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Judith 5Judith 5 Posts: 108

Hi

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anyone know what this weed in my lawn is. It is getting worse each year and doesn't seem to get killed by the lawn weed and feed products.

Thanks

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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,559

    I think it's field woodrush, luzula campestris.  It likes acid conditions and thrives in lawns which have a lot of thatch.

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • Judith 5Judith 5 Posts: 108

    Thanks. There is a lot of thatch but we don't have acid soil. I keep mowing to take the heads off  so it doesn't seed but don't know what else to do.

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,559

    I think if you google luzula campestris there may be some advice...  I'm afraid my "lawn" is mostly not grass - moss and "wild flowers" (or weeds, if you prefer!) so I don't know what treatment you might need.  image

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,553

    They're often in acid soil but I have seen them in alkaline. Improving drainage might help. I don't think lawn weedkillers can tell woodrush from grass so wouldn't be effective.

  • Judith 5Judith 5 Posts: 108

    Thanks everyone. It's puzzling as the lawn is South facing and has no drainage problems. There is moss and thatch tho. One side of the lawn has a rhododendron hedge along it, so perhaps the soil is more  acidic than I thought. 

     

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,553

    I think you must have acid soil to produce a rhodo hedge like thatimage

  • Judith 5Judith 5 Posts: 108

    Hmmm....I have a soil testing kit somewhere, I'll have to try it. Camellias don't do so well here tho'. 

  • Judith 5Judith 5 Posts: 108

    Was that meant for me Edd?? image

  • Judith 5Judith 5 Posts: 108

    There certainly was a lot of thatch

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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,559

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    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
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