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bindi weed seed

Either full sun or partial shade in stressed, worn, or bare areas of turfgrass is where it grows best reaching height of 2 inches and a spread of 6 inches. It is known for its tiny sharp-needled seeds and small feathery leaves that have the appearance of parsley. The seeds are contained in a pod that appears in the junction of branches and they can hook onto clothing, shoes or other equipment and travel great distances. The plant develops a number of creeping stems that produce shoots that, if left alone, will form a low ground cover. When the plant matures, it displays small, bright yellow flowers. In some areas of the country, the plants is known as Bindi Patches with the reputation that they cannot be walked on barefoot. This includes dogs and cats, which tend to avoid sites where the weed appears.

Lawn burweed, is one of nine species of the Burweed genus in the Asteraceae (daisy) family. It is a small, low, fast-growing, herbaceous, broadleaf annual, typically seen in winter, growing in lawns. It is listed as a noxious weed in 46 states.

Healthy turfgrass is one of its biggest competitors. Manually remove the weeds by pulling up the plant including the root; however, this should be done before seeding. Because of its prostrate growth habit it is very difficult to mow it. Manage with herbicides that target broadleaf plants. Aerating the soil also tends to reduce the presence of lawn burweed.

Bindii – also called Jo-Jo Weed or Onehunga – is a low-growing, spreading, annual weed. Fern-like leaves (similar to carrot leaves) are attached to stems which grow from the centre in a rosette form. Plants generally grow 4 cm in diameter and are covered in fine hairs.

Flowers are very small (3mm) and greenish-yellow. Flowers are produced in Autumn and Winter and mature into seeds in Spring and Summer. Seeds are light-brown, flattened and winged seeds with one especially long spine on the end – capable of piercing the skin. Seeds drop from the plant in mid-summer and are further spread by foot traffic or on the fur of animals.

But don’t rush out and feed your lawn if the bindi weed has already appeared—you’ll be encouraging the bindi to grow even faster.

As with so many weeds, bindis are opportunists.

How To Get Rid Of Bindi Weeds Infestation?

Please read and follow all the manufacturer’s instructions when using any herbicide and wear protective clothing including gloves when handling any chemicals or poisons.

March and April are good times to apply fertilisers to keep your lawn healthy.

Make sure you spray after leaves have formed but before seed heads have appeared.