Bindii Treatment Guide
Bindy eye (Soliva sessilis) also commonly known as bindii, field burweed and jo jo is a widespread lawn weed throughout Australia. Bindy eye is a winter growing annual that originated from South America. Bindy eye tolerates drought well and grow well in bare conditions. It infests lawns, parks, footpaths, gardens and spreads easily in areas with worn, compacted, nutrient deficient turf particularly if the soil is lacking Nitrogen. Bindy eye produces a seed capsule usually from August-September that initially is soft and green in colour but as the temperature gets hotter, they form hard brown prickles.
Why is bindii a problem?
A bindy infestation can reduce the use of lawn and recreational areas due to the hard prickles produced from the weed that can pierce the skin if stepped on with bare feet. These prickles can cause significant discomfort and will lodge themselves in the skin requiring removal.
The stems and leaves of bindy eye are green and covered in soft hairs. The leaves form a rosette which in spring produce a green/yellow flower that forms into spiny seeds. The bindy eye spreads via its seeds through attaching to the fur of animals and embedding in footwear and clothing. They can also be transported through lawn clippings.
How to Kill Bindii
To treat 200m2 of turf, mix 130mL of Cutlass M Herbicide into 5-8L of water apply to actively growing weeds and moist soil.
- Do not mow turf for two days before or after application
- Only spray actively growing weeds
- Ensure all weeds are thoroughly wet from application
- Avoid fertilising within two weeks of spraying
- Do not re-apply to Buffalo Grass within 12 months
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