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Identify this weed please ?

tomhumftomhumf Posts: 65

Could anyone tell me what these are? I try and dig the whole root but it seems really hard to get rid of. Thanks 😕


  • B3B3 Posts: 26,954
    It's marestail
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,068
    edited May 2021
    Oh dear! Mares tail is very hard to get rid of and pretty resistant to weed killer. It is waxy and has deep roots. You could try mixing some glyphosate with some wallpaper paste and painting it on but you will have to do it more than once.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • tomhumftomhumf Posts: 65
    Hmm, I'm trying to not use any weedkiller. It seems to be around the harder clay soil areas not where I've spread compost. I suppose I'll just weed and try and improve my soil in those areas. 
  • FireFire Posts: 18,018
    Good luck with that.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,863
    Info and advice here

    Don’t let it spread!

    Good luck 🤞 

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

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