Category Archives: Perennial Weeds

A perennial weed is a plant which lasts for more than two years. In a lawn care, many perennial weeds can become a problem as they can spread all year round, quickly taking over and area of lawn and out growing grass.

Perennials are usually more difficult to control in lawns as they persist in the grass year after year. They often creep under the soil and put down deep root systems. Hand weeding these weeds can be difficult and so chemical methods are usually the best course of action for control.

Perennial weeds in lawns

These are the detailed blog pages of UK perennial weeds which are commonly found in lawns. Find out more information about these weeds, their use in history and how to control them in a lawn.

Ribwort plantain (plantago lanceolata)

By | 01/01/2019

Ribwort plantain (plantago lanceolata) is a common plant in the UK. It is a broad-leaved weed and a true perennial herb. It is distinctive in shape and can grow on all but the most acid grasslands all over the UK. Ribwort plantain is a common roadside and hedgerow plant. Plantago lanceolata has many common names. These include English… Read More »

Yarrow (achillea millefolium)

By | 23/02/2018

Yarrow (achillea millefolium) is a herbaceous, perennial herb. It grows in gardens all over the UK. In a lawn is can form a thick, spreading mat and become an invasive weed. It has many common names including ornamental yarrow, milfoil, devil’s nettle and thousand-leaf. It has also named soldier’s woundwort in reference to its medicinal effects. The botanical… Read More »

Slender speedwell (veronica filiformis)

By | 19/01/2018

Slender speedwell (veronica filiformis) is a creeping perennial herb. It grows on lawns all over the UK. Slender speedwell has many common names, including creeping speedwell, threadstalk speedwell, birdseye speedwell, creeping veronica, whetzel weed and gypsy weed. The botanical name veronica filiformis originates from both Latin and Greek. Veronica comes from the woman canonised as Saint Veronica. She… Read More »