You have a summer annual, which germinate in the spring and die in the fall. Because of the warm, sunny weather this year we are having a lot of summer annuals establishing early.

Your summer annual is black medic. Summer annuals are hard to control with herbicides because they grow very vigorous through the summer. I would suggest investing in some grass seed. Perennial ryegrass/fine fescue mixture. Apply the seed in September after the weed dies.

If you apply herbicides (3 way broadleaf herbicides - 2,4-D, MCPP and Dicamba) and get control of the weed, if you don't reseed with turf, the weeds will only return.

Remember the weed will naturally die in September, which is the optimum time to seed or establish turf.

Black medic is also an indicator that you are not applying enough fertilizer, for a quality lawn apply fertilizer 4 times annually (totaling 4 lbs N per 1,000 sq ft), otherwise weeds will dominate.

Use pesticides safely!

  • Wear protective clothing and safety devices as recommended on the label. Bathe or shower after each use.
  • Read the pesticide label—even if you’ve used the pesticide before. Follow closely the instructions on the label (and any other directions you have).
  • Be cautious when you apply pesticides. Know your legal responsibility as a pesticide applicator. You may be liable for injury or damage resulting from pesticide use.

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