Creeping Cinquefoil [Potentilla reptans]
Creeping cinquefoil a perennial weed and is more common on neglected areas such as woodland, roadside verges and hedgerows. It is rarely a problem on well maintained lawns and turf.
Creeping cinquefoil spreads aggressively by creeping runners which root at intervals, forming new plants.
The strawberry like leaves have five leaflets which are heavily toothed. Creeping cinquefoil is often confused with silverweed because of the similarity of the leaves.
The yellow flowers have 5 heart shaped petals and can be seen between June and September.
Creeping cinquefoil can tolerate most soil types.
Hand weeding maybe possible for a small number of plants. Once it has become widespread it will become difficult to remove by hand.
Encourage a healthy lawn with good lawn care practices such as scarifying, aeration, correct feeding program and regular mowing to help prevent and discourage weeds.
If chemicals are needed, choose a selective weed killer that will give good control of creeping cinquefoil. Apply again 6 weeks later if necessary.
When using chemicals on the lawn or anywhere else always wear the correct protective equipment and clothing. Always read the product label and follow the manufacturers health & safety recommendations and application guidelines.
For more information on the application of selective herbicide's please visit our Lawn Weeds page.