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13/05/2013 at 17:02

Dear Forum,


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?


Thank you





13/05/2013 at 18:09

If this is a newly seeded lawn, you will get rid of them when you mow it.

13/05/2013 at 18:57

It's hard to tell from the photo, but am wondering if they are cowslips?

13/05/2013 at 19:07

If the ones with the rounded leaves are slightly furry, they could be foxgloves.

13/05/2013 at 19:27



Yes this is a newly seeded lawn. Here is another picture of the weeds I've just pulled up.


13/05/2013 at 20:58

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?

13/05/2013 at 21:00
13/05/2013 at 21:03

I'm not sure they are as textured as comfrey.

13/05/2013 at 21:07

and comphrey leaves are more pointed than that. 

Do they pull out easily with the roots intact Hass?

13/05/2013 at 21:08

Mmmm, sometimes the young leaves are quite rounded - look at the pic on the link 

13/05/2013 at 21:12

They are rounded. Mine don't look like that, any of them (3 species)

13/05/2013 at 21:44

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.

13/05/2013 at 21:56

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.

14/05/2013 at 10:36

Nut, how right you are

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