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I recently dug up my small garden and waited for several weeks before seeding. Patiently pulling up what few weeds grew back. About 2 weeks after seeding (and coming home from holiday), my garden was full of weeds. There are maybe 3 or 4 types, but one is growing in abundance.
I cannot figure out what they are (or how to treat them). The high quantity weed pulls up easily, but it is too hard to do so without ripping up the new grass as well.
Can anyone tell me what I have growing please?
If this is a newly seeded lawn, you will get rid of them when you mow it.
It's hard to tell from the photo, but am wondering if they are cowslips?
If the ones with the rounded leaves are slightly furry, they could be foxgloves.
Yes this is a newly seeded lawn. Here is another picture of the weeds I've just pulled up.
They don't look furry; I just can't think what they are - unless they are not a weed as we know it. Something cultivated perhaps?
I've a horrid feeling they might be comfrey http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.beansandherbs.co.uk/thumbnails/HERBS/COMFREY-image-for-comfrey-p.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.beansandherbs.co.uk/comfrey.htm&h=187&w=250&sz=14&tbnid=VKGAwGHUO5uPLM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=120&zoom=1&usg=__EEr8v8ui-IkQM7jXX971rWMqQ00=&docid=k6t6ZJF9hbL8AM&sa=X&ei=NEaRUbOUIbCX0QXfw4CgCw&ved=0CGwQ9QEwBg&dur=157
I'm not sure they are as textured as comfrey.
and comphrey leaves are more pointed than that.
Do they pull out easily with the roots intact Hass?
Mmmm, sometimes the young leaves are quite rounded - look at the pic on the link
They are rounded. Mine don't look like that, any of them (3 species)
Yeah, the roots pull up easily, as long as you get a decent grip at the stem.
I find it amazing that weeds are so diverse that it is difficult to say what they are.
the leafs are smooth and rounded.
Doubt if it's comphrey then, they're not smooth and don't pull up easily, even as babies. That which pulls out easily is usually annual. Someone said earlier that they'll go when you mow and I expect they will.
In those numbers it will be something that was there last year, or previous years, and seeded. cast your mind back to what was there last year. Are there photos to remind you?
Weeds are incredibly diverse, there are hundreds of them and it's not necessarily a weed. Though in your lawn it counts as a weed.
Nut, how right you are