Greater Plantain [Plantago major]
Greater Plantain is a very common lawn weed, especially where the lawn is suffering from
This perennial weed forms as a flat rosette type plant, where it can easily tolerate close
mowing making it particularly troublesome at times.
Greater plantain has a dense fibrous root system and is extremely drought tolerant. The weed
spreads by seed. The weed has broad oval leaves with prominent ribs, they grow in a prostate manor
killing the grass beneath them.
The green flowers form on long spikes and are bourn on a long stem.
Greater Plantain can grow in most soil conditions, particularly where the ground has been
disturbed. It can tolerate compacted soils, and is quite often a good indicator of this
Hand weeding can be quite successful
in removing this weed, just take care to remove the whole plant.
Encourage a strong, healthy lawn with good lawn care practices to help maintain good grass
coverage and prevent greater plantain and other weeds from invading.
Regular aeration will relieve soil compaction and help discourage this weed.
If chemicals are to be used against this weed, choose an the appropriate selective weed killer
that will be effective in controlling this weed.
In many cases a single application should be enough for effective control of greater plantain.
If, however it isn't apply a second application 6 weeks later.
If the infestation of greater plantain was severe, there will be some repair work needed to the
lawn following control, as there may be a few bare areas remaining. Use a suitable grass seed and
soil mix to repair them
When using chemicals on the lawn or anywhere else in the garden always wear the correct
protective equipment and clothing.
It is important to read the product label and follow the manufacturers health & safety
recommendations and application guidelines.
For more information on the application of selective herbicide's please visit our Lawn Weeds page.