What does Creeping Oxalis look like and how to control it?
Another member of the large family of oxalis species, this form differs from the others in that it does not produce underground bulbs and spreads rapidly by means of stolons that simply root into the surrounding soil. It spreads quickly not only by stolons, but also by explosive seed dispersal enabling it to colonise lawns, garden beds and all potted plants.
Recognising creeping oxalis weed
Creeping oxalis has small, trifoliate leaves similar to many other members of the oxalis tribe, yet is distinguished by its capacity to quickly run along the surface of the soil and produce roots at each leaf node. Flowers are usually small and yellow in colour.
How to control creeping oxalis in lawns and gardens
Control of creeping oxalis can be difficult as each and every piece of stem left behind will survive to re-grow a new plant. Careful, physical removal of plants from pots is a better option that using chemical sprays in and around special plants, yet applications of registered herbicides in amongst lawns at the beginning of the growing season of spring is often the best approach.
Control creeping oxalis by spraying with Searles Lawn Perfect.
Note: If you have creeping oxalis in Buffalo (except ST varieties), Paspalum or rye grass lawns, Searles Buffalo Master is a safe treatment to use.
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If you have creeping oxalis in Buffalo (except ST varieties), Paspalum or rye grass lawns, Searles Buffalo Master is a safe treatment to use.