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Control Fleabane - Treatment


August 2, 2022


Searles Gardening Team

What does Fleabane look like and how to control it?

Fleabane is an annual, erect plant often found on compacted roadsides and pastureland, yet can also be found in gardens where little or no regular maintenance is done.

Recognising fleabane weed in lawns and gardens

Fleabane is a member of daisy family that produces small pale cream flowers that do not fully open until seeds are fully ripened and ready for dispersal by wind and rain. It forms tight rosettes of stiff, hairy leaves that provide a sliver sheen that can sometimes resemble thin dandelion leaves and can grow to nearly one metre in height. It has a deep taproot that holds strong in the ground and is capable of growing in very difficult conditions unsuitable for many other plants.  

How to control fleabane in lawns and gardens

Selective herbicides can be used but only with the assistance of a spreading agent, such as Searles Spredmax, to help the herbicide come in full contact with the foliage through the fine hairs that cover the foliage and stems. Alternatively, cut all foliage from the plant and apply a spray to the exposed crown. Continual tilling and cultivation of the soil will naturally control seed germination as it prefers to grow in undisturbed ground.


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