Weed Problem

Question From: 
Derek Hauwert in  Vincentia,  Vincentia NSW


Nature of problem: 
I have a weed that is spreading on my lawn that I cannot distinguish online and would like to know of a spray that will kill it/them but not my palmetto buffalo lawn.


Type of Plant (if known): 


Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself): 


Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type: 
topsoil turf on top of clay


How often do you water the plant:


How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
full sunlight


What type of plant is it:


How long since you planted it:
i didn’t


Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
lawn fertilizer


Is the plant indoors or outdoors: 


Is the plant in a pot or in the ground: 


What other treatments have you given the plant: 
Buffalo weed killer

Upload photo if available: 

Other Comments: 
Please help me identify this weed and what products are needed to rid it from my lawn.


Answer:Hi Derek,   Thanks for the photo, it made all the difference. The issue is correct maintenance. Note the dead grass underneath the top green bits – this dead layer is what is allowing the weeds to grow. I suspect that drying out may be an issue plus the spray that you used. SO go back to basics, get the grass growing well and your problem will disappear. Get a steak knife and use it to cut just under the crown of each rosette of grass and remove them all. This is both quick & easy. Then fertilise with Scotts Lawn Builder (with added wetting agent) slow release lawn food. Then water once with a week with a metal rose or capital sprinkler.   Don