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What's this mess?

B3B3 Posts: 25,270
Is it grass,alium, muscari or a mixture ?
Whatever it is,it's a tangled  mess.
Thought I'd better  check before I get the  hoe  out.

In London. Keen but lazy.


  • is it couch grass?
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,270
    Probably  . Whatever it is  I've  taken agin it!
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,196
    Have you got any alliums near - they do seed themselves very well. It looks as though there is grass there as well. I think I'd carefully dig the clump up, not hoe it. If there are any bulbs in it you want to keep, you can gently replant them.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,270
    Thanks @Lizzie27
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • I would dig everything out, sort through and pot up temporarily anything which looks as though it may be of interest. Cultivate the soil and remove any sign of perennial weed ( couch grass goes a long way!) and replant when you know what you want to keep.
    These little mysteries are what keeps us gardeners continually curious as to what plants may turn out to be.
    A gardener's work is never at an end  - (John Evelyn 1620-1706)
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,270
    I know there's stuff I planted in or around the patch but nothing I couldn't live without. It's getting into my snow in summer and carnations which I'd rather protect but muscari mixed in would've been nice
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,901
    If you dig it up, you should be able to retrieve and replant any bulbs.  Hoeing won't kill couch grass - you really need to dig up and remove the roots.  Any bits of the snow-in-summer that get dug up can be separated out from the grass roots and replanted if you like, but it's so vigorous that it'll repopulate the area quickly anyway.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,126
    In amongst the grass I can see: top middle, nigella greenery. To the right of that, variegated vinca. And next to that, forget me not and herb robert. The bottom is a lone dandelion and possibly snow in summer. I'd pick out the grass by hand due to the close proximity of plants.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,270
    Well spotted @Gardenmaiden. They're all there!
    I'll pick out the couch grass and see what's left. Thanks all.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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