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please help weed taking over my garden

weeds are taking over, it looks like i havnt cut my grass in years but i have to do it each week, everytime i do it this weed that looks like leaves grows back thicker and faster everytime, it looks like i cant be bothered but i dont know how to stop it, im a single mum and even though i work 3 jobs the thought of paying a landscape gardener to re turf it and chop the trees back etc fills me with dread because i cant afford it unless done bit by bit month by month. i havnt got any extra hands to help me so its something i have to do on my own when i get a chance. any advise on the easiest way to dig everything up and cut back would be brill, i know its going to take ages and il be stuck with mud for a while but i know as soon as its done i can pay for someone to re turf and new fence etc. the people that used to live here didnt touch the garden it seemed and iv been left tackeling a complete nightmare that just seems to be getting worse everytime i cut it back, please help.



  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619

    Ok, I think the first step is to identify the weed(s) that are causing you to feel soI overwhelmed. Is there any chance you could post a picture?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,417

    a pic to ID the weed would be a good start Nikki

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • nikki canikki ca Posts: 6



  • nikki canikki ca Posts: 6

    Iv posted a pic hopefull you can see. It's literally had me in tears it like a nightmare and looks it to

  • nikki canikki ca Posts: 6

    I live in a Victorian town house, no horse will fit.. I'm not a gardening person so I have no clue At all. I work full time and part time in evenings and then at weekends. All I know is I have a nightmare on my hands and a neighbour that won't leave me alone about it and I know I'm sounding so dramatic but I don't know what else to do

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619

    Looks very much like ground elder to me, which is unfortunately one of the more pernicious perennial weeds, but it can be controlled. Mowing it won't kill it, but a combination of chemical control and light exclusion will knock it back.

    I'm not clear on why your neighbour is giving you a hard time about it, you have inherited the problem and have limited resources to deal with it.

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    I would tell that neighbour that instead of hounding you he/she could pull their finger out and give you a hand or at least some positive advice. If that's not possible, tell them to mind their own business and ignore them.image

    I'm sure someone on here with experience will advise you how to proceed, step by step in simple terms that a novice will understand!

    Chin up and don't despair!image

  • nikki canikki ca Posts: 6

    Oh she is just one of them people I think. It just feels like a nightmare no matter how much I chop it back it comes back bigger and faster. Iv seen something called Scotts Roundup Ultra 3000 does anyone know if this is any good ?

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    Charlie November wrote (see)

    I hate to suggest chemical warfare, but that's a broad-leafed weed in a lawn, and you can get things that kill doctyledonous plants like that without harming monocotyledonous grasses.

    The reason I hate to suggest it is that some of them are so persistent that you can use them to clear weeds out of a pasture, let horses graze in that pasture, heap the horsemuck in a corner, let it rot for a year, spread it around the roses and kill the roses because the weedkiller's still active after all that.

    The alternative is extreme trial of patience and your knees: paint it with glyphosate everywhere it comes up. It's probably linked underground (easy to check by pulling one out and seeing whether a fat white rhizome comes with it) and if it is you won't have to hit every surface piece, just enough of them in each "grid square" of the lawn.

    If you really want to do it all physically, I suppose you could cut two rows of turfs, then do a row at a time, cutting row 3, laying it on top of row 5, putting row 2 upside-down where row 1 was, cutting row 4, laying it on top of row 6, putting row 3 upside-down where row 2 was and so on. No guarantee of it killing things, but if you then turfed over that you'd be giving the new lawn a major headstart. Put some broad-leaf-only weedkiller between turned turfs and new turf and you've probably got it. Just be really careful not to get it on anything else.

    Charlie November, these paragraphs would give me a headache, let alone if I was an inexperienced gardener!!

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