The Battle Against Dollarweed – It’s A Florida Thing

This post brought to you by Scotts Turf Builder. All opinions are 100% mine.

The grass is always greener… in Florida. Here it is February, and as I look outside I see a sprawling lawn of green grass — well, mostly green. Our two frosts this season just barely browned the grass. It’s not a lush spring green, but for winter this green lawn is a beautiful sight. (Sorry to make all of you northern folks jealous.) 

It’s one of the things I love most about living in Florida — green grass, green trees and blue skies. They just make me happy. 

Green Florida Grass

But you know what doesn’t make me happy? Dollarweed. Dollarweed and clover. In my 10 years as a home and lawn owner, I quickly came to terms with the fact that a lawn full of beautiful green grass doesn’t happen on its own. Nope. A lawn left to its own devices will quickly be over run with weeds — especially the dreaded dollarweed and its pal clover. 

Like most weeds, one small patch can take over your yard very quickly, and once the rainy season starts — it is nearly impossible to control an infestation. Because of course, there is a balance, too much weed killer and bye-bye green grass too. 

What is dollarweed? See those round leaves, that is dollarweed. I already have a small patch of it growing in my back yard, not a good sign for spring.

Dollarweed Florida Grass

But Scotts Turf Builder has a new and improved product specially designed to kill and control dollarweed, clover and 50 other weeds while feeding and strengthening the grass. The new Bonus S is made for Florida lawns and is safe for use on St. Augustinegrass (like mine), bermudagrass, centipedegrass, zoysiagrass, seashore paspaulum and buffalograss. Bonus S will be available this spring in two Florida test markets — Jacksonville and Fort Myers.

Scotts Turf Builder Bonus S

This spring I’ll be testing Bonus S on my lawn, and I hope to control the dollarweed and growing clover problem. I will let you know how it goes in a couple of months. Wish me luck.

In the mean time, enjoy this cute commercial about Scotts Bonus S — coming soon.

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42 thoughts on “The Battle Against Dollarweed – It’s A Florida Thing”

  1. I’m so glad you showed what dollarweed looked like. I’ve read a ton of posts about it being bad but I had no idea what it was. Scotts is far and away the best lawn treatment product available. I’m glad they’ve got one targeted to your area now!

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  2. First.. I want to smack you!! I am in Minnesota, nothing green here except my envy!! πŸ˜‰

    Second, never heard of that dollarweed before. Strange.

    Third, I will be in Florida in a few weeks, I need your address so I can come smack you!! LOL

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  3. Your post makes me want to move back to FL so much. I’m pretty sure our home had dollarweed, I’d have to ask my husband as he was the lawn guy lol. Hope you get this taken care of

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  4. Oh I love seeing the green grass. Being in Chicago that is such a beautiful sight this time of year. Although we have had so much snow this year that my lawn will be crazy green should it ever decide to melt.

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  5. Love that this helps with clover too. Growing up our huge yard was full of clover and it had to almost constantly be mowed to keep the flowers at bay, which meant we had a lot of bees. Since I loved to wear sandals, I got lots of stings!

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  6. We rent so we dont have to worry about our lawn. It’s not perfect but better than what my parents have….ALL WEEDS!!! They have 4 acres and the house set for quite sometime before my parents bought it. My dad has tried stuff to clear up all the weeds but he was fighting a losing battle so he just gave us. lol Now they are only worried about clearing out the poison in the front yard where the trees are and the “tar babies” that fall and stick to EVERYTHING!

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  7. I put out one application of winter weed and feed and I still have the violets and other weeks overtaking our yard. Its probably too late for a second application. During the summer months, we use weed and feed to get rid of the weeds. Works like a charm, it usually needs two to three applications to get rid of them.

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  8. There is one weed that does not deserve scorn or elimination- the humble Dandelion. Known as the sailor’s weed for a good reason- the young leaves are packed with vitamins and a small amount of vitamin C to ward off scurvy. The Dandelion bud before it opens is sweet, tender and quite delicious in an omelet.

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  9. I dont think we have this weed either – we have 4 – 5 feet high snow drifts – not really thinking about grass right now

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  10. I’m a little further north than you, and my lawns problems is dandelions and different types of grass growing in the same yard. I’m also going to check out the Scotts Turf builder for southern lawns.

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  11. Looking at the picture of dollarweed that you posted in this article looks like zoysa, which I hate!

    The stuff is invasive, and browns here during the cold weather.

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  12. I have never seen this in our grass before, are grass always suffers from it being so hot though and it gets so dry. Your grass looks amazing!

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  13. I’ve always wanted to try Scotts Turf Builder for the weeds that come up in my Georgia lawn. I’ve never seen Dollar Weed, but we do have the clover. My worst problem is Johnson Grass. It’s like a weed to me, although it looks like a wild grass stalk and boy is it hard to get out of the ground! My strong husband hates it too. We need to check out Scotts products. Thanks for the informative and interesting post!

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  14. Yes, you’re right! The dollarweed is not very attractive. Good luck taking control and getting rid of these weed. I hope you get the beautiful, lush green lawn you are looking for.

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  15. So THAT’S what that is in the back yard!!! I read your whole post only to be disappointed that it’s not going to be available in the Tampa Bay area. That’s not fair!

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  16. You would hate to have me as a neighbor–I actually like clover. I’m not familiar with dollarweed, though. From your description, it sounds really invasive. Good luck with your lawn.

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  17. Thank you for this information, I never knew what that weed was called, but it also grows in southern areas. We have chickweed here in Oklahoma and it along with Bermuda grass and Johnson Grass are real pain, my hubby reported he has used Scotts in the past and it works great, just hard to determine where to use it when you have 5 acres. So we normally just use it around the house, now we are working on sand spurs which are horrible.

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  18. I am in Georgia…is there a better time to use the Scott-S for centipede? I have centipede….. Does it matter when I rid my yard of clover and dollar weed?

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    • Unfortunately, I have no experience with centipede grass. We have St Augustine grass here in FL. But as far as when, I use it whenever it comes. (I am not an expert gardener, just a mom who likes her green grass.) Usually, we have the biggest issue with it in the spring it seems. But if you have clovers and dollar weed now, I would try it. Good luck!

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