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What is taking over my garden

Having been a keen reader of the forum the time has come to ask for advice. I am not a novice gardener but as you will see no expert either.

I moved into my house last year dug over the overgrown front garden. It was mostly lawn with some old perennials I noticed very few weeds. The soil is heavy clay so I laid a thick mulch of compost bought from a local supplier.

This year my plants are doing well but the whole garden has been invaded by the plant shown in my photograph. Not just a few but literally hundreds given it is a small Victorian terrace that is a lot of plants!!  I am presuming my digging let loose the monster but what is it?

I  did dig them out a few weeks ago but I now have a whole new crop. Has anyone any idea what it is and how best to remove it?

Secondly I was planning to mulch with bark in the next week but presume I should now wait until the "plant" has been eradicated.

Would be grateful for any advice at all.  






  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,350

    Some, but not quite all, look like one of the willowherbs to me.Their seed blows in the wind and could come from anywhere. It's not rosebay willowherb but I can't get any more precise than that

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    I second Willow Herb. Hoe it out or pull it up.
  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    I third it, I have loads of them and the same type of soil. They are easy to dig up and get rid of.


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  • Thanks everyone,really helpful. Reassuring to know I might be winning the battle. Will wait a week or two before mulching to ensure I have them all.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,350

      We regularly have masses of it here too, but it's easy to yank out  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,717

    if you can get a dry day ( ha ha ha ) you can just hoe them off at this time of year.

  • turmericturmeric Posts: 828

    Def willowherb. We had a similar question recently with same plant in the photo and everyone said willowherb Greenfingers. Easy to get remove and best to get rid of now before it flowers and sets seed again. Mulch afterwards.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,350

    rosebay WH is not the only one with more resistant roots. Dig one up and see what's there. Juts a root, no problem.

    Long runners spreading out from the root, make sure you get it all out

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Ooops. they did seem to be shallow rooted when I pulled them but will look more carefully next time. It was the number of them that worried me, Will  wait and ensure the area is clear before mulching.

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