Gary Fish, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry
Rebecca Long, UMaine Extension
Caragh Fitzgerald, UMaine Extension
hawkweed control, hawkweed in lawns
Rights and Access Note
Adapted with permission from King County, Washington State, Noxious Weed Control Program Best Management Practices, 2010
In Maine, hawkweed is not on the state’s invasive plant list, although it is in other states. Hawkweed can be a concern to homeowners with lawns that get infested with it. It can also be a problem where the grass is not thriving due to low fertility, dry soils, or compaction. It can also be a problem in pastures and hayfields. Hawkweed does have a few redeeming qualities for pollinators. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you don’t mind seeing these little yellow or orange flowers spring up above your grass and you are in low maintenance mode for your lawn, it’s not a problem. If you want a perfect uniform green grass lawn, then yes, you need to control it.
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Coffin, Donna, "Hawkweed in Maine Lawns" (2022). Garden & Yard. 5.