Mind-your-own-business

Symptoms

A slow-growing weed with tiny flowers and leaves. Its stems root as they spread, forming a thick mat that leaves little space for other plants to grow.
Find it on: all over the garden
Time to act: spring to autumn

Overview

Mind-your-own-business, Soleirolia soleirolii, is a creeping perennial with tiny flowers and leaves. The branching stems root as they spread, forming a dense mat of foliage that few plants can grow through. The plant will soon take hold on any soil or lawn, although it's particularly prevalent in the crevices of stone walls and in damp conditions.
Solution
A slow-growing weed with tiny flowers and leaves. Its stems root as they spread, forming a thick mat that leaves little space for other plants to grow.
Organic
It will regrow from sections of stems left behind after hoeing or weeding, so you need to be thorough when trying to get rid of it, picking out any piece of foliage. If possible, get under the roots with a spade to slice it out. If it's in the lawn, carefully remove plants in April or September, then fork over the area and replace soil, re-sowing or turfing where necessary.
Chemical
In a lawn, bed or border, spot-treat patches of the plant using a total weedkiller, such as glyphosate. For best results, bruise the plant with the back of a rake or crush it underfoot before applying glyphosate. Avoid spraying on a windy day and near other desirable plants.



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buddy 24/11/2011 at 15:29

I have found the best way to treat "Mind-your-own-business", is to pour boiling water on it. This kills the plants right down to the reasonably shallow roots. Do this in spring and Autumn, and they will never come back.

Scotyboy 14/06/2012 at 20:46

Thank you Buddy I have been wondering what to do for ages as I do not really want to use weed killer . I will certainly get the kettle going in the autumn.

Lowenna 15/06/2012 at 17:31

Thanks, my garden is covered i it and as we don't get frosts, it never gets knocked back. I'll try boiling water

Gill Dykes 06/07/2013 at 17:18

I have mind your business weed completely covering my small pond. I do not have any fish in the pond, but am reluctant to put chemicals in the water as there may be other wild life. Any suggestions?

Verdun 06/07/2013 at 20:00

It should simply lift out.  Is it mind your own business or Azolla?

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