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getting rid of weeds

Can anyone help please? This weed is taking over the garden and the containers - how can we get rid of it?


  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,045

    If it is as it sounds, Oxalis corniculata, then when you got it , you got it.  World wide, it is now reckoned to be one of the most persistent and pernicious of weeds. Weed killer will deal with it, to  some extent, but you need to keep at it and get every scrap of it, before it flowers.

    Pulling it out just leaves lots of tiny bulbils behind which regrow. The seeds explode and spread widely.

    I use a Flame gun weeder on the gravel paths. While it does not get rid of it completely, it has reduced the population.

    Have fun!

    PS. It also comes in the peat free composts as even the heat they generate does not kill the seeds. You also buy it when you buy plants as it is rife in Nurseries. too

  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,469

    I have learned to live with it,it is actually a very pretty little plant!

    I just dig it up if I can or just go round with a bottle of spray weedkiller if I can't.

    As weeds go it is not the worst IMHO.

    Just think you could have Japanese Knotweed,then you really would have a problem!!!

    Little bit more about it here:-



    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,469

    ...and if it was rare we would be falling over ourselves to get it!!!!!

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • Sandy18Sandy18 Posts: 9

    Thank you so much for your reply. Very helpful thanks again.

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