Smooth hawksbeard can be both an annual or biennial weed and with its long toothed leaves and bright yellow flowers, it is similar in appearance to the dandelion. However this weed is generally confined to neglected lawns and grassy areas, rather than on managed turf. It forms as a basal rosette during spring and early summer and spreads via seed. It has a deep fleshy taproot and can often be found in coastal sites.
The long narrow leaves are heavily toothed with downward pointing teeth.
Smooth hawksbeard is common on coastal sites, especially on light free draining soils.
- Smooth hawksbeard can be removed by hand, taking care the whole of the root is removed from the ground.
- Ensure the soil has adequate moisture during dry periods in the summer and irrigate if necessary.
- Promote a healthy lawn with good lawn care practices to prevent weeds.
Smooth hawksbeard can be removed using a selective weed killer, however, more than one treatment may be required for satisfactory control.