Also called red sorrel, sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella), this perennial weed is common in lawns that have thinned out. It is low growing and produces greenish to brown flowers. Like many lawn weeds, it can thrive on compacted, low fertility soils.

 

As with most lawn weeds, the best control is to grow a healthy, vigorous turfgrass. A good layer of mulch such as shredded bark or wood chips will help manage weeds in the bed or border.

If cultural options do not provide enough control, several herbicides are also labeled for this weed, however, this one falls under the "difficult to control" lawn weeds and may be tough to eliminate.

 

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.

 

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