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Hi everyone,

I was hoping someone will be able to help me here, I have quite a lot of weeds coming up in my lawn and have tried searching through loads of pictures to try and identify what they are but had no luck.







 To give you a bit of background, I bought the house last year and the garden was a complete jungle with ivy everywhere, rotten trees and weeds. The whole lot was treated to a few months of blasting everything with roundup, as many roots dug out as possible, rotavated and new lawn grown from seed which seems to have taken well.

Those 3 types of weed are the main culprits that are now ruining it all and I was hoping someone would know what they are and what selective weedkiller would work on them as there are just too many to make manually removing them feasible otherwise I'll have to look at killing off a few sections of the lawn and starting again.




  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,279

    I think -(could be wrong and probably am) - The first is Viper's Bugloss, the second is Oxford Ragwort and the third is goosegrass.image

    They aren't difficult to remove by hand. 

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Tom PTom P Posts: 7

    Thanks pansyface, the 2nd one is difficult in the quantity that I have image as its covering a large area quite densely. If i start right now I might get finished by autumn image

  • I'd say the first one is red deadnettle not sure about 2 and agree with 3.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Tom PTom P Posts: 7

    Hi Bob, yes the first one is definately red deadnettle, spot-on

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    and definitely goosegrass as well

    not ragwort. Maybe one of those yellow dandelion like flowers, hawkweed, cat's ear or one of those. I've never learned to tell them apart

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Tom PTom P Posts: 7

    Thanks for the advice everyone

    I've removed the goose grass by hand, the red deadnettle and the other one have been given a blast with some resolva so I'll give it a few weeks and see what happens

  • The middle one might be Geum urbanum, Wood Avens. It's a common rosette-forming garden weed with small yellow flowers.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    I can't see wood avens there landgirl. That's one of my most prolific weeds. I've removed some today.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Whatever they are, I'm sure a treatment with Evergreen 80 in the spring will kill them off and perk the lawn up.

    I would hesitate to treat lawn weeds with Resolva - it's amazing how even the most directly aimed squirt affects the grass surrounding the weed.

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

  • Tom PTom P Posts: 7

    I have to admit I was a bit reluctant however if I kill a few bits it's not the end of the world as I need to overseed the far end of the garden and sort out a few drainage issues so can sort that at the same time.

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