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Yellow sorrel

Symptoms

Yellow sorrel grows as an annual, but it happily and plentifully regenerates from seed each year, as the seed pods explode and fire seeds all around the garden.

Find it on: all over the garden
Time to act: summer to autumn

Overview

Yellow sorrel, Oxalis corniculata, is a low, creeping weed that will happily grow anywhere - it's as happy in the bone-dry cracks in paving as it is in the damp garden and around the tops of containers. Although small, it's tricky to pull out and the roots usually stay where they are and it will regrow from them.


Solution

Yellow sorrel grows as an annual, but it happily and plentifully regenerates from seed each year, as the seed pods explode and fire seeds all around the garden.

Organic

The best way to deal with yellow sorrel organically is to hoe it before it flowers and set seed, then remove it or leave it on soil surface on hot day to wither and die, to dig it out or smother it with mulch or a deep layer of soil. In lawns, vigorously rake the patch with a wire rake in mid-September to remove the worst of it.




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visharsa 24/11/2011 at 15:29

I planted 2 hibiscus plants last autumn. We have a clay soil and I have read about "wet foot". The plants themselves look like dry sticks at the moment. Have I killed them?

visharsa 24/11/2011 at 15:29

sorry, this is the first time I have asked a question on this site and I obviously posted it in the wrong place!

Eithneelgin 18/03/2012 at 15:13

Our problem is a different kind of sorrel with long green leaves and very fine roots. It is hard to weed as the root breaks off before you get to the end and the whole thing starts again. Having failed with persistent weeding, I tried using weedkiller, spraying it onto the leaves inside a lemonadade bottle to protect the plants around it. As I've been weeding this spring I am finding that the whole lot has regrown and has found its way into the root system of large plants. Can you recommend an appropriate weedkiller and method of applying it, please? We have ericaceous soil in this part of Scotland. Thank you. Eithne from Elgin

hoppy 21/06/2014 at 07:56

Hi All I have the yellow Sorrel in my Lawn can you chaps ups and ladies give me any work able solutions (wheel chair user) and I mean all over very much disappointed as I like my lawn Please Help