Plantain
(Plantago major)

Plantain

This evergreen perennial spreads by seeds and occurs everywhere. Plantains have clusters of leathery, ribbed leaves with erect spikes of tiny greenish-grey flowers in summer. It is a serious nuisance in many lawns but it is quite easy to eradicate.

Control

The main way to keep weeds under control is constant vigilance, never allowing the weed to flower or seed and mulching.

  • Maintain a healthy lawn – scarifying, aerating, feeding and top-dressing in autumn will help, apply lawn sand in spring

  • Remove weeds by hand, fork or daisy grubber as soon as you see them

  • Spray with a systemic weedkiller that is absorbed through the leaves of the plant, the active ingredient makes its way through the cells of the plant down to the root. It kills these first and then the foliage starts to die off. Treat in March before flowering