How to Remove Prickly Thorns From Your Lawn

Written by elizabeth knoll
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A lush green lawn seems to invite you to take a stroll across it barefoot. It feels soft against the soles of your feet. Inevitably though, you step on a pricker weed, and its thorns poke your foot. One of the most common pricker weeds is prickly lettuce. This is a broadleaved weed that grows in your grass during the summer months. Frost kills the weed in the winter, but more will sprout next year from new seeds.

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Things you need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Broadleaved weed killer

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  1. 1

    Put on a thick pair of gardening gloves. Gather the weed's prickly leaves in your hand, holding them near the weed's base.

  2. 2

    Pull the weed slowly out of the ground. Pulling too quickly causes the weed's leaves to tear off but leaves the roots in the ground. The weed will quickly rejuvenate from the roots.

  3. 3

    Spray a broadleaved weed killer onto the area the weed was growing. An herbicide with the chemical napropamide in it is especially toxic to prickly lettuce.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are unsure about the type of prickly weed growing in your yard, try to identify it before doing anything. Speak with your county's agricultural extension office. Some weeds spread seeds when pulled.

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