Lawn weeds

If you want to keep your lawn in immaculate condition all year round, you'll need to keep an eye out for weeds. As we've discussed previously on this blog, the definition of 'weeds' is somewhat subjective, but essentially, any plant that's growing where it isn't supposed to may be considered a weed.

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There's nothing worse than heading out to your garden on a hot summers day to relax on your lush, green lawn and finding it full of weeds! Okay, maybe there is, but we do know how annoying it can be when this does happen. Luckily, you can bring your lawn back to life by removing all of the weeds and bringing your turf's health back to tip-top shape. There's no need to worry, however, Lawn & Weed Expert is here to help make this whole process as quick and easy a possible. 

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In order to successfully remove weeds from your property, it helps to have an understanding of how the weed killer you use actually works. But first, you will need to know what type of weed killer you are using. These are often categorised into the following types; selective, non-selective, systematic and contact weed killers. Before using any type of weed killer, be sure to research exactly what type it is and whether it not it is suitable for your specific gardening needs. Oh and also ensure you read any directions given to you by the manufacturer in order to gain maximum effectiveness. 

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Dandelion weed

As we've discussed previously (see What Makes a Plant a Weed?), there's no hard and fast rule to say which plants are weeds and which aren't. The word 'weed' can refer to any plant that's growing in a place where it isn't wanted.

Of course, some plants make weeds of themselves more often than others - see our list of common UK garden weeds for some of the most widespread examples.

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Lawn weeds are a year-round nuisance, but they can be particularly pesky in the summertime. Long, warm days create ideal growing conditions for many varieties of weed, and periods of drought can limit your lawn's ability to compete with other plants.

Lawn with bindweed

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Here are some common UK lawn weeds that tend to flower during the summer:

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What is a weed? Put simply, it's a plant that's not wanted. There's no formal definition of what counts as a weed - it's not like the RHS website has a handy list of which plants are weeds and which plants aren't. Some plants that are considered weeds in one environment may be considered desirable elsewhere.

Common characteristics of weeds include:

  • Aggressive growth and reproduction
  • Growing in a place other than its natural habitat
  • Ability to flourish despite inhospitable conditions
  • Seeds that can lay dormant in the soil for a long time

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Daisies in grass

Daisies can be quite pretty, can't they? Many people enjoy picking them to making daisy chains, and the thought of walking barefoot through a meadow of daisies on a sunny day is a rather appealing one.

The RHS website even advises gardeners to think twice and "decide if you really want to combat these plants". But pretty or not, the common English daisy (Bellis perennis) is still a weed, and if you've got daisies in your garden, they're competing with your lawn for essential moisture and nourishment.

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Dandelions

Dandelions are a very common sight in British gardens, parks and fields. They are characterised by their bright yellow flowers, which eventually mature into 'dandelion clocks' - those fluffy seed heads that fly away when you blow on them.

The sunny yellow dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) might seem harmless enough, but it's still a weed, and a frustratingly resilient weed at that. If you have dandelions on your lawn, they may be robbing your grass of vital nutrients and moisture. So it's important to get rid of them in order to keep your lawn as healthy as possible.

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