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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:53 pm 
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Can anyone tell me what this is? I am sure it is something very typical. It is taking over yard.

It shows up in the spring and kinda dies in the summer but not completely. I want to find a way to get rid of it if possible.

Thanks for your help.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:36 am 
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I am also looking for what this is...


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:47 am 
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I have spent time looking through a couple of university websites (literally hours) at photos and examples and haven't found anything exactly like this.

I keep thinking it is something typical for the Fort Worth area. I have lived in my home for 17 years and it showed up about 7-8 years ago. Although I have St Augustine close to the house and under the tree where shaded, this seems to be prevalent mainly among the bermuda.

I think it can be crowded out but I just don't know what I am dealing with and it now occupies a good 10' x 8' area.

It is green all winter and kind of dies out in the summer.

I hope someone can identify it for us.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:23 am 
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same here for the bermuda and the taking over. Its like it won't go into the ST Aug. I linked this topic to another topic I posted in Lawn care so we will see. I bet its similar to White clover.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:37 am 
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Although the stems can reach 8-10 inches, I have been wondering if it is a type of clover.

Thanks for adding this to another thread.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:47 am 
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I found it!

Here's a link to what I found: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/WEEDS/henbit.html

Scientific name: Lamium amplexicaule (Mint Family: Lamiaceae)

Henbit: Henbit is a winter annual broadleaf weed with square stems and opposite leaves. Cotyledons (seed leaves) have hairy stalks and are smooth, oval to nearly round, with a round to sharply lobed base and a truncate to slightly indented tip.
The first and subsequent leaves are somewhat hairy, on hairy stalks, and are broadly oval with a lobed base, depressed veins, and rounded margin teeth. On mature plants, lower leaves are attached to leaves by short stalks are stalkless, while upper leaves are are stalkless and encircle the stem.
Slender, tubular, two-lipped flowers, 1/2 to 3/4 inch (13 - 19 mm) long, are arranged in whorls between the stem and the upper leaves. Flowers have a reddish or purplish color. Plants produce triangular seeds.

NOW... on to find a remedy.

More info.... http://www.gardenguides.com/853-henbit-weed.html


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my-lawn-is-infested-with-henbit-weed-t7636.html

This is on this forum...The best way is to pull it by hand...I have tried with some but it came back...let me know if you get any other results but after the snow clears I will try to pull what I have.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:14 pm 
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I to have this in my yard and have found out that it is easyier to pull out by hand if you let it flower and then pull it out by hand.


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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 8:57 am 
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Just mow it down. It an annual thing and won't live much past May.


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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 7:09 am 
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it will die out when it warms up.

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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 12:26 pm 
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Hi!

Oh boy, is it henbit. Henbit was vanquished from our yard by pulling the plant (it's really easy to pull) to prevent reseeding and by applying corn gluten meal. When I didn't apply corn gluten meal when I was first fighting it, it grew all over the place! When I applied it, it disappeared!


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I think we have this also, but just one quick question. Ours is full of little sticker-burs! Not like the sand burs that we called real stickers as kids, these are the flat kind that just make walking in the yard uncomfortable. It also appears to be some sort of "clover". My husband has been pulling it for years, but it just seems to be getting worse. It doesn't seem to go into the areas where we have established st.augustine, only in the bermuda. Please help, this stuff is taking over.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:33 am 
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Hi Ramona. I almost did not find your message buried at the end of this thread. You might want to post a new message to get better responses.

Generally the better your soil the fewer stickers you get. Water deeply and infrequently, mow at the mower's highest setting for St Aug and lowest setting for bermuda, and fertilize with organics once a month until the weeds go away. Then you can back off to just fertilizing on the federal holidays (Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving).

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:12 pm 
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Fertilizing 5 times/year? :shock: Doesn't really make selling the organic approach too "easy". Isn't twice/yr (Spring and Fall) sufficient. That plus we're told that we are "fertilizing" (that is returning nutrients to the soil) every week when we mow/mulch leaving the grass clippings on the lawn?

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It depends on your approach to your lawn. Some "hobbiests" I know fertilize heavily every month with soy bean meal. Some do as you suggest and fertilize twice. I picked those dates because my lawn turns yellow if I don't. I suppose I could apply a lot more than 10 pounds per 1,000 and do it less frequently, but that's how I do it. It is still easy because I don't have to worry about burning because of over applying, watering it in (or not), applying right before/after a rain storm, or summer heat. When you eliminate all those hassles, it becomes less stressful. Perhaps easy is not the best word to use.

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