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13/06/2013 at 19:40

Buttercups have found their way into my garden this year, they have flowered before I got around to pulling the out. They look quite nice actually, but I assume they are invasive perennials that need removing immediately?

Heres the buttercups in my garden...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zpsfb04631c.jpg

 

 

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zpsdb954fa2.jpg

 

 

 

KEF
13/06/2013 at 19:46

OUT out out ..the bain of my life, I spend half my gardening time digging the things out. Make sure you get all the roots out.

13/06/2013 at 19:53

Ditto LeadF!!!

My front 'lawn' consists of mainly them, daisies and dandelions with a bit of speedwell, moss and who knows what else! The creeping runners get into every nook and cranny.

Not for much longer once the rain hits that weed n feed! It's obviously had little attention by previous owner but I like a challenge 

13/06/2013 at 19:55

I quite like buttercups. If they were a rare exotic everyone would want them.

13/06/2013 at 19:57

Hmm. I'm sure someone thought Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam were a good idea too. 

13/06/2013 at 20:16

Fields of buttercups opposite our house look lovely.

13/06/2013 at 20:44

I'm with you on that KEF. Been slowly ridding the garden of this stuff over the last two and half years, it's a lot better this. I would get it out as soon as possible, it really is hateful stuff



13/06/2013 at 21:07

I agree, horrible stuff just spreads and spreads and spreads until it completely takes over.  I started with just one little patch under the apple trees and left them cos I thought they looked quite pretty ... BIG mistake!

13/06/2013 at 21:28

Meadow buttercups are much more restrained. Taller too. 

14/06/2013 at 06:57

Did anyone see Springwatch last night, comparing the creeping buttercups with the Meadow variety - lovely pic of Chris Packham flat on his back in a field of golden buttercups 

14/06/2013 at 07:01

I think that's the key - lovely in a field, thug in a border! (Buttercups, not Mr Packham)

KEF
14/06/2013 at 08:41

I didn't have a big problem until a few years ago when I spread heaps of rotted horse muck in the garden.

p.s. Not blaming the horses   wonder what I'd have if I'd spread chicken muck?

14/06/2013 at 10:11

Yeah we seem to have had loads pop up too :-/ darn things... I left them as the leaves looked a little geraniumlike to me now I know it was a giant error (( 

14/06/2013 at 11:36

Soooo is there any way of getting rid of them.  I've just spent all morning getting them out of my borders, but there are loads in the lawn and if I dig all of them out, I'll just have a ploughed field LOL!

 

14/06/2013 at 11:53
NickyB wrote (see)

Yeah we seem to have had loads pop up too :-/ darn things... I left them as the leaves looked a little geraniumlike to me now I know it was a giant error (( 

To be honest, I thought they were geraniums as well when they first started showing. 

14/06/2013 at 12:16

NO easy way to remove......just digging and more digging,making sure you get all the roots out,even a tiny bit left in is enough to start a new plant

14/06/2013 at 13:42

 

To be honest, I thought they were geraniums as well when they first started showing. 

 

Glad it wasn't just mean then LeadFarmer... 

14/06/2013 at 17:53

Aaaah well ... hands and knees it is then

14/06/2013 at 18:00

Chris, I find they are extremely susceptible to glyphosate, so much so that I spray them in the winter and it kills them.  Unfortunately the seed stays viable for many years, so if they have ever seeded they'll be with you until the cows come home!

14/06/2013 at 18:52

I might carefully spray them with weedkiller and leave that to take effect in the roots, then dig them up.

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