Next to dandelions, plantain (Plantago) is probably the second most common perennial lawn weed. They form rather large oval leaves that are around 4 to 6 inches long. In the summer, they produce long, green seed heads. Like some other weed species, it thrives in hard, compacted soils where turfgrass refuses to grow properly.


As with most lawn weeds, the best control is to grow a healthy, vigorous turfgrass. A good layer of mulch such as shredded bark or wood chips will help manage weeds in the bed or border.

If cultural options do not provide enough control, several herbicides are also labeled for this weed, however, this one falls under the "difficult to control" lawn weeds and may be tough to eliminate.


Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.


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