Problem: Spotted Spurge (Hardscapes)
Spurge, also called prostrate spurge or milk purslane, thrives in most soils. It is often found in lawns, shrub beds, and cracks in walkways and driveways. The low-growing plant can form dense mats up to 2 feet across. Leaves are oval and pale to dark green with a purple smudge. When broken, the slender stems ooze a milky white sap that may irritate the skin. Small pinkish-white flowers bloom and produce seeds from May to October. Many of the seeds remain dormant over the winter and sprout the following spring. Some sprout immediately.
These shallow-rooted plants can be hand-pulled or hoed. Keep the lawn well watered to discourage spurge from invading dry areas.