How do I deal with plantain weeds?

Broadleaf and buckhorn plantains are major weeds of turf and pastures. Broadleaf plantains are perennials which grows best in moist areas with full sun or partial shade and compacted soil. Its fibrous root system is primarily found in the top 18 inches of soil. In turf grasses these weeds form dense clumps.


Prevention practices

  • Clean equipment (lawn mower, cutters, spades) before moving onto another area. This will help reduce the spreading of the plantain seeds
  • Hand pull weed before it has the chance to spread and keep monitoring the area for several months to make sure the removal was complete.
  • Use at least two native turf grasses for your lawn

Non-chemical and mechanical controls

  • Loosen the soil to provide better drainage and prevent compaction of soil
  • Aerate soil
  • Mulch with landscape fabric to control seedlings of both species.

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