Here’s 4 Common Summer Weeds and how to control them
With the increase in temperatures, your lawn may find itself too weak to defend itself against some common summer weeds. It is important that you keep your lawn healthy and strong in order for it to be able to respond to the harsh summer days and continue to flourish. Check out our article on summer lawn care for tips.
If you have found that some of these undesirable weeds have infiltrated your lawn, then it’s best to act straight away.
Here are some common lawn weeds you may encounter:
Bindii is possibly the most annoying weed due to the pain it causes to our bare feet! Bindii is a low growing weed with a flower at its centre.
At maturity, the flower produces a prickly seed pod which is a menace during the warmer months when we are trying to enjoy our lawns.
Control – Hand removal or selective Bindii herbicides like Bin-Die with the active Bromoxynil, preferably in winter or early autumn before the plant sets seed, as it is easily managed if tended to early.
Creeping Oxalis has small light green heart shaped leaves, very similar in appearance to clover.
The flowers are small, about 3-4mm in diameter and bright yellow in colour containing five petals.
Control – Hand remove small plants, or you can dig out small sections. Herbicide applications like All Purpose Weed Control are recommended for larger infestations.
Crowsfoot grass (also known as crabgrass) is a summer annual that grows in easy to identify tufts, staying fairly flat to the ground with almost white flat sheathed stems and smooth strap like leaves.
As its name suggests, Crowsfoot has a 5 spiked flower with similar appearance to that of the foot of a crow.
Control – Hand removal, make sure when doing so that you carefully remove the entire plant and don’t spread the seeds. You can also carefully treat the individual tufts of Crowsfoot with a glyphosate product like Round Up or Zero.
Using a selective herbicide can be difficult as many herbicides available will kill your lawn variety as well. Make sure you read the label before applying any herbicides to your lawn.
Clover shaped, trifoliate green leaves with circular markings, on thin stems with small white ball like flowers. Sometimes four leafed stems can be also found but are quite rare so very lucky!
Control – Hand removal and/or use of selective herbicide. Lawns love nitrogen, while clover hates it, so increasing the fertiliser on your lawn will also help.