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Q: How can I get rid of bugleweed on my lawn? I have tried digging it out by hand but it still comes back. The areas are growing rapidly. I'm afraid it might take over my entire lawn. Help!

Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans cv.) is a common groundcover that prefers shade or dry shade. If the lawn in question is growing vigorously then the bugleweed would not be encroaching on the lawn. Refer to advice given on spruce needles in the lawn. Try to keep the grass longer (at least 5 cm/2 in. after mowing). If all else fails, instead of fighting Mother Nature, join her and let bugleweed spread.