural weed control methods are largely ineffective against Garden Spurge. Good mowing habits fail to discourage this pest because it can grow horizontally, beneath the mowing height. Additionally, seed pods can contain as many as 3,000 seeds per plant that “explode” when they are mature, scattering them considerable distances throughout your lawn.

Garden Spurge

Scotts LawnService recommends a selective systemic weed control program to fight Garden Spurge in your lawn, 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 are comprised of highly trained, industry-certified professionals. Contact a representative today for Garden Spurge control options available in your area and to learn how you can enjoy a lush, thicker lawn that only Scotts LawnService can deliver.