If you love your lawn, then you’ll hate winter weeds. These uninvited guests can cause havoc on your lawn and spoil any efforts of a perfectly manicured home facade.
Here at Fence and Garden Sunshine Coast, we know that the best time to treat winter weeds in your lawn is now, during winter. This gives you more chance of sparing your lawn before germination takes place, and stop them from dropping their seeds back into the soil and coming back again next season.
There are strategic ways to fight back against winter weeds, but you’ll have to recognise the problem before you can treat it. Here are Fence and Garden Sunshine Coast’s top tips for fighting back against winter weeds.
Wintergrass has soft, drooping green leaves with triangular shaped seed heads. If you have it, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.
Wintergrass is a weed that produces lots of seeds and has a white cotton like root zone. It’s easy to pull out but there is always so much of it and more often than not, as soon as you pull it out, more seems to grow back.
Wintergrass also produces lots of seeds, which fall to the ground ready to germinate for next year so it’s one of those weeds you will want to get a handle on quickly!
Using a combination of a pre-emergent and a selective Winter Grass control at the correct time of year should ensure Winter Grass is eradicated from your lawn.
Creeping Oxalis most commonly comes in two forms – green and purple. It is a broadleaf, highly invasive, hard to control weed, which is exceptionally persistent.
You have to take watch for these weeds in spring and summer when it displays small yellow flowers. When the flowers mature, they release a seed pod which is filled with little seeds. Upon release, these seeds spread throughout your lawn and garden.
Its habit includes masses of runners that send down small tap roots at regular intervals, which makes it impossible to pull out by hand.
A selective herbicide will help to eradicate these weeds in all lawn types including kikuyu and couch and are safe to use on most varieties of buffalo except the ST varieties.
Living on the Sunshine Coast, you’re most likely familiar with the sting of Bindii and its prickly seed pod. This is a particular menace during the warmer months when we are trying to enjoy our lawns.
Bindii can be managed by hand or by applying a selective broadleaf herbicide. 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 except the ST varieties. A repeat application may be required.