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Weed-opedia: Parsley Piert

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Parsley Piert (Aphanes microcarpa)

What does it look like?:  A low-growing plant with inconspicuous green flowers.  Many stems, and the leaves have three lobes, and each lobe is subdivided into three or four smaller lobes.

What causes it?:  Closely mowed, nutrient-deficient lawns.

When does it show up?:  It is a winter annual that sprouts in cool weather, but blooms in spring.

Best treatment plan:  Thick, healthy turf is your best defense against this weed.  Hand-pulling helps whenever possible.  Chemically, a post-emergent herbicide applied diligently and most likely more than once, will work. Call a professional for a free quote.

How long will it take to get rid of it?:  If you are diligent and the infestation is not too bad, a year or two should do it.