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Weeds

The ‘greenery’ on your lawn might not always be what it seems. Take a closer look.

YELLOW NUTSEDGE

This weed is becoming a huge problem  in South Africa as it grows rapidly and is very difficult to control. While most other weeds grow by either tubers, rhizomes or seeds, Nutsedge reproduces by all three, which makes it almost impossible to destroy, especially if you pull it out by hand. Some parts of the plant will always remain in the soil, which will just grow again. Nutsedge is also a very competitive weed that gives off a toxin that suppress the growth of surrounding plants, so it can literally destroy your lawn if left untreated. We however have great success with our specialized herbicides specifically formulated for this invasive weed.   

WONDERLAWN

This is a perennial, evergreen plant with shiny leaves that is commonly found in damp places on your lawn or elsewhere in your garden. People often plant it as a ground cover or as a replacement for lawns in shaded areas. If you find these on or near your normal lawn, you’ll have to treat it though as it will eventually take over your lawn if it’s left untreated.

CREEPING SORREL

There are approximately 500 species of Oxalis (sorrel) of which 243 are indigenous to South Africa. The majority of these plants are found only in the Western Cape. It is also significant that of all the species that occur in South Africa, the two that are not indigenous are two of the three that are considered troublesome weeds. These plants sometimes act as hosts for plant diseases, such as rust and on lawns they can be difficult to control , especially on lawns that get mowed very short. If not treated correctly, these weeds can overgrow a lawn completely.

WHITE CLOVER

This is a very common type of weed, especially on lawns. It’s a very rapid grower that can quickly cover and overtake your lawn if left untreated, especially during the colder seasons. They have also grown resistant to some weed killers, which makes it very important to use the correct herbicides for treatment.


DANDELION  

This weed, that comes from European origin, has become quite a well-know sight on South African lawns.. When the plants are still young, one can get rid of them fairly easily with the correct herbicide. Once the plants are a bit older and more established, they become quite a bit harder to get rid of though as they have a very strong root system.  

WINTER GRASS (POA ANNUA)

This grass is a bright, green grass with thin leaves that’s common all over South Africa, especially during winter. Although it grows throughout the year in shady and damp areas it’s especially noticeable in winter when the conditions are ideal for it. As it grows much quicker than your normal grasses like Kikuyu, Cynodin etc., it can become unsightly with it’s bright green tufts and small white flowers. The best way to deal with Winter Grass is to treat the seeds and the plants as seeds can easily spread via wind, feet, lawn mowers, animals, etc.

 

 Source: Problem Plants of South Africa by Clive Bromilow