How to remove lawn weeds

How to remove lawn weeds

Perennial weeds can look unsightly on a lawn. We show you how to remove them.

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At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is not at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is at its best in June

Plant is at its best in July

Plant is at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

To do
To do

Do not To do in January

Do not To do in February

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Do To do in August

Do To do in September

Do To do in October

Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

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.

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You Will Need

  • Trowel or long blade
  • Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
  • Grass seed

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Step 1

Removing plantain from a lawn
Removing plantain from a lawn

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

Step 2

Filling in with compost
Filling in 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.

Step 3

Sowing grass seed
Sowing grass seed

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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