Beware of the Bindii!
What is Bindii:
Soliva sessilis, also known as lawnweed, common soliva, and field burrweed.
Tribulus terrestris, also known as puncturevine, caltrop, cathead, goathead, and burra gokharu.
Bindii is a low growing weed with carrot-top like leaves, it produces a single flower at its centre, that when matures, produces a prickly seed pod
In summer, this prickly weed is the cause of much pain and anguish in adults, children and animals alike. Thus making it very important to treat this potential problem in winter, before the plants set their seed. Once this seed has been set, it is very difficult to treat or remove the problem.
1300 4 Gardening recommends multiple treatments (every 2 weeks until eradicated) to your lawn prior and during the winter season to ensure that you keep your lawn free from bindii.
Here are some tips to help you keep your lawn from becoming vulnerable:
- Spraying with specialised lawn care products
- Regular watering and fertilising
- Raise your mowing height to ensure that the grass is not scalped
- Keep your lawn well maintained so as to provide competition for the weeds
- Removing bindii by hand (if it has already established)
All of this might seem like hard work and your time could be better spent enjoying your weekend with the family.
Let your children and pets play in the backyard, unhindered by the dreaded BINDII!
1300 4 Gardening to the rescue!!