Tag Archives: Lawn Weeds

Lawn weeds are plants which are in the wrong place. In a lawn, any plant which is not grass is considered a weed. Even some undesirable grasses can be weeds!

Lawn weeds database

Weeds in lawns come in many varieties. From the quick growing annuals such as lesser trefoil and hairy bittercress. To the more pernicious perennial weeds such as yarrow and dandelions. Each weed has a good reason why it likes to grow in a lawn and they have different approaches and difficulty in eradicating them.

This section goes over the different weeds which you may find in a British lawn. I also try to go into a bit more depth about each plant. History, uses in cooking as well as how to control them.

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 »

Common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

The common dandelion is probably the most well known of all British lawn weeds. Most of us can remember ourselves as children, picking their curious ball-shaped seed heads and blowing them into the wind. They seem to be ingrained into our memories of summer. The latin name for the dandelion is Taraxacum officinale. ‘Taraxacum‘ being the latin family… Read More »

Common self-heal (Prunella vulgaris)

Common self-heal (Prunella vulgaris) is a lawn weed which is common in lawns across England. It is also sometimes called heal-all, cure-all, carpenter weed, the prunella plant or heart-of-the-earth. It is an herbaceous, perennial herb, which can grow up to 30cm high. In lawns it rarely grows above the level of the grass. It has a thick dark… Read More »