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Prevention and -Control of PlantainsThe genus Plantago commonly known as the broadleaf plantain and buckhorn plantain. It is an unwanted guest in your yard.

It is a perennial herb that grows all around the year. Only thing that hinders its germination is the extreme harsh weather i.e. extreme hot weather and extreme cold one.


The first stage in this regard is to identify this recurrent vice of the garden.

It is an herb with a short threatening hard circlet. This crown has rubbery tough roots connected with. It has oval shaped blades as leaves with several veins. These blades are 2 to 7 inches long.


Plantains are the weeds that have driven the horticulturists wild over a period of time. They are running crazy to nip the evil in the bud. The solution to this problem is quite systematic. One cannot get them wiped off the surface of the yard but yes he can get rid of it for a couple of months or so. 

Keep in mind prevention is better than cure. So first we are going to talk about how to prevent it from growing. 

This blog is going to show you the ways to destroy this pest. 

Which way to be adopted to be the best horticulturist for exterminating the vile plantains?

To answer this question, we have to mind the factors that support its growth.

The first step in this regard is to remove the compacted soil as compacted soil is ideal for the germination and growth of plantains. Sparse or too closely mown yards also act as host to such weeds. In the list we should also add the moist shades or those parts of the lawn which are neglected during proper irrigation. 

plantiansSo first thing first, these factors should be terminated.

The question is how?

The most important thing is to aerate the lawn properly. Do not let the weeds pile up in your yard.

This guide is going to show you how to get your lawn in proper shape and saying goodbye to the plantains. 

But what if it nurtures and develops in the garden?

Here comes the time for the horticulturist to wear the garden gears.

Its management depends upon its size and health and the type of the grass or plants it is dwelling among. To manage it simply and easily reeds reduction, proper irrigation, and proper mowing is required. No single tactic is considered to wipe out this vice alone. The gardeners have not agreed upon a solo solution to be preferred. So they adopt many. 

Mentioned here are all the possible solutions the gardener is looking for. There is no need to raom around. Just look into these ways out

Weeding the plantains is the first step the greens keeper will adopt.

We are to discuss pros and cons of plucking up the vicious weed.  

The ways described by the expert horticulturists to liberate your lawn is to dig up the weed. The   uprooting can only be a solution if the plantain is small and has not got deep rooted.

What are the insignificances of uprooting the plantain?

The response to this is, it regrows if the roots are not terminated properly. Still it’s a solution to be tension free of this vicious weed. The gardener has to dampen the targeted place properly. He has to do so in order to make the soil soft and the process less hectic. Ensure the entire root gets deracinated. So plucking up the broadleaf plantain is not the solution especially when it has got stronger.

If the root does not get properly uprooted the chances of regrowth will haunt you again. 

Then what can be another solution?

The second thing is to dig the plantain up.

The answer is no, but it takes away your headache for a while. Digging the herb with garden hoe or shovel can save much of the time and penny.  

Using a herbicide 

We are going to talk about which herbicide to prefer. We are also going to discuss the reason for using a specific fungicide or toxicant to use. 

Pre emergence herbicides

These herbicides are the ones which we have to use before the plantain emerges fully into the turf grass. It is used to make the sprouting and germination of plantain in turfgrass restricted. These herbicides should have the ingredients atrazine, indaziflam, isoxaben, and mesotrione.

Post emergence herbicide

 The plantain seedling can be well limited by the timely use of post emergence broadleaf herbicides. Their recurrent use can be a well defined procedure to terminate them while they are still immature. They can control plantain saplings. This should be done well in the right time as with the passage of time the herb grows mature and its procedure with the herbicide gets more and more complicated. 

Supplementary use of post emergence herbicide alternatives include the following formulas.

  • Bromoxynil
  • Carfentrazone
  • Dicamba
  • Mesotrione
  • Penoxsulam
  • and sulfentrazone. 

Quinclorac is good to use against buckthorn plantain but its use to control broadleaf plantain is reported to be disappointing and unsatisfactory. 

Clopyralid herbicides is also used to exterminate the weed. Its demerit is that it demands the highest label rate for broadleaf plantain limitation.

The chemicals used as herbicides containing bispyribac-sodium, chlorosulfuron, fluroxypyr, triclopyr, MCPA, and mecoprop will only overpower the growth and germination of the weed. Theses have not been recommended for the horticulturists who want to destroy the weed from the roots. In such a case, the gardeners or the greens keeper are suggested to use blends of these herbicides to a proper proportion. 

 Theses perennial and stubborn weeds will not dissipate into air on a single use of the post emergent chemicals. It is needed to use these products periodically as prescribed by the company. 

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