If there was to be a popular vote for the most annoying weed, we’re certain this one would win hands down!
If you’ve ever stepped on a bindii in bare feet, walked your poor pooch over a patch, or ridden your bike through a bindii breakout, you’ll know exactly why.
These bad boys pack a real punch when it comes to inflicting pain, flattening tyres and spreading like wildfire.
Bindii is a low growing weed with a flower at its centre. The seeds are spread by foot traffic and pets. At maturity, the flower produces a prickly seed pod which is a menace during the warmer months – just when we are trying to enjoy our beautiful lawns.
Bindii can be managed by hand or by applying a selective broadleaf herbicide like Amgrow Bin-Die Weed Control or LSA All Purpose Weed Control. By blanket-spraying all affected areas with one of these selective herbicides, the bindii should die off within 7-10 days. These products will help to eradicate Bindii and are safe to use on most varieties of buffalo except the ST varieties. Bin-Die is suitable for use on most other grasses including Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo Lawn, Sir Grange Zoysia, TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda, Nullarbor Couch Grass, and Eureka Premium VG Kikuyu. When using herbicides, wait until the products have dried and absorbed before letting your pets back out onto the lawn.
A couple of repeat applications may be required to kill off Bindii that continue to emerge.
Best Time To Treat Bindii
Bindii grows in the winter and goes to seed in early spring. The best time to target Bindii is in winter before it produces the seed pod and spreads throughout your lawn.
The best way to keep on top of Bindii is through prevention – this includes regularly fertilising and watering your lawn.
This will help your lawn become healthier and less susceptible to the infiltration of weeds.
Raising your lawn mower height is particularly important in winter as it will help you to avoid scalping of your grass. Scalping makes your lawn more susceptible to weed invasion.
When weeds do occur, it’s important to take action early. That way you can get on top of them before they’re more difficult to manage.