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Spurge: The Inconspicuous Weed That Can Ruin Your Lawn

SpurgeThe weed known as Spurge grows faster than any other weed in Cleveland and Columbus lawns, and is also the hardest to spot and control. Today's blog will focus on this creeping weed known as how you can spot it, and more importantly treat it before it ruins your lawn.

What is Spurge?

Spurge is a creeping weed that is classified as a prostrate. These weeds have a fibrous root system that spreads below the surface that allows the weed to spread horizontally. The roots of the weed can grow up to two feet deep.

How Can I Tell Spurge Apart From Similar Weeds?

Spurge is sometimes hard to distinguish from another less aggressive weed known as knotweed. While both weeds have purple stems, Spurge is easily recognizable by it's milky-fluid when breaking the stem of the plant. 

spurge milk

When Does it Grow?

Spurge is technically a warm season weed, however it grows a lot longer than almost every other weed in Cleveland and Columbus. Typically seen at the beginning of May, Spurge will grow through the middle to end of October. Spurge is also notorious for being a large seed producer, spreading thousands of seeds throughout the season.

How Can I Control It?

Spurge is very difficult to control due to it's complex root system and the fact that it embeds itself in your lawn. Because it grows incognito; it's often hard to spot until it becomes a serious problem. The typical treatment for spurge is dicamba combination, ticlopyr, or glyphosate. It's always recommended that a trained, licensed technician treats this weed due to the fact that it is so difficult to control. 

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Shaun Kanary   has been a part of the Green Industry for the past 15 years. As the Director of Marketing for Weed Pro Lawn Care, a Cleveland and Columbus Lawn Care Service Provider, Shaun is a regular contributor to the Weed Pro Blog, and other industry magazine and blogs. 

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