In mowed settings, Carolina geranium remains prostrate, and leaves are produced on long pinkish brown petioles from a central axis. The leaves are deeply dissected into five to seven lobes, each of which is again lobed and bluntly toothed on the margins.
The plant produces a deep taproot. Flowers have five pink to lavender petals. Seeds have a conspicuous cranesbill beak about 1/2" long.
Hand pulling is easy and effective. Maintain a dense, healthy lawn that crowds out weeds naturally and reduces the chances for invasion. Apply a two to three inch layer of mulch to ornamental beds.