A lot of the weeds that we find in our lawns are edible and or have medicinal value. So instead of viewing your lawn weeds as just a problem see them as plants which should be removed and controlled manually and not thrown away but rather be used for their nutritional and medicinal value.
DANDELION – TARAXACUM OFFICINALE
This broad-leafed perennial weed which we have discussed before is probably your most common lawn weed which I am sure we have all experienced at some stage. The reason this weed can be difficult to control is that they have a very deep taproot. Please note that all parts of this plant are edible, but please first do some research as to how to use them in an edible manner. The flowers are tastiest when young and have a sweet, honey-like flavour. Please see our previous post on Dandelions.
WOOD SORREL/ OXALIS – OXALIS ACETOSELLA
This broadleaf perennial has light green clover-like leaves and cup-shaped yellow flowers in summer and autumn. Wood sorrel is an incredible thirst quencher and is refreshing to eat. The leaves, flowers, and immature green seed pods are all edible having a mild sour flavour that some say resemble lemons. Wood sorrel can be added to salads, used in soups, sauces and it can also be used as a seasoning. Please remember to only eat this plant in moderation (once in a while) as it contains oxalic acid and this if ingested in bulk or to regularly can be slightly toxic.
WHITE CLOVER – TRIFOLIUM REPENS
This broadleaf perennial has distinctive three lobe leaves and white cluster flowers. This weedy plant is actually quite beneficial to the health of soil as it is part of the legume family and therefore is a nitrogen-fixing plant, increasing the nitrogen in your soil by converting it into an available and accessible form. The flowers have a sweet, anise, liquorice like flavour and were used in folk medicine for gout and rheumatism. Native Americans used whole clover plants in salads and made a white clover leaf tea for coughs and colds. Please note when choosing flowers to eat, that flowers which are not fresh and turning brown are very bitter, and also eat flowers in moderation as they can be difficult to digest if over consumed raw. Cooking them can help with this. Leaves are also edible but eat in moderation.