Spotted spurge is a dark green, broadleaf summer annual that is most commonly found in Newnan lawns that are poorly maintained or have compacted soil.  Spurge is easily identified in your lawn by the red dot found in the center of the plant leaves.  This type of weed will easily invade any thin or distressed areas in your Newnan lawn and compete with your desired turf for space.  Spotted spurge grows low, hugging the ground in a mat like mass, in environments of full sun, reproducing by seeds.  The best way to protect your Newnan lawn against spotted spurge is by mowing your turf at the appropriate height and maintaining the turf with proper treatments.  A dense, vigorous lawn provides the best defense against this sneaky little weed!