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.

Common catsear (Hypochaeris radicata)

Common catsear (Hypochaeris radicata) is a large, broad-leaved lawn weed that is common in very neglected lawns in England. The name refers to the shape and fine hair on the leaves resembling that of the ear of a cat. It is also referred to as flatweed (in Australia) and the false dandelion. This is due to its similarity… Read More »

Lesser celandine (Ficaria verna)

Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna) (prior to 2010 it was named Ranunculus ficaria) is an attractive lawn weed which is not very common. It can establish itself very quickly across a lawn where it does manage to take hold. Lesser Celandine is a perennial weed, persisting in the lawn throughout the year. It flowers in spring. It has very distinct, heart-shaped… Read More »

Hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta)

The hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) is an extremely common annual garden weed. It can quickly appear on any bare soil on vegetable patches, flower borders and in any thinner areas of your lawn. The plant is from the Cardamine genus, which is a large group of over 150 flowering annual and perennial plants that are in the Brassicaceae… Read More »