Re: The yard & garden line is OPEN
Doh! Lemme try again...stupid glasses, or attention span or brain!
Anyway, for Buckhorn Plantain (or Plantago lanceolata for those of us who prefer the exact name, which avoids the confusion we just went through and which allows me to sound like a real plant guy) and really for any Plantain you are facing a tough managment issue. If you are not into broadleaf herbicide (2-4-d) which is basically what all turfgrass fert/weedkillers use, then you can dig them out. If the infestation is minor, then digging is not a big deal.
You can apply herbicide right now, but I'm guessing you have a pretty well established plant and herbicides work best on young plants. And with Buckhorn Plantain, it's narrower leaves are less likely to hold onto the herbicide, so it may not be as effective.
The best answer is to manage early and often. Ever notice how soft Plantain leaves are when they are just coming up? The roots are shallow- you can pop 'em right out of the ground. Next year, get the buggers right when they start appearing, whether by herbicide or by pulling. For now, at the very least, don't let them go to seed. That's next year's problem and you can help yourself by prevention. Mow the stuff, or snap those seed heads off.
Lastly...Plantago is edible and often used in herbal medicine. So, you know, there's a potential dinner out there waiting for you.
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