Managing Oxalis Weeds: How To Get Rid Of Oxalis Weeds In The Lawn

by johnah on October 29, 2020

Oxalis Weeds are not native to Bermuda. They were introduced from Europe or Asia. Some of them have been growing here for years and they are very difficult to eradicate because they grow fast and spread easily. You will need a professional weed eater to remove these weeds quickly, but it is possible if you take some simple steps first.

How Do I Kill Oxalis Weeds?

There are several methods to kill oxalis weeds. There is no one method that works best for all types of oxalis weeds. The best way to eliminate oxalis is by using a chemical herbicide. Chemical herbicides work well when used properly and only on certain kinds of oxalis weeds. If you use too much or apply too late, then the chemicals may cause damage to your lawn instead of killing the weed effectively.

The most effective way to kill oxalis is by using a mechanical method. Mechanical methods include hand pulling, tractor pull, and even blowing the weeds up with compressed air.

These methods are less expensive than chemical ones and can be done at any time of year. However, they require more effort and are slower than manual removal.

Managing oxalis weeds is vital to making your lawn look its best and staying healthy. You should remove all the oxalis you can find, paying special attention to the patches that are already sprouting.

Then, it is time to decide whether you want to use a mechanical or chemical method. Both have their benefits and side effects so choose the one that works best for your lawn.

What is the Best Way to Kill an Oxalis Weed?

There are several ways to kill oxalis weeds. The two most common are using a chemical herbicide and using a lawn mower. There are also ways to remove them manually, although these methods are very time consuming and often not as effective.

Using a Chemical Herbicide: Using a chemical herbicide is one of the fastest ways to kill off an oxalis weed patch. There are several different herbicides available at home improvement stores that will kill oxalis, however, it’s important to read the labels before purchasing any product because not all of them will work on the same types.

It is very important to make sure you are spraying the herbicide on the weeds and not the lawn grass as well.

Using a lawn mower: Using a lawn mower to kill oxalis weeds works by simply running over them with the mower and cutting them down. This is only effective for small patches between 1 and 3 feet in diameter.

Manual Removal: Manual removal of oxalis weeds can be very time consuming, but it does eliminate the risk of damaging your grass with chemicals or mechanical action. To do this you will need some old towels, paper towels, or rags.

Put some gloves on and then grab the towels one by one and pull up the oxalis.

What are the Advantages of Using a Chemical to Kill an Oxalis Weed Patch?

Using a chemical to kill off an oxalis weed patch has several advantages. It is very fast, requiring as little as one application to kill all the weeds if done correctly. It is also fairly easy.

What are the Disadvantages of Using a Chemical to Kill an Oxalis Weed Patch?

Using a chemical to kill off an oxalis weed patch does have a couple disadvantages. The main one is that you have to be careful what chemical you select. Some can cause damage to your lawn, others may not kill the weeds at all. Choosing the wrong chemical can be a huge hassle and a waste of time.

What are the Advantages of Using a Lawn Mower to Kill an Oxalis Weed Patch?

Using a lawn mower to kill an oxalis weed patch has several advantages. It is quick, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time doing it, it also allows you to reach areas that might be hard for you to get to with a herbicide or a rag.

What are the Disadvantages of Using a Lawn Mower to Kill an Oxalis Weed Patch?

It has quite a few disadvantages. The primary one is that it really only works on patches that are no bigger than 3 feet in diameter. Anything bigger than that and you would have to spend more than one session mowing the entire area, which takes more time than using herbicide. It also does damage the lawn around the patch as well.

What is the Difference Between Oxalis Artenacea and Common Woodsorrel?

Common woodsorrel is a type of oxalis (wood sorrel) that grows in different parts of the world other than North America. The plant still looks the same and has the same general properties. It’s just known by a different name.

How to Remove an Oxalis Weed Patch

Now that you know more about oxalis weeds and how to kill them, you can get started removing your oxalis weed patch. Here are the instructions to removing oxalis plants.


Take all children and pets from the area if possible and make sure no one enters while you are spraying.

Sources & references used in this article:

A review of the biology and control of selected weed species in the genus Oxalis: O. stricta L., O. latifolia HBK and O. pes-caprae L. by G Marshall – Crop Protection, 1987 – Elsevier

Distribution of Flower Morphs, Ploidy Level and Sexual Reproduction of the Invasive Weed Oxalis pes-caprae in the Western Area of the Mediterranean … by S Castro, J Loureiro, C Santos, M Ater… – Annals of …, 2007 –

Herbicide for dichondra lawns by CA Monoogian – US Patent 2,898,206, 1959 – Google Patents

Early postemergence control of yellow woodsorrel (Oxalis stricta) with residual herbicides by SC Marble, CH Gilliam, GR Wehtje, M Samuel-Foo – Weed Technology, 2013 – BioOne

Allelopathic activity of the Oxalis europea L. extracts on the growth of eight test plant species by F Zaman, S Islam, H Kato-Noguchi – Research on Crops, 2018 –



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