Woodrush in lawns

Field woodrush can be a weed of lawns on acid soils. Most gardeners will only become aware that it is present in the lawn when the brown, tassle-like flowerheads appear in spring. These, together with the coarse leaves, can be unsightly in a weed-free lawn. Reducing soil acidity is the main way to keep field woodrush in check.

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Field woodrush. Credit: RHS Herbarium.

Quick facts

Common name Field woodrush, woodrush
Latin name Luzula campestris
Areas affected Lawns
Timing Brown flowerheads seen in spring; treat in summer

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