Hawksbeard, and similar species catsear, dandelion, hawkbit and oxtongue, are common weeds of New Zealand gardens. They are often found in lawns, wasteland, pasture and roadsides.

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Hawksbeard is included in a group of dandelion like weeds with rosettes of leaves close to the ground and branched leafy flower stalks crowned with clusters of yellow dandelion like flowers.


In Lawns

In Garden Beds

  • Spot treat with Weed Weapon Rapid Action or Weed Weapon Invade Gel. Weed Weapon is systemic and kills weeds down to the roots within 2-4 days and is an ideal product for use around established trees and shrubs. It is inactive in the soil so planting can be safely carried out soon after treatment.
  • For a fast acting organic solution use Kiwicare Weed Weapon Natural Power.
  • For best results use in Spring and Autumn when weeds and turf are growing.

In Paths and Driveways

  • For long term control on paths and driveways use Weed Weapon Long Term. This will kill a wide range of weeds and prevent regrowth for up to 12 months.
  • For a fast acting organic solution use Weed Weapon Natural Power.
  • For best results use in Spring and Autumn when weeds and turf are growing.

Did You Know Did You Know

There are five similar species with dandelion like flower heads:

  • Dandelions have a single large flowerhead at the end of a short hollow stem which exudes white sap when cut.
  • Hawksbeard has smaller flowerheads on taller, leafy, branched stems.
  • Hawkbit are large and are at the top of solid, leafless, unbranched stems.
  • Catsear has tall little branched, leafless stems.
  • Oxtongue has tall, stiff, bristled hairy stems and leaves.
  • Hawkbeard are weeds in the Genus Crepis

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