Call them bindiis or three quarter jacks, nobody loves getting a sharp jab in the foot every time they venture out in bare feet.
As we prepare for spring, it's not too late to treat your lawn for the dreaded prickle.
According to Angie Thomas, horticulture consultant to Yates: “When the prickles are out, backyard pets, children and even the bottom of our thongs pay the price! Now is the perfect time to treat your lawn as bindii are yet to set their seeds which are the bindii prickles.”
Here are Angie’s top prickle prevention tips.
Strike in winter
Bindii are small and can be difficult to spot. Ensure you start bindii control measures by late winter or very early spring, before the bindii have had a chance to set their seeds.
A quick and easy way to control bindii over large areas of lawn is with the help of a hose-on spray applicator.
Couch and kikuyu lawn
If you have either a couch or kikuyu lawn you can apply regular weed killers. You can do two jobs at once by using a weed killer with added fertiliser. Not only will you control the bindii, you will also promote a healthy green lawn.
If you have a buffalo lawn, it’s important to choose a weed killer that’s been specially designed to be safe for buffalo.
Small patches of lawn
For small areas, control bindii with a granular weed killer that’s applied by hand or dilute a concentrate into a pressure sprayer and spray over the patches of bindii.
For more gardening information or to chat with a horticulturist, go to www.yates.com.au.
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