Five Common Lawn Weeds – Identification and Treatment
It is always easier to control weeds from the outset rather than try to remove them once they get out of hand. By choosing a suitable lawn species for your area, keeping it healthy, well maintained and at the right mowing height for your chosen variety, you’ll have a leg up on the neighbours.
Identify and remove weeds early – dig them out by hand when they are young, small and easy to remove. Once they get larger it becomes harder and if they set seed they can spread all over your lawn and garden – bad news.
Flat, shiny, mid-green leaves with a rosette shape
Various small flowers on stems
Control – hand removal and spot spray herbicide
Difficult to kill due to glossy leaves
May need two or more sprays.
Toothed leaves, light green
Milky sap, rosette shape
Solitary, double yellow, daisy like flowers on hollow stems
Thick contractile fleshy tap-root
Control – hand removal and spot spray herbicide.
Possibly the most annoying lawn weed due to the pain caused by the seeds to bare feet
Finely dissected, small, fern like leaves, light green in colour
Flat, small compact rosettes
Small green flowers deep in leaf axis
Fine, fibrous roots
Small brown, flat seeds with sharp spines that hurt bare feet
Control – hand removal or selective Bindii herbicides in winter or early autumn before the plant sets seed
Easily managed if tended to early.
Small, light green, clover like leaves on short petioles
Small, yellow, bell shaped flowers
Forms new roots wherever stems touch the ground, creeping under and through lawn
Very difficult to remove as crown breaks off leaving roots for re-growth
Very invasive, nasty weed
Control – hand remove small plants
Dig out section of lawn
Herbicide for larger infestations.
Clover shaped, green leaves with with circular markings, on thin stems
Small white flowers, ball shaped on stems with leaves
Tap-roots off stolons
Is a weed in lawn but in other areas can be beneficial due to high nutritional value
Four leaved plants are very lucky, so don’t poison those!
Control – hand removal and selective herbicide.
Lawn Weed Treatment
Many small weeds many be carefully pulled out by hand, however you will need to make sure you have removed the roots. Using a weeding trowel or long handled, mechanical device and prizing around the roots will help ensure total removal. The bigger the weed, the bigger and stronger the roots. In some cases, a weed spray might be necessary.
There are various herbicides available, including selective and non-selective. Non-selective products kill most plants including your lawn; selective herbicides target specific weeds only.
It is strongly recommended that your consult your local nursery or turf expert to properly identify the weed in question first, so you can treat it with an appropriate and effective spray.
You will also need to check the suitability of the selected herbicide product for use on your lawn type. For example, many are not suitable for buffalo lawns. Lawn Solutions Australia carry a wide range of weed and pest control products for buffalo and other lawn varieties.
Remember to always follow manufacturer’s instructions on the pack.
Lawn Care Products
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