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Plant Identification: Strange weed that has overtaken my lawn in southern NH

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Nashua, NH

September 30, 2012
3:12 PM

Post #9291256

Good afternoon all,

I was wondering if you could all help me out. I have a very strange weed that has completely overtaken my lawn (approx. 3/4 of an acre here in southern New Hampshire). I'm not sure what it is, but, it completely chokes out my grass. Besides ripping out my lawn and re-seeding, are there any other options of getting rid of this weed, while keeping the healthy grass that is around? If anyone is familiar with this weed and has any information on how to completely get rid of it, I'm all ears. I have tried picking it out from the root source, using a broad leaf killer, etc. It just continues to come back, spread out and choke out the healthy grasses. This stuff also spreads into my plant beds as well. It's really a nuisance!

Thank you all for your help, I greatly appreciate it!! Image attached

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Groveland, FL

October 1, 2012
5:27 PM

Post #9292853

it could be a prostate spurge. usually freezing weather kills it. applying a preemergent herbicide in the spring will keep most of it in check.
Davis, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 5, 2012
12:36 PM

Post #9296718

I agree with nel5397. A prostrate spurge.
Sidney, OH
(Zone 6a)

October 5, 2012
1:43 PM

Post #9296755

You may also want to consider using Preen in your perennial beds in the early spring. Spurge throws out thousands of seeds, all of which seem to be viable, especially in dry soil.
San Francisco, CA

October 5, 2012
2:25 PM

Post #9296777

nel5397 wrote:it could be a prostate spurge ...

Yes, these only affect men - very hard to root out.
Municipality of Murr, PA

October 16, 2012
12:48 PM

Post #9307211

Vestia wrote:

Yes, these only affect men - very hard to root out.

Vestia, you almost made me spit all over my keyboard.
toronto, ON
(Zone 5a)

October 16, 2012
2:52 PM

Post #9307308

this plant is growing in my neighborhood in Toronto. The look like white flowers but they are variegated leaves. It seems they grow from seeds since most of the homes in that street has the same plant. But i have never seen this in garden centre. I would like to know the name and how it is propagated.

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Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 16, 2012
3:07 PM

Post #9307317

ashamathai - I think your plant is a Euphorbia, but I don't know which one. You should start a new thread rather than adding your mystery plant to a pre-existing thread. You will get more viewers that way and increase your chances of a staisfactory outcome.


Mackinaw, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 16, 2012
3:33 PM

Post #9307329

Vestia, you just made my day! Thanks for the laugh!


Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

October 16, 2012
4:59 PM

Post #9307412

Awesome, Vestia, awesome.

Gives a whole new definition to a PSA test...
San Francisco, CA

October 17, 2012
9:54 AM

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