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24/11/2011 at 15:27
This info on cleavers is interesting as I keep getting this weed on my allotment.

Do you have any info how to deal best with horsetail this is another pest I have.
24/11/2011 at 15:27
i usually get loads of this and now I know what it is I can do something about it.thanks for your tips they are very useful.
02/03/2012 at 21:51
my cats like to spread this around
03/03/2012 at 08:58

Regarding horse tail - I used to have this in my old garden and it gradually got weaker as I kept digging it out as far down as I could and I made sure none of the leaves (are they leaves?) broke off into the soil to prevent new ones growing.  Good luck.

28/04/2012 at 14:13
Am I to belive that these weeds are NOT to be put on a compost heap at all ???????????/
12/05/2012 at 17:50

I'm hoping to refresh this thread, as I was going to ask the same thing. We suddenly have a plague of cleavers (aka goose grass or "sticky willie"), probably because we reomved a big conifer and there's a lot more light in this part of the garden. Can I compost it or will it return to haunt me next year?

13/05/2012 at 07:49

One good thing about cleavers....if you cut yourself in the garden, squished cleavers pressed against the cut will stop the bleeding; it's a natural coagulant

13/05/2012 at 18:51
If also heard an infusion of cleavers, made to a strong tea, is supposed to help heal leg ulcers when infusion soaked cloths, bandages or tea bags are applied to the leg.
28/05/2012 at 19:39

I have tried contact weed killers and nothing seems to be happening, please please what else can be done?


29/05/2012 at 08:11

My tortoises love them but right now I could feed half of galapagos with the growth they've put on in the warm, wet conditions!

29/05/2012 at 10:30

A bit of research with the help pf Mr Google suggests that it's fine to put cleavers on the compost as long as you do it before it's set seed (around August).

29/05/2012 at 21:58

Good to know.  I was in two minds about the compost bin.

09/06/2012 at 18:28
Be careful removing cleavers by hand. Last year some wrapped itself round my wrist and I came up in nasty blisters which took weeks to heal and left a dark brown scar all summer.
24/05/2013 at 17:32

Yes my cats too spread this around!! It's not too bad if you can keep on top of it by pulling them out before they have seeds. Any one know a failsafe method for killing broadleaf ivy as its creeping over from a neighbours and ruining my expensive fence? thanks in advance.

10/11/2014 at 16:31
Cleavers or Goose grass is edible. Instead of treating with chemicals, pop in a steamer and cook like spinach. Has been eaten for centuries.
10/11/2014 at 16:39

Fine if you pick it young - once it's flowered and gone to seed it's not pleasant.

10/11/2014 at 17:14

Best composted young for me

08/06/2015 at 13:39

I have cleavers all over our bluebell wood so cant spray and a bit challenging to do by hand. Any suggestions please. Tragog

08/06/2015 at 14:25

I find it so easy to pull out that I wouldn't bother with weedkillers, just yank it out. Big patches can be pulled out with a rake (the sticky branches work in your favour here!) Firmly rooted bluebells and other plants will be left looking ragged for a while but will survive. (If they do get accidentally raked out of the ground, quickly replant them!)

08/06/2015 at 15:05

Cleavers give me a nasty rash.   I pull them and then leave them to dry on the lawn for a few hours and then they can go on the compost heap.  For serious nasties like bindweed and couch grass and creeping buttercup I leave the plants and roots to dry out for a day or so so they're dead before they go on the compost.  Horsetail goes into the dustbin, again after drying out first.

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