General Information: Ragwort can be a problem on fine lawns but is more common
on low maintenance and neglected lawns. Ragwort which is a biennial weed is native to the UK. This
weed produces tough stems with a purple base as seen in the photo.
Leaf: Ragwort leaves have jagged lobes which are divided into segments.
Flower: The yellow flowers can be seen from June to October as they form dense
clusters on branched stalks.
Preferred Habitat: Ragwort will happily grow in most types of soil
Control: A well maintained lawn that is regularly mown is the best way of
keeping ragwort off you lawn. If it does become a problem hand weed individual plants if they are
few in number (make sure gloves are worn when handling this weed). For a more widespread problem
use a selective weed killer containing 2,4-D or MCPA. It is very important to treat Ragwort at the
rosette stage for the most effective control. A further application 6 weeks later will be
|Please click to enlarge the Common Ragwort image
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