Autumn Hawkbit [Leontodon autumnalis]

Autumn hawkbit, lawn and turf weed

Autumn Hawkbit is a perennial weed that is sometimes confused with dandelion, however hawkbit has narrower leaves that are pointed and visibly toothed. The leaf surface is smooth and glossy. It produces several yellow flower heads on branched stalks which are visible from June to October.

This weed can be removed by hand if there are only a few plants but it is important to remove all the plant. Any root remaining in the soil will produce a new weed. If chemicals need to be used, spot treating the weed may be the best option as the weed grows as individual plants. Use a selective weed killer containing fluroxypyr & clopyralid such as 'Verdone Extra', or alternatively a product containing 2,4-D & mecoprop, one application should be sufficient. For more information on the application of selective herbicide's please visit our Lawn Weeds page. Once the weed has been removed or controlled the bare area can be filled with a mixture of suitable soil and grass seed to aid recovery.

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