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My lawn is really suffering, masses of moss, weeds and poor grass growth after last years long dry summer. The biggest weed problem is a very short growing carex, I don't know its name. It is starting to flower now, a dark brown flower, and it has spread over the years. I am now trying to mow it before it flowers to prevent it spreading further. But how can I get rid of it?
Lawn weed and feed won't have any effect on the carex as it is a grass-like leaf. 
Please, does anyone have a solution? 


  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,994
    I'm afraid carex is an almost indestructible plant.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,613
    You'd probably have to dig them out by hand :/ 
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,369
    Is it possibly luzula the field woodrush, you say it is small.
    Look up Luzula campestris.

    What is says about it (if it is that plant) is it grows and spreads with acidic soil which is often down to moss growth which helps to make acidic conditions which it likes.
    So you have the right idea cutting it so it does not flower. And if you improve the conditions by feeding the grass and moss killing, it would make it less inviting for it to spread.

    Sorry if it is the wrong plant, it just sounds more like woodrush which I had a few patches of. I dug them out but still had some return, fed and left the grass a little longer and fingers crossed seems to have gone now.

    Other than the above suggestion even if it is a carex of some kind I hope the above would still stand.
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