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09/05/2013 at 19:00

My rockery is very overgrown by double celandine and grass. Whats the best solution? I want to keep the rockery.

09/05/2013 at 19:47

How about some photos?

09/05/2013 at 20:24

Have a photo on my husbands camera will find it and find out how to put in on here.

09/05/2013 at 20:30

dig it all out and rebuild , 

09/05/2013 at 20:46

Artjak, sorry having trouble trying to upload the photo.

Thank you also Archipem. Someone also suggested painting all the green with one of those weedkillers that go down to the roots and keep repeating all summer as grass reappears. Would that work? However there are a few plants I'd like to save.

09/05/2013 at 20:48

Roundup painted on the leaves of the plants you do not want is the only way to remove the plants you mention. Sad though.

09/05/2013 at 21:13

Can you dig out what you want to keep in clumps? Maybe separate the plants you want as best you could, replant them after a good water and then the blitz the rest?

10/05/2013 at 00:03

Hollie hock, I think you have that in the wrong order.  Separate the plants you want.  Blitz the rest and then replant!

10/05/2013 at 06:53

Hollie's needing a lie down I think welsh!

Good advice though Cathy-depends how big an area you have but I'd do exactly that- clear everything out and clean up and keep aside the things you want. Thoroughly tidy the whole area and replant.

10/05/2013 at 16:19

 Blitzing isn't the simple answer it seems to be.  Celandine is a bitch.   Haul it up and miss just one of the wee white nodules on its roots and it comes back next year.  It looks pretty, though, so I leave it to flower - I don't see it till then, anyway - and then spray it.  That more or less works, though I always seems to miss some hiding somewhere.  At least it doesn't sting like nettles.

11/05/2013 at 18:39

I'm with holliehock, dig out the ones you like and pot them, then dismantle the thing as far as poss and start again. Uploading photos is not that scary; if I can do it anyone can as am not a technocrat.

11/05/2013 at 18:57

Celandine is very persistant, crops up everywhere. Get what you want out and blitz. Then leave it til next year, plant some annuals to make it pretty this year, then blitz again next year

12/05/2013 at 08:33

If you lift those plants that you wish to save, you will need to check very carefully that you are not transplanting pieces of celandine with them.  Wash the roots and grow them in pots with clean compost.

You don't want to be spreading celandines around your garden.

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