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Managing Spurge in the Landscape, Garden and Turf

Author: 
Young, Kelly
Publication Date: 
June 2012
Publication Number: 
AZ1572
Pages: 
3 pp.
Abstract or Description: 
Weedy spurges of the genus Chamaesyce are difficult to control due to their rapid life cycle and small seed size. Four species are common in managed Arizona landscapes and garden and include Chamaesyce albomarginata, a perennial species; C. prostrate, C. maculata and C. hyssopifolia which are annual species. Irrigation management, the use of coarse organic mulches and maintaining vigorously growing turf are cultural methods of managing spurges. Hand weeding and soil solarization are mechanical measures that can reduce spurge pressure. Judicious use of chemical herbicides are also useful tools in an integrated spurge management plan.
Language: 
English
Publisher: 
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Contributor: 
Entomology
Relation: 
How to Control Prostrate Spurge in Arizona
Keyword: 
Spurge
Euphorbiaceae
euphorbia
Chamaesyce
weed
management
ants
seeds
dermititis
herbicide
Type: 
Text
Subject Category: 
Gardening/Horticulture
Insects and Pest Management