Creeping cinquefoil is a creeping perennial weed also known as European cinquefoil and Creeping tormentil. It is rarely troublesome on managed turf. It is usually confined to utility lawns that receive minimum attention. It spreads by long creeping runners, rooting at intervals.
The palmate leaves are divided into 5 leaflets with toothed edges. They are similar to strawberry leaves, only cinquefoil are somewhat narrower.
The bright yellow flowers are similar to those of silverweed, with each flower having 5 petals. However, the petals are heart shaped on creeping cinquefoil. The flowers bloom between June and October.
Creeping cinquefoil is often found in neglected areas, especially where the soil is dry and undernourished.
- Hand weeding can be effective for a few plants.
- Encourage a healthy sward of grass with good lawn care practices, such as regular feeding, aeration etc to prevent weeds from encroaching into the turf.
- Raking the weed into an upright position prior to mowing, will help weaken it.
Creeping cinquefoil is moderately resistant to many selective herbicides. In most cases two applications (about 6 weeks apart) will be required for effective control.
Creeping cinquefoil images
Recommended herbicides for the control of creeping cinquefoil
Professional products (All operators must be trained and certificated in using and applying any Ministry Approved professional product)
- ICL Enforcer (2,4-D, Dicamba, Mecoprop-p, MCPA)
- ICL Praxys (Fluroxypyr, Clopyralid, Florasulam)
- ICL Esteron (2,4-D, Furosulam)
- Barclay Holster (Fluroxypyr, 2,4-D, Dicamaba)
- Headland Quickfire (Mecoprop-p, Dicamaba)
- Headland Blaster (Triclopyr, Clopyralid)
- Headland Cabadex (Flurosulam, Fluroxypyr)
- Hygrass-P (Dicamba, Mecoprop-p)
- Hysward-P (Mecoprop-p, Dicamba, MCPA)
- Bayer Longbow (MCPA, Dicamba, Mecoprop-p)
- Mascot Junction Turf (Flurosulam, 2,4-D)
- Mascot Greenor (Fluroxpyr, Clopyralid, MCPA)
- Mascot Crossbar (Fluroxpyr, 2,4-D, Dicamaba)
Products available for non-professional use (These products are available from garden centres and DIY stores and do not require any training or certification for use and application.)
- Weedol Concentrate (Fluroxypyr, Clopyralid, MCPA)
- Vitax lawn Clear (Clopyralid, 2,4-D, MCPA)
- Resolva Lawn Weed Killer (Mecoprop-p, Dicamba)
Tips for successful weed control using selective herbicides
- Treat weeds when growth is strong, this is usually in May and June.
- Don’t mow the lawn 3 days prior and 3 days after the treatment, to allow for maximum uptake of the chemical.
- Spray when the leaf/foliage is dry, as this reduces runoff and allows the chemical to stick to the weed.