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Common mallow

(More Lawn weeds)  (Lawn Control Options) 

Common mallow
Malva neglecta

mallow

General Description 

Lifecycle: annual or biennial
Growth habit: grows up to 1 ft. high, leaves alternate, rounded, palmately veined with toothed margins, on long petioles
Reproduction: reproduces by seed; flowers 5-petaled, pale lavender to white; button-like fruit similar to hollyhock
Conditions that favor growth: low maintenance turf areas, landscapes, and nursery crops

Management

Cultural control: Maintain healthy, dense turf that can compete and prevent weed establishment.
Mechanical control: Hand pulling or using an appropriate weeding tool are the primary means of mechanical weed control in lawns. This is a viable option at the beginning of an infestation and on young weeds. Hand pulling when the soil is moist makes the task easier. Weeds with tap roots like dandelions or have a basal rosette (leaves clustered close to the ground) like plantain are easier to pull than weeds such as Bermudagrass (wiregrass) or creeping Charlie (ground ivy) that spread with stolons or creeping stems that root along the ground.
General chemical control: (lawns) Spot treat weeds with a liquid, selective, postemergent, broadleaf weed killer applied when weeds are actively growing. Look for a product with one or more of the following active ingredients:
2, 4-DMCPP (mecoprop), Dicamba* or Triclopyr

*Do not spray herbicides containing dicamba over the root zone of trees and shrubs. Roots can absorb the product possibly causing plant damage. Read the product label for precautions. 

Organic control

For a glossary of herbicide terms and additional information see: control options     

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