Weeds

Remember: One year's seeds, seven years' weeds!

It is a fact of life that if we have a lawn and garden we will have to deal with weeds from time to time. The trick is to control weeds early rather than let them get out of control so they set seed all over your yard – this is bad news! Some single plants can produce up to 10,000 seeds.

By keeping your lawn fed, watered and healthy, you should be able to avoid problems with weeds. A healthy lawn will suffocate most weeds. Hand removal is always the best way to remove weeds. Mowing regularly can also stop weeds from setting seed. Most problem weeds grow and take over lawns during the winter season.

Soursobs

What is a Soursob?

Soursobs present as a dense mat of clover-like leaves along the surface. It is extremely hard to kill, especially in lawns, as it has a fast-growing onion-shaped bulb system. Autumn and winter is when Soursobs are at their peak growing stage. Cultivating is certainly not recommended during this time, as it will spread the rhizomes further, which will result in more bulbs to form.

How to manage Soursobs
The best way to manage soursobs is to mow them off continuously. This attacks the weed at its weakest stage. As your lawn roots establish, they will suffocate the soursobs, resulting in them dying.

Another method which can be more timely is to use a paint brush with glyphosate and paint each individual plant, making sure to get NONE on your lawn as it will kill anything it touches.

Crowsfoot

Crowsfoot grass 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. Crowsfoot grass is a difficult to control weed that can tolerate low mowing and will thrive in nutrient deprived and compacted soil conditions. 

How to treat crowsfoot

The best way to remove crowsfoot is to chip out by hand. Make sure when doing so that you carefully remove the entire plant and don’t spread any seeds during the process.
You can also treat the individual tufts of Crowsfoot with a glyphosate type product like Round Up or Zero. Just be careful when doing so, as anything you touch with the product will likely die including your lawn! We recommend to use a paintbrush or similar to target just the weed with this product.

Rye Grass

A dark green clumping grass that occurs in lawns in winter season. Normally germinates with first large rain of season and continues through to Spring. Rye Grass is sometime used as a type of cool season grass cover, however mostly rye grass is a weed problem in warm season lawns. Control with hand removal or selective herbicide Winter Grass Killer.

Cudweed

Cudweed is identified by having rosette shaped, flat, shiny, mid-green leaves. The Cudweed has various small flowers on its stems with fibrous roots. Cudweed is difficult to kill due to its glossy leaves. Cudweed may need two or more applications of Buffalo Weed Control. Buffalo Weed Control is a broad leaf herbicide safe to use on Buffalo, Couch and Kikuyu lawns. You may also find that hand-removal of the weed is helpful.

Kikuyu

Kikuyu is a common grass variety; however, it is highly invasive by nature and can end up in gardens and lawns where it is not wanted. It has runners that grow above ground and underground, therefore it can pop up in garden beds and pavers, or even under your neighbour’s fence! As Kikuyu is a common grass variety, it can be very hard to eradicate. Generally, anything that will kill the Kikuyu, will also kill the lawn you’re trying to get it out of. 

 

How to treat Kikuyu

Control by spot spraying with a glyphosate based product such as Eraze Max. You must take care not to touch the plants or lawn surrounding as it will kill these too. You will need to keep treating until you have no more outbreaks.

Digging out and removing contaminated areas is the most effective way of removing this weed.

Dandelion

Dandelions have toothed leaves that are light green. They are identified by their solitary, double-yellow, daisy like flowers on hollow stems, milky sap, rosette shape and thick contractile, fleshy tap-root. Control with hand removal or spot spray herbicide Buffalo Weed Control. Buffalo Weed Control is a broad leaf herbicide safe to use on Buffalo, Couch and Kikuyu lawns.

Bindii or Caltrop

Everyone knows Bindii by the annoyingly painful seeds it creates that somehow always end up in your bare foot! Bindii is a low growing weed with a flower at its centre. At maturity, the flower produces a prickly seed pod which is a particular menace during the warmer months when we are trying to enjoy our lawns.

Bindii grows in the Winter and goes to seed in early Spring. The best time to target Bindii is in Winter before it produces the seed pod and spreads throughout your lawn. 

How to treat Bindii

 Bindii can be managed by hand or by applying a selective broadleaf herbicide like Bin-Die or Lawn Solutions Australia All Purpose Weed Control. This will help to eradicate these weeds in all lawn types including kikuyu and couch and are safe to use on most varieties of buffalo.

A couple of repeat applications may be required in order to kill off Bindi that continue to emerge.

Creeping Oxalis

Creeping Oxalis are identified by their small, light green, clover like leaves on short petioles and small, yellow, bell shaped flowers. Creeping oxalis forms new roots wherever stems touch the ground, creeping under and through the lawn, with thin tap-roots. This plant is very difficult to remove as crown breaks off leaving roots for re-growth, it is a very invasive, nasty weed. Control by hand-removing small plants and digging out sections of lawn. Use Buffalo Weed Control herbicide for larger infestations. Control with hand removal or selective herbicide.

Clover

Clovers have green leaves with white circular markings, on thin stems. Clovers are a weed in lawn, but in other areas can be beneficial due to high nutritional value. Four leafed plants are very lucky, so don’t poison those!

In most cases when you see clover growing in your lawn it means that there isn’t enough nitrogen in the soil and a fertilise will help by giving your lawn an increase in nitrogen and slow the clover down.

How to treat Clover

As clover can be a sign of nitrogen deficiency, if you haven’t fertilised your lawn recently, an application could help to control clover growth in your lawn. 

Clover can be managed by applying a selective broadleaf herbicide like Bin-Die or Lawn Solutions Australia All Purpose Weed Control.

Feel free to give our friendly staff a call on 08 8577 8826 or send through picture to our email lawn@theturffarm.com.au and we will be happy to guide you through your lawn issues and help you to achieve a weed-free lawn you will love!