Silverweed [Potentilla anserina]
Silverweed is a low growing perennial weed similar in appearance to creeping cinquefoil. It is common on waste areas, roadside verges and grassland.
Silverweed spreads aggressively by creeping runners known as stolons, rooting at intervals to form new plants.
The pinnate leaves have multiple leaflets which are heavily toothed. The leaves are coverd with fine hairs on the underside which give off a silvery appearnace hence the name of the weed.
The yellow flowers have 5 petals and can be seen between May and August.
Silverweed will grow in a range of soil types and is most common on neglected lawns.
Encourage a healthy lawn with good turfcare practices to discouarge this weed. Regular scarifying or raking will help to weaken silverweed.
If chemicals are needed, choose a selective weed herbicide that will control of silverweed. A repeat application maybe required 6 weeks later.
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.