How to Get Rid of Dichondra

Does the sight of Dichondra Micrantha fluttering in your lawn frustrate you too? Because if that’s the case, then we’re on the same page.
But what exactly are these green-whitish little plants? Let’s find out.

Dichondra
Dichondra Micrantha / pixabay.com

Dichondra is a 1-3 inches long broadleaf perennial and establishes roots at the joints. Its leaf’s shape is like that of a kidney or a quarter circle, while others seem to be twirling around their stalk. People around the world use Dichondra either as a ground cover or for decoration purposes. Nevertheless, there are always people around who don’t go with what others like, and the same is the case here. Most landowners can’t bear a Dichondra fostering and mushrooming in their lawn.

Luckily, Dichondra can be removed thoroughly and can be done so easily. There isn’t any permanent solution to get rid of Dichondra, and perhaps you might have to do everything all over again, but for getting rid of Dichondra, it’s worth it.

Below is a guide that explains all the steps you need to perform not to see Dichondra again.

Distinguishment

If you’re a person with sharp eyesight, then this step would be a piece of cake for you. As wrong identification and its treatment can do more damage than no treatment at all.

When looking for a Dichondra, search for low-lying, small, usually green or other times white leaves. They grow in places where the grass is not well-maintained. From the top angle, it looks like a crammed carpet and spreads fast.

Do not confuse the appearance of Dichondra to dollarweed. Though similar, but the latter can bear up to a variety of soils and temperatures and spread across the entire lawn, whereas the former keeps to certain dilapidated spots only.

Treatment

Once confirmed that the weed in your lawn is Dichondra, then gear up for the next step, i.e., removing it. There are two well-known methods of getting rid of Dichondra.

  • Manual Elimination
  • Herbicide

Manual Elimination

Manual elimination is not easy, but it is the preferred method as in this way, there are no chances of damaging your lawn. But this option is choosable only for the people who are either patient or have a small lawn.

Before getting on with the elimination process, remember to wear gloves and a dress covering full arms and legs whether the plant has sharp leaves or not. For your ease, water the mulch an hour before beginning the removal. This will soften the grass and quicken up your work.

From the base of Dichondra, hold it firmly and shake as hard as you can. Once loosened, pull the plant out and make no remnants of its roots are left. Throw the plant and its remains far away from the garden bed.

Herbicide

For people with spacious lawns and no patience or time to deal with weeds manually, this is the solution to your problem. Some of the fast-acting, effective herbicides for Dichondra include Scotts, Ortho, etc.

I have already written about herbicides. You can read more by clicking on the link.

If a second application is necessary, wait for 2 to 4 weeks first, and then during the application, spray the product at spots of Dichondra carefully so that it doesn’t burn the grass.

Remember to wear protective clothing and masks. And breathe as little as possible around the herbicide to not become a victim of any respiratory problems.

FAQ

Is Dichondra a weed?

Yes, Dichondra is a perennial plant and tends to act as a weed in most lawns. Most people keep Dichondra in their garden as ground cover owing to its special characteristic of spreading everywhere like a dense mat. In some states, it is also known as Asian ponysfoot or kidney weed.

How deep are Dichondra roots?

A Dichondra's roots can go up to be 1-3 inches. They spread swiftly and foster like a turf carpet.

Is Dichondra poisonous to cats and dogs?

Dichondra is not poisonous if eaten, but your pet may undergo diarrhea or begin vomiting owing to the rough surface of the plant. A Dichondra can cause dermatitis if it comes in contact with skin. In such a case, immediately wash the area in contact gently, and to prevent further damage, remove the plant's sap.

Can Dichondra be grown indoors?

Yes, a Dichondra can thoroughly be grown indoors. It adds a factor of uniqueness to your home. Also, Dichondra usually thrives in moderate to dry environment. So, no matter how hot or cold, for Dichondra, it's not an issue.

Can Dichondra grow in full sun?

Yes. A Dichondra requires full sun to develop thoroughly. In fact, without full sun, the Dichondra won't fully bloom.

Can Dichondra grow in sand?

YES!! Dichondra is a sand-loving funny little plant and thrives rapidly in the sand.

How does Dichondra spread?

A Dichondra germinates by soaking sunlight all day long. If you cover the Dichondra, there are chances that its stem will not grow to its full extent or have some defects due to insufficient sunlight intake. For a Dichondra to grow, you just need to sow it in the soil and let it make contact with it.

Will Atrazine kill Dichondra?

If you have St. Augustine as your grass, Atrazine Weed Killer will prove to be absolutely effective in eliminating Dichondra from your lawn.

Will vinegar kill Dichondra?

Yes, vinegar can terminate Dichondra. But usage of a vinegar solution requires great caution as vinegar will kill other plants and grass that come in contact with it too. To avoid this, spray or pour vinegar directly upon the desired plant. And make sure not to let your grass encounter vinegar.

Conclusion

For some, Dichondra is a way to decorate their lawn, while for others, it’s a symbol of a nuisance. Dichondra is easy enough to get rid of but requires effort and patience. You can either remove it manually or use an herbicide.
However, please remember that you will have to repeat the entire eliminating process seasonally to behold no sight of Dichondra dancing in your garden.

Nicolas Wayne

Gardening and lawn care enthusiast

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