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Creeping buttercup - live and let live as ground cover, or fight the good fight?

A couple of winters ago I planted a 'shrubbery wilderness' using fairly ordinary winter hardy shrubs interspersed with tough perennials. I sprayed off the ground with Roundup a couple of times prior to planting, and the shrubs are doing well, but while I was considering a suitable ground cover to put between them, the creeping buttercup returned and has now colonised much of the space under and around the shrubs. As this is a 'semi-wild' scheme, I am now pondering whether to just let the buttercup do its thing as natural ground cover, or to try and eradicate it. As the surrounding grass paths are full of the I  making a rod for my own back?



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,253
    I dig it out when I plant something, but it tends to return, along with celandines. If you like it, leave it. If you have a better ground cover, let them fight it out.
  • I agree, just remove it as and when you want to plant something else, otherwise let it run about. If you feel unhappy with it follow my late Mother's motto ' If ought offends you - get rid!' her other saying was ' If in doubt - do nowt!'
    A gardener's work is never at an end  - (John Evelyn 1620-1706)
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,086
    As above ........... but don't turn your back on it!!! scared

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,121
    I really do like natural planting schemes ; yours looks excellent !
    What would be gained by complete removal ? Just (as above) keep under control and remove where you intend planting more species .
    I take it you've a rather large oak nearby ; the fallen leaves make a great contrast to the greenery on the ground !
  • I just let it grow, my "lawn" is more creeping buttercup than grass. I wanted a wildlife area so I suppose I got it for free!!
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