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LeadFarmer

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

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.

Fairygirl

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 

fidgetbones

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

figrat

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

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Pennine Petal

Fields of buttercups opposite our house look lovely.

hollie hock

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



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!

nutcutlet

Meadow buttercups are much more restrained. Taller too. 

Dovefromabove

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 

chicky

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

KEF

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?

NickyB

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 (( 

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!

 

LeadFarmer
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. 

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GillyL

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

NickyB

 

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

 

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

Aaaah well ... hands and knees it is then

BobTheGardener

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!

LeadFarmer

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