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How to remove lawn weeds


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.

How to do it

Removing lawn weeds: lever out deep-rooted weeds


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.

Removing lawn weeds: fill the hole with compost

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.

Removing lawn weeds: sprinkle grass seed on the compost

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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Talkback: How to remove lawn weeds
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stefanib 23/07/2013 at 10:15

I put a fork into the lawn, loosen the ground underneath the weed and surrounding turf, remove the weed (which usually comes out easily, all roots intact) then gently press the turf back down. Simple, effective and free!

flowering rose 23/07/2013 at 14:31

thats the way to do it and it takes no time at all depending on the size of your lawn.good work stefanib

jamesburke 23/07/2013 at 18:30

HI All I use my flathead screwdriver spent yesterday and today diging out weeds more weeds than lawn


Verdun 23/07/2013 at 22:37

I simply spot spray weeds.  Easy.

The potty gardener 25/07/2013 at 07:32