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  • Different Lawn Weeds and How to Remove Them

    Good lawn management with regular feeding and mowing will encourage a thicker, greener lawn which should be able to repel serious weed and moss problems. However, no matter how much care you take with your lawn, seeds will still blow in and bird droppings will also contain weed seeds, so you need to check regularly for weed problems and deal with them before they become serious. Lawn Weeds can be removed simply by digging them out manually, but this is often a temporary measure only as invariably a small portion of the weed plant is left in the ground which will regrow. Therefore the most effective method of weed control is to use a selective herbicide which will directly target the weed, while leaving grass unaffected. Today there are many selective herbicides available on the domestic market that will kill weeds without harming the grass, so there’s no reason to have a lawn full of dandelions, daisies or clovers!


    The most common types of lawn weeds in the UK are Daisy, Trefoil, Black Medic, White Clover, Red Clover, Slender Speedwell, Germander Speedwell, Greater Plantain, Ribwort Plantain, Bucks-horn Plantain, Selfheal, Dandelion, Cats Ear, Autumn Hawkbit, Smooth Hawksbeard, Bristly Ox-Tongue, Creeping Buttercup, Bulbous Buttercup, Crowfoot, Lesser Celandine, Mouse-ear Chickweed, Common Chickweed, Yarrow, Silverweed, Parsley Piert, Knotgrass, Broad-leaved Dock, Common Sorrel, Common Ragwort, Ground Ivy, Scarlet Pimpernel, Doves-foot Cranesbill, Creeping Thistle, Horsetail and Moss.


    The Daisy is one of the most common and recognisable lawn and turf weeds in the UK and it can grow in a wide range of conditions, as a perennial weed, the Daisy spreads using short underground runners (called stolons). The Daisy can be easily recognised by the small spoon shaped and slightly scalloped leaves which form a small rosette and the distinct flowers which have a yellow centre surrounded by white petals.

    white clover

    White Clover has to be one of the most recognisable weeds in UK lawns, another perennial weed, White Clover is very common and has creeping runners that travel along the surface which can quickly choke out grass. White Clover can be recognised by their leaves which are divided into three and have a whitish band near the base of the leaf.


    The Dandelion is an extremely common perennial weed in the UK that is very common all types of lawns. The Dandelion forms a large flat rosette on the lawn with a long stout tap root. Dandelion leaves actually have many health benefits and are lance-shaped and hairless, with a deep downward pointing teeth shape. Left to their own devices, dandelions can grow up to 12 inches in length and kill the grass beneath. They also produce a single yellow flower from March to November which eventually turn into thousands of tiny seeds which are propagated by the wind.

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