Weeds

The problem all gardeners face is how to deal with weeds that crop up everywhere – pathways, lawns, garden beds, and even in pot plants.

Luckily, we’ve got some great organic tips to beat them without resorting to dangerous herbicides. Here we made a list of common garden weeds in Australia with brief tips on how to identify and get rid of them using non-toxic methods. Just click on the pictures to find out more about them!

Bindi weed

Bindi weed

Hello, I'm Bindii weed Botanical Name Bindii weed's botanical name is Soliva sessilis DESCRIBE YOURSELF I originally come from South America so I am an exotic pest! I am bright lime green in colour and I produce prickles or burrs each spring. These prickles contain...

Blackberry Nightshade

Blackberry Nightshade

Hello, I am Blackberry Nightshade Botanical Name Solanum nigrum DESCRIBE YOURSELF I am tall with dark green leaves. As a nightshade I have small white flowers and black or blue berries, which contain the seeds for next year’s crop of weeds. I have a strong root system...

Nutgrass

Nutgrass

Nutgrass is a tall grass-like plant with a deep-rooted nut, which is best dealt with by hand weeding.

Dandelion

Dandelion

Hello, I am Dandelion Botanical Name Taraxacum DESCRIBE YOURSELF Everyone knows me from childhood when they blew my dandelion seed heads to make a wish! Although as a gardener you wish I wasn't in your garden! I am the original broad leaf flatweed, although there are...

Billygoat weed

Billygoat weed

Hello, I'm Billygoat weed Botanical Name Ageratum conyzoides DESCRIBE YOURSELF I am an annual or short-lived perennial. My leaves are green, with fine hairs making me furry leaves. Billygoat weed has mauve-coloured flowers that some people find quite...

Purslane

Purslane

Hello, I'm Purslane Botanical Name Portulaca oleracea DESCRIBE YOURSELF I am actually a herb, with fleshy light green to golden leaves and stems. As the sap from Purslane leaves can be used to alleviate pain and itch from insect bites, I am a valuable addition to your...

Oxalis

Oxalis

Hello, I'm Oxalis Botanical Name for Oxalis Oxalis acetosella DESCRIBE YOURSELF I am called oxalis because I contain high levels of oxalic acid. I'm also known as soursop. As I have a similar leaf structure I am sometimes confused with clover. My leaves are bright...

Hairy Commelina

Hairy Commelina

Hello, I'm Hairy Commelina Botanical Name Commelina benghalensis DESCRIBE YOURSELF Previously I was known as Wandering Jew, I am a long-lived creeping weed with bright blue flowers. There are two main varieties of hairy commelina, one with a three petalled flower and...

Cobblers Pegs

Cobblers Pegs

Hello, I'm Cobblers Pegs Botanical Name Bidens pilosa DESCRIBE YOURSELF I am a short- lived, perennial plant that is green in colour, although older leaves can be reddish. My small daisy-like flowers, are attractive with white petals and a yellow centre. I quickly...