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hi all , I have a weed in my garden , think in comes under the fence from the neighbour, it has small green foliage but can have massive long roots which are like string in spring it goes bananas and gets everywhere, I,be tried all sorts, pulling by hand , gel, weed killers etc but nothing stops it , have attached a picture for reference








  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,162

    It's always easier to ID a plant that's still growing but that looks very like ground elder to me.image

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Nick, it's Ground Elder.  Wait until you see flowers beginning to form then spray it all thoroughly with glyphosate.  You must then wait for it to die down completely before removing the dead leaves and stems.  If you don't wait, the roots won't be killed.

    Unfortunately, as it is coming in from your neighbours garden, it will come back through the boundary so try to persuade them to do the same on their side at the same time.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Snap (as is often the case) nut! image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,966

    Not pyracantha - leaves wrong, description of growth and roots wrong.  Pyracantha is a woody shrub with tree-like roots and glossy simple leaves.

    Looks like ground elder to me as well. image

    As Bob says, if treating with glyphosate you must wait for the weed to die and turn brown before pulling/digging it up.  Only then will the poison have reached the roots.

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

  • Ok thanks I'll give it a go , have I got to treat all of the leaves / heads or just a few, will take forever to treat all as it sprouts all over the place

  • Hi Nick

    Had this is my garden and does need perseverance.

    Follow instructions as already suggested - treat all the leaves more than once if necessary until they go brown.

    Use weed control fabric if you can on some areas.

    It's quite a nasty weed but you will win the battle if you persevere with roundup or other glyphosate weedkiller
  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    I'd paint it on.

    Both sides of the foliage.

    You'll need to do this more than once
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 7,897
    I believe the Romans introduced ground elder as an edible plant. Some people use it in the same way you use flat leaf parsley.

    Maybe you could grow to love it. That will make it disappear image
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,706

    I had this in a bed in my old house. I forked out as much as I could and then planted single flowered tagetes. Something in the roots is supposed to be toxic to certain plants. If you don't want to nuke it with glyphosate, it has to be worth a go.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,966
    aym280 wrote (see)

    Dove: Thank god for my ignoranceimageimage! It's nothing something that I want to know. Oh, dear, sounds like a nightmare ...

    If you don't know Ground Elder then you're a very fortunate gardener image

    I inspected this garden very carefully before we bought the house image

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

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