Broadleaf Weed

Broadleaf weeds are unwanted pugnacious and tough plants that grow mostly around free areas in a lawn, garden or yard. They are often very easy to spot because they are different from normal grasses. They multiply with ease and can be very hard to control.

Broadleaf weeds are a problem because they compete with turf grass for
  • Growing space
  • Water
  • Nutrients
  • Sunlight

We may also want to deal with these weeds for the following reasons
  • Aesthetics: Turf areas are often a monostand grass species and it’s the uniformly standing grass, which gives these areas aesthetic value. Weed infestations negatively impact on the “the look” of the area.
  • Sports surface quality: Many sports played on turf require a quality surface with an even smoothness, particularly ball sports, ranging from soccer and hockey to golf and lawn bowls. Weeds generally have a different growth habit and make the surface uneven.
  • Dangerous sports surface: Weeds can be dangerous on sports turf surfaces where traction is important. For example, on football pitches or racetracks.
  • Hazards: Weeds such as bindie produce sharp burrs which can affect the use of areas like recreational lawns. Many broadleaf weeds attract bees when flowering and this can be another hazard in turf areas used for recreation.

Tackling broadleaf weeds – the key facts
In turf, broadleaf weeds are generally more active over the winter, however, some are only active in summer while other species are active all year.

When broadleaf weeds are an obvious problem, it’s often because there are a number species in one location. Monostands of a particular weed can occur but generally, consider treatment for several species when developing a management plan.
Traditional broadleaf herbicides include a number of active ingredients to achieve adequate control on a range of broadleaf weeds.

In some cases, these weeds have difficult to wet foliage (waxy or hairy) and additional surfactants may have to be considered when using herbicides

Recommended products

Esplanade-herbicide Herbicide


Suspension Concentrate

Esplanade Herbicide has been developed specifically for the...

See product
roundup-biactive Herbicide

Roundup Biactive

Roundup Biactive is a non-volatile, water soluble liquid...

See product

Other Problems

Black Thistle - Bayer - Golf Management


A perennial broadleaf weed with a sharp, spiny leaf that...

Read more
Goosegrass - Bayer - Golf Management


Goosegrass grass (known as Crowsfoot in the USA) is a...

Read more
Crowsfoot Grass


Read more
Creeping Oxalis - Bayer Golf Management

Creeping Oxalis

It is an incredibly competitive and invasive species. The...

Read more
Winter Grass - Bayer Golf Management

Winter Grass

Winter Grass is a low growing turf grass. It appears as a...

Read more


Grass weeds are a problem because they compete with...

Read more
Cudweed - Bayer Golf Management


They are annual or short lived perennials with grey-green,...

Read more


Fleabane is a A short-lived herbaceous plant developing a...

Read more
Capeweed - Bayer - Golf Management


It is an incredibly competitive weed which can result in...

Read more
Cat's ear - Bayer Golf Management

Cat's ear

Cat's ear distinguishes by a rosette of basal leaves that...

Read more
Chickweed - Bayer - Golf Management


Chickweed is a delicate annual weed with angular stems.

Read more
White-clover - Bayer Golf Management

White Clover

This European native is by far the most important clover...

Read more
Summergrass - Bayer Golf Management


This is a globally common grass that can be invasive. It...

Read more


Paspalum is a perennial summer growing grass with short...

Read more
Plantago - Bayer - Golf Management


Plantao, Lambs Tongue or Plantain, is a perennial weed that...

Read more
Ryegrass - Bayer Golf Management


Ryegrass has both annual and perennial species appearing in...

Read more
Bindi - Bayer Golf Management


Bindii is a small rosette-forming weed with stolons that...

Read more