Bindii’s can be described as a landscaper’s worst nightmare. Bindii 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.
Bindii’s are 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, bindii flowers generally avoid the cutting deck of the lawnmower, meaning that they can’t be controlled by simply cutting the grass.
There are many different reasons bindii’s grow. Turf doesn’t have them when they are first established so it can be confusing to see them appear. The conditions that cause bindii’s to appear and grow include:
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 bindii’s can be controlled. And although it might take some time and a considerable amount of elbow grease, your family and pets will be able to enjoy your bindii free lawn.
Obviously, the method of control and removal is going to depend on the size of the area affected:
To maintain a bindii-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.