Pineapple weed

Time to act:

Sep, Oct, Nov, Jun, Jul, Aug, May

Pineapple weed, Matricaria matricarioides, relishes the challenge of rooting into a well-trodden path or other seemingly unhospitable soils. When walked on the plant's leaves release a pleasant pineapple-like scent, but a single plant will flower and produce thousands of plants in its short lifetime, quickly spreading through the garden.

Symptoms

Pineapple weed will spread and root in any open ground - even in compacted earth and paths - competing with plants for nutrients and space.

Find it on

all over the garden, but particularly in lawns

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Organic

Hand weed or hoe out seedlings as they appear, or smother them with a good layer of compost or mulch. Try to remove plants before they flower and seed to slow its spread.

Chemical

Use a total weedkiller, such as glyphosate. Avoid spraying on a windy day and near other desirable plants.

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