Treating Bindii – take action now before the prickles come back!
Bindii, Jo-jo, Onehunga, Soliva pterosperma – doesn’t matter what you call it – it’s a pest and the bane of backyards across South East Queensland. Bindii is a low growing weed with a flower at its centre.
At maturity, the flower produces a prickly seed pod which is a menace during the warmer months when we are trying to enjoy our lawns.
Bindii can be managed by hand or by applying a selective broadleaf herbicide like Bin-Die or 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 and Nullarbor Couch Grass.
A couple of repeat applications may be required in order to kill off Bindiis that continue to emerge.
Bindii grows in the Winter and go 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 by regularly fertilising and watering. This will help your lawn become healthier and less susceptible to the infiltration of weeds.
Raising your lawn mower height is especially important in winter and will help you to avoid scalping of your grass.
Scalping will also make your lawn more susceptible to weed invasion. When weeds do occur, it is important to take action early. That way you can get on top of them before they are more difficult to manage.