Sometimes referred to as Annual Lespedeza or Japanese-clover, Lespedeza is a summer annual weed that is often found in dry soils, frequently in turfgrasses. It can also be found in fields, pastures, river and roadsides, waste ground, and other disturbed areas. Lespedeza striata is found throughout most of the eastern half of the continental United States.
Identifying Lespedeza -
Lespedeza grows in a wiry, horizontal, freely-branched form. Its leaflets are smooth and palmately trifoliolate, featuring a prominent midvein. Lespedeza also features many prominent parallel veins that grow nearly perpendicular to the midvein.
In bloom, Lespedeza produces small, pinkish-purple to white flowers that are approximately 4-8mm in length. Reproduction is by seed.
Lespedeza Control -
Proper cultural practices, such as proper mowing and watering, can help to prevent Lespedeza 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 Lespedeza in your lawn, which ensures the herbicide is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all.
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