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28/04/2013 at 09:03

Hey 

So after many attempts at ridding my front and rear garden from this monster I've finally decided to ask if anyone else has any advice?? It's driving me completely crazy. 

Firstly it was present in both sites when we moved in and despite my many attempts to dig up/weedkiller etc it still comes back. We have completely changed our back garden, making it a lovely child-friendly place with my raised bed and other bed/areas for plants. But I must have left this plant in the ground in part while the digger was turning it over and it has now spread, in part to other areas of the lawn/beds! 

I even applied glyphosate, by gloved hand to the individual leaves but it killed them off and the surrounding grass!! Now I have part killed the plant off and have incredibly burned/brown grass.

 

I would love to see the back of this plant and have even dug them out by hand but unless you get every single one out properly and include the bulb it will come back!!

I'll go and take a decent picture and post to this thread in a bit.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

28/04/2013 at 12:23

It would help if you could post a picture, or give a detailed description. 

Glyphosate is probably the only solution. . It won't translocate from the leaves of your weed  through the soil to the grass, so you must somehow have got some onto the grass, possibly dripping from the gloved fingers, or run off from the weed leaves.  

I think you an still get glyphosate in a 'Prittstick' form, so that it does not run off. If not, I know you can get it in a gel form, applied with a brush a bit like nail polish. 

28/04/2013 at 15:22

I'm going to guess celandine!

28/04/2013 at 15:24

What happened to our photo?

28/04/2013 at 15:39

If it is celandine then you can treat it with Verdone without harming your lawn, but you need to be very persistant - spot spray weekly April / May, try not to miss any.  Expect to do the same next spring, and possibly the following spring. The leaves curl up and the bulb eventually becomes exhausted.

28/04/2013 at 19:49

Im inundated with 3 corner garlic. the more i dig it the more it grows. Any ideas/

28/04/2013 at 19:56

Same approach, Maud. Spray from late winter until just before flowering. Take care not to get any on foliage of other plants. 

30/04/2013 at 09:18

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/22861.jpg?width=277&height=350&mode=max

 

30/04/2013 at 09:31

I think it's an Arum, probably the native variety.  Does it produce spikes of flowers then berries?

30/04/2013 at 10:12

Muddy fork yes a greenish/white flower with a spike that produces red berries. Apparent it's poisonous?? 

30/04/2013 at 15:06

The sap can also iritate skin if it comes into contact.  I would use a weedkiller to get rid, probably take a few years.  Don't let any of it flower to avoid further seeds.  Birds probably spread it after eating the berries

30/04/2013 at 15:21

I've got a bit of an excess of these. Every tiny little baby corm left behind when you weed will grow. They're not my biggest weed concern but I could do with a few less. I just keep digging them up and don't put the corms on the compost heap. I should think if you persisted in pulling the tops off, they come off very easily, leaving the corm behind, eventually they'd give up. (maybe)

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