Given the virile and aggressive nature of this plant, your best bet is to control any invasion before it starts. Get rid of these weeds while they’re young and their roots aren’t fully established. Proper preventative maintenance and lawn care practices, along with a certain degree of vigilance, are your best bet.
Not to mention the spines on these perennials are painful against the skin.
Proper mowing techniques are another good defense at keeping this perennial weed off of your lawn. Once these weeds are fully established, they are extremely difficult to remove completely by hand.
Weed Control Methods
The large size and rapid growth of these weeds will out-compete the growth of desirable plants. If allowed to grow into their second year, the spear thistle can wind up shading desirable plants throughout the growing season and inhibit their growth.
The flowers of the daisy are complex around a thick yellow center. The flowers can be white to pinkish-red and can bloom throughout the entire year. Even in the dead of winter, you might just find a daisy flower.
If creeping charlie (ground ivy) has already established itself, you can use a selective post-emergent herbicide to quell the invasion, but preventing these lawn weeds from showing up in the first place is the best course of action.
You can control the growth of this common lawn weed on your property by pulling it from the ground. This is generally recommended for smaller areas of white clover.
Life cycle and reproduction strategies: Grows and seeds quickly, often completing its growth cycle in three weeks.
Life cycle and reproduction strategies: Grows year round. Stems root at nodes and any part of the stem or rhizome can grow.
Control: Spot-treat with glyphosate herbicide or an organic herbicide based on pelargonic acid before flowering, or use a fork to hand-weed before seeds form.
Tradescantia, wandering jew (Tradescantia albiflora T. fluminensis)
Control: Treat infested lawns in autumn or winter before burrs form using a systemic herbicide for this weed (sold as Bindii and Clover Weeder), which does not kill lawn grass. Once the seeds have formed (usually in late winter or very early spring) but are still green, hand weed to remove the entire plant and immature seeds. Place weeds into the garbage, not into compost bins. As bindii is often worse in compacted soils, aerate and fertilise lawns to encourage strong lawn growth.
Life cycle and reproduction strategies: Spreads by underground rhizomes and tubers, and quickly forms large clumps that can smother other growth. Also spreads by seed, which can stick to machinery, clothing and animal fur.
Life cycle and reproduction strategies: Spreads rapidly by rhizomes and tubers. Also spreads by seed.
Description: Ground-hugging, weak-stemmed perennial creeper with narrow shiny green leaves and fleshy, semi-succulent stems. White three-petalled flowers. Carpeting growth that invades other plants. Usually found in shady spots. Causes skin irritation in dogs.