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.

Slender speedwell (Veronica filiformis)

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 »

Greater plantain (Plantago major)

Greater plantain (Plantago major) is a very common weed in lawns and disturbed ground all over the UK. Plantago major has many common names. These include broad-leaved plantain, common plantain, rat-tail plantain, great waybrede and wibrow. Native americans also called it White Mans Foot and Englishmans foot. This is because it spread from puritan settlers villages along tracks and… Read More »

Mind-your-own-business (Soleirolia soleirolii)

Mind-your-own-business (Soleirolia soleirolii) is a very small, but troublesome perennial lawn weed. It can become very difficult to control if allowed to spread onto a lawn. It often begins to grow in a shady, damp corner and easily spreads into the grass. The latin name soleirolia literally means “one species” and the plant also has a latin synonym Helxine soleirolii. It is also… Read More »