That’s exactly what they are: a landscaper’s nightmare. Bindi weeds not only ruin the look of your lawn, but they can make walking on the grass without shoes a very painful experience! And after all the hard work you’ve put into that turf, you want to be able to enjoy it, not have to avoid it…
Bindi weed is a low-growing, leafy, green weed that is commonly seen growing in lawns across Australia. It produces a single flower which matures into a spiny seed pod. These dried seed pods are sharp enough to puncture bike or pram tyre or soft-soled shoe, and they have a horrible habit of attaching themselves to clothing, shoes and pet hair. Because they grow close to the ground, bindi flowers generally avoid the cutting deck of the lawnmower, meaning that they can’t be controlled by simply cutting the grass.
If there’s one thing you are pretty sure of it’s this: they weren’t in the turf when you first got it established! So what’s happened?
Take heart – if it’s given half a chance, bindi will rear its ugly head in anyone’s lawn. However, there are certain conditions that will facilitate the growth of this weed:
If you’re an avid gardener or landscaper you’re certainly not going to sit back and resign yourself to having to keep off the lawn! Those bindis can be controlled. And although it might take some time and a considerable amount of elbow grease, it’ll be well worth it! You’ll actually be able to enjoy the grass, and so will your children and pets.
Obviously, the method of control is going to depend on the size of the area affected:
To maintain a bindi-free lawn, spray and fertilise regularly and implement good watering practices. This will ensure that your lawn is healthy, robust and provides a strong competition for weeds!
The team at Rivers Edge Turf can help you create a lawn that is as beautiful underfoot as it is to look at! Call us on (02) 4579 9009 and chat to one of our team.