What is the legal weed called plantain

Prevention and control of plantains

Plantain is an aggressive weed found mostly in lawns, ornamental beds, and gardens. It can be found in almost any neglected landscape or natural setting, especially in wet areas with little sun. Plantains can take over almost as easily as dandelions. Take control of them with quick identification and removal.

Identify plantain weeds

Plantains are perennial weeds. They have a flat, thick taproot that keeps them alive through the winter. They sprout in the middle of spring, and then send out a flower stalk in early summer. The flower and its seeds are dispersed by the wind, which quickly spreads the plant around your garden.

Plantains have medium green, oval leaves that form flat rosettes. The foliage can be wide or narrow. In late spring, flower spines appear with dozens of tiny flower buds. Sometimes it is difficult to tell when the plantain is actually blooming, as the flowers are almost indistinguishable from the buds.

There are two types of plantain:

  • Deciduous plantain (Plantago major) is known as plantain and has smooth, oval leaves that are 2 to 6 inches long. Its peduncle is crowned by a circular flower that can be about 2 to 3 inches tall. Its tap root can be up to 18 inches long.
  • Buckhorn plantain (Plantago lanceolata), despite its name, is also considered a weed. It has leaves 3 to 10 inches in length with a lanceolate shape. The flower stalk can get quite large - up to 2 1/2 feet. Your taproot isn't as hearty and long as the broad-leaved variety, and can even branch out.

Destruction of plantains

Plantains are a stubborn weed that can be a major problem for gardeners. They form a dense cluster of individual plants. If they appear on your lawn or garden and you take no steps to remove them, they will crowd out desirable plants. Lawn mowers and other equipment can also harbor seeds or broken tap roots, which can allow the plant to spread further.

For maximum control, remove all plantains before planting seeds. The most effective way to get rid of plantains is to dig them up to make sure you get all of the root. Pieces of root remaining in the soil can regenerate and the plantains can return.

To grow plantains, water the area a day before weeding. Use a flat screwdriver or dandelion excavator to loosen the soil around the tap root. Once the root appears to be free, pull out the entire plant and root. If you can't get to weeding, take out all of the flower stems as soon as they emerge. This will prevent the plantain from spreading its seeds in your garden.

Prevent plantains

Plantains thrive on compacted soil, sparsely or over-mowed lawns, damp shade, and areas that are inconsistently watered. To prevent business from setting up in your yard and lawn, aerate your lawn in the fall (especially when the soil is compacted) and cover everything with compost. Mow your lawn high and sow sparse areas. In general, a healthy, full lawn makes it nearly impossible for plantains to establish themselves.

Used for plantains

If you have plantains, take advantage of their antiseptic properties the next time you get a mosquito bite. Pick a leaf, chop it up, and rub it on your mosquito bites. It will quickly relieve the itching and redness.