Remove common plantain manually - plucking alone is not enough
As the profile of broad plantain shows, the plant drives a taproot up to 80 cm long into the ground. In order to permanently remove the weeds, it is not enough to simply pluck the leaves and flower spikes. Digging with a hand shovel or spade leaves unsightly holes in the lawn. It is better to use a weeding cutter for effective weeding. That is how it goes:
- The best time is immediately after a rain shower, when the ground is softened
- Drive the weed cutter so deep into the ground that the taproot is completely captured
- By moving the device back and forth, pull the plantain out of the ground
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Incidentally, the palm-sized leaves are far too good to dispose of on the compost. Since the leaves of Plantago major are edible, prepare a crispy salad from the tender leaves.
How to remove common plantain with mechanical assistance
If the weeds have already spread over a large area in the lawn, the weed picker proves to be ineffective. Instead, an intensive lawn regimen will fix the problem. To do this, mow the grass as short as possible in order to scarify it lengthways and crossways. Subsequent fertilization with a special lawn fertilizer rounds off the care program.
If a pH value test shows a result below 5.5, this is good for plantain and bad for your lawn. With the help of lime you bring the soil acidity back into balance so that the noble grasses gain the upper hand over the weeds.
Regular lawn mowing has a preventive effect against common plantain in the lawn. The weeds are not given an opportunity to spread further by means of seeds. In the course of this, the lawn must not be mowed too short. With a perfect cutting height of 4 to 5 mm, the weeds lie in the permanent shadow of the lawn grass and die due to a lack of light.