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Hello All,

Hope you are well and families are safe.

Please forgive me if I've posted in the wrong area of the forum.

I need some help in identifying this weed. I can't seem to get rid of it. I'm a novice when it comes to gardening as you can tell by my dig it out attitude.

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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,638
    That looks like Arum Maculatum, sometimes called Lords and Ladies.

    You could dig up as much as you can but generally really hard to get out everything if it’s in a large area. A Glyphosate based weed-killer is another option but may need repeated treatment. 
  • Sox87Sox87 Posts: 8
    Many thanks for the reply.

    Will the Glyphosate based weed-killer damage the surrounding grass.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,902
    Yes it will kill the grass as well, you could use a paint brush or just do it on a non windy day and hope for the best. You can always put a few grass seeds down if any dies. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,588
    Yes, but you could cover it with a plastic sheet while you spray and leave it there a few hours while the glyphosate is absorbed by the arum leaves and dries.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Sox87Sox87 Posts: 8
    Many thanks for the replies.

    I have the seeds, any tips on keeping the pesky birds from eating them? and would this be the right time to lay the seeds. 
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,449
    Sorry to insist, but glyphosate is not an option. Dangerous stuff. >:)
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,588
    April is better from the point of view of soil temperatures and moisture - which gives you time to deal with teh arum.  Glyphosate takes 2 weeks to work and you may need a second application of the roots reshoot.  Grass seed won't like being sprayed or covered by plastic so take the first dry day you get and spray the arums.

    Alternatively, us a garden fork to get down and extract the arums with as much root as possible and then rake the soil level ready for seeding with grass.  You will then need to remove every new arum leaf that appears and quickly before it gets big enough to feed the roots.  Without the leafy food factories it will die, in time.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,449
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • Sox87Sox87 Posts: 8
    Obelixx said:
    April is better from the point of view of soil temperatures and moisture - which gives you time to deal with teh arum.  Glyphosate takes 2 weeks to work and you may need a second application of the roots reshoot.  Grass seed won't like being sprayed or covered by plastic so take the first dry day you get and spray the arums.

    Alternatively, us a garden fork to get down and extract the arums with as much root as possible and then rake the soil level ready for seeding with grass.  You will then need to remove every new arum leaf that appears and quickly before it gets big enough to feed the roots.  Without the leafy food factories it will die, in time.

    Many thanks....not quite getting the last paragraph. I did get to work with a fork but unfortunately some are growing to close to the fence line.


  • Sox87Sox87 Posts: 8
    Papi Jo said:
    Thank you is there an alternative which is less damaging 
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