How To Kill Baby's Tears
(Soleirolia soleirolii , syn. Helxine soleirolii)
Baby's Tears (also known to as angel's tears, mind-your-own-business or Irish moss) are a semi-evergreen invasive perennial and often found as unwanted low-growing ground cover in moist shady areas or in full sun. Visually it appears as a dense green mat, growing 2-4 inches high and spreading rapidly using pink thread-like stems
It was originally introduced as an ornamental plant from Corsica and in the right place does offer excellent ground cover and often does well grown indoors.
But more often than not this is an unwanted invader mobbing low lying plants, rifling through your flowerbeds or spreading like wildfire through your cherished lawn. It can be very difficult to remove. Even after a hard frosts it springs back to life come next spring.
How to kill it
Persistence. You must be persistent if wanting to eradicate this weed/plant as even the tiniest piece missed will come back.
It is resistant to selective weedkillers so if you've got a case in your lawn first try raking it out (but be careful not to spread it to other unaffected areas in the process).
Once you have removed all visible trace feed the grass allowing it to grow more densely to help it beat off the Baby's Tears. In other areas a total weedkiller like Glyphosate (Easy Gone Weed and Grass Killer or Roundup) will remove it, or it may even be necessary to kill a patch in the lawn and re-sow when the mind-your-own-business has gone.
If it's out of control in other areas of your garden you will need to be strategic and precise in your actions.
To eradicate any Baby's Tears creeping into the flowerbed for example, aim the sprayer nozzle through a small plastic cola bottle that has the bottom cut off, thus contacting only the Baby's Tears and not allowing the spray to contact desirable plants.
James Hamilton, a staff writer for GardernersHelp.com, is an experienced gardener who has enjoyed the rewards and pleasures of a heathy outdoor existence for many years.
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