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hundreds of saplings(?) in my lawn

hi hope you are all well, and thanks in advance for your help.

I'm a complete newby to gardening, so please be gentle. 

We bought a new house last year with a reasonable garden. earlier this year/ late last year, we had lots of little helicopter type seeds from a large tree in our neighbours garden land all over our garden. i didn't do anything about them...now i have hundred of little saplings growing in my lawn and id like to get rid of them...(i'll know now for next year to hoover them up....).

ive tried weedkilling lawn feed / lawn grower (evergreen complete 4 in 1) this stuff here     https://www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk/shop/evergreen-complete-lawn-care-4-in-1-200m2-0800002545/

but it doesn't seem to have touched them (it has killed a lot of moss already though, there's a lot of black moss patches now)

i only spread this on Saturday (2 days ago), so maybe i haven't given it enough time...however, if they remain untouched, what can i do? the pictures of the saplings and the seeds and the tree they came from are attached. 

ive bought an electric scarifer but haven't used it yet, as i was going to wait a few days for the moss to die, but maybe this will help?

i could also just pull them all out by hand, but i wondered if this would actually get rid of them permanently. 

I would be very grateful for your advice, thanks again, 

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  • SussexsunSussexsun Posts: 1,444

    They are sycamor seedlings. Very easy to just pick out

    To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,510

    Those look like sycamore seeds ....... don't panic ..... just mow your lawn regularly and they'll die.

     If you left them to grow you'd have a forest, but at that size they don't survive having their tops lopped off.   I promise you that's the case.  We have similar ash tree seeds all over our lawns every year.  All we do is mow the lawns. 

    More of a nuisance are the ones that fall and germinate on the flower beds - I hoe those out before they get more than a few inches tall.  

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  • B3B3 Posts: 21,537

    They're sycamore. Run them over with the lawnmower - job done.!

    Predictive text replaced sycamore with dynamiteimage

    Last edited: 03 April 2017 19:21:53

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • supportsupport Posts: 18

    ahhh that is great news!

    thankyou all so much for your super fast and fantastic advice!

    i'll make another thread about wildflower meadows now...hope you can help!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,510
    B3 says:

    .... Predictive text replaced sycamore with dynamiteimage

    Last edited: 03 April 2017 19:21:53

    See original post

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  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,162
    Dovefromabove says:

    Those look like sycamore seeds ....... don't panic ..... just mow your lawn regularly and they'll die.

    See original post

     Yes, just what I was going to say.  A couple of mows and they will disappear.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • supportsupport Posts: 18

    thanks again. i was so worried we had knackered our garden!

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