How to remove lawn weeds

Do it:

Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Takes just:

20 minutes

At its best:

Jun, Jul, Aug

A large, broad-leaved weed can look quite out of place in a lawn full of uniform, green turf. Plantains, dandelions, daisies and buttercups all have 'rosette' foliage, and one plant in the lawn can easily block the light to the grass, killing off a round patch below.

Removing lawn weeds as and when they appear is an effective way to deal with them. And filling in the hole that's left behind with fresh compost and lawn seed makes for a quick, seamless fix.

You will need

Long blade or weeding tool

Good quality compost

Grass seed


Use a long blade or weeding tool to lever out deep-rooted weeds such as plantains or dandelions. Make sure you remove the whole plant, roots and all.

Once the weed is removed, use compost to fill the hole it leaves behind. Push the compost down deeply into the hole, firming it level with the soil surface.

Sprinkle fresh grass seed over the patch, then cover with extra compost before watering. Keep the area damp until the seed has germinated and is growing well.


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