How do I get rid of rattlesnake weed?

by Susan
  4 answers
  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Dec 11, 2018

    Any weeds you do not want can be eradicated with hot water and vinegar.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 11, 2018

    Mow your lawn every one to two weeks. Keeping the lawn short will helps to prevent rattlesnake weeds from gaining a foothold in your grass.

    Fertilize your lawn and add lime to keep the grass healthy and thick. A thick, vigorously growing lawn, combined with regular mowing, is your best defense against rattlesnake weed getting started in your yard.

    Dig out any rattlesnake weeds that are present in areas other than your lawn. You must be sure to dig down far enough to find and remove the tubers, or the weed will quickly pop up again.

    Apply a broadleaf herbicide to Florida betony that is growing outside of lawn areas. One that contains glyphosate is best. Be careful to shield other plants from the herbicide, as it will kill anything that it touches.

    Repeat the herbicide application in the spring and fall for two years. This is necessary because rattlesnake weed has an extensive network of roots and tubers and repeated application is the only way to be sure that you completely eradicate it.

  • Reenaroc Reenaroc on Dec 11, 2018

    Don't use any chemicals. They are killing all of us, not to mention bees, hummingbirds, butterflies etc. I agree with what Joy said, "Hot water and Vinegar". Don't get the vinegar close to your other flowers though. Rattlesnake is a beneficial herb that is good for a number of things besides snake bites. Are you sure you want to get rid of it? Also depriving light helps a lot. I put newspaper with bark mulch on top over some evasive vines and they are almost gone now. No chemicals needed. The roots eventually die when they can't get sun. Hope this helps.

  • 1401470 1401470 on Dec 12, 2018

    The best way to get rid of any weed is to dig it out. I know it's more work but if you can remove the roots you have less of a chance of them returning.