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Can anyone identify this weed please - it's taking over!!!

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 18:57

I have this in my garden and it is a right pain.  I manage to keep on top of it in my garden by weeding on a weekly basis from the moment new plants emerge in the spring, and right through the summer.  I use glyphosphate too but this only works for a few weeks so repeated applications are necessary.  Unfortunately, my garden backs onto wild, unmanaged area and the weed originates from there so each season the seeds are blown into my garden.  I have accepted that it will never go, but with vigilance and persistence I can keep on top of it.  Dig it up or use weedkillers before it flowers, but also dig up every visible bit of the white roots as it will re grow from the smallest piece.

Talkback: Willowherb

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 19:00
I have this in my garden and it is a devil to control! Already I can recognise it reappearing, in places where it wasn't growing last year. It is easy to dig up but you will need to do it weekly to keep it under control as it is fast growing. I have resorted to glyphosphate, but this will work for a number of weeks, so you will need to reapply regularly. It doesn't help that my neighbours allow if to grow and take over their garden, so I have little chance of ever getting rid of it!!

Rose recommendations - help please

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 18:05

Thankyou, that is a lovely suggestion.

Rose recommendations - help please

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 16:56

I have a friend whose husband has very recently passed away.  I was thinking of buying her a rose for the garden to remember him by.  It must flower in the month of September as that is when he passed away as well as being the month of his birthday.  I was thinking of a white rose, probably not a climber or rambler as she has a small garden.  One with a wonderful scent would be good too.  The name must also be appropriate, given the circumstances of giving it.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 15:56

Ok, I think mystery is solved. I managed to get hold of one of the caterpillars. After much searching on line,I am fairly certain that it is a buff tip moth caterpillar.  The colour is not brown as first thought but more of a black and mustard yellow.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 13:10


I have just returned home from a two week holiday to find the top of my lovely hawthorn tree bare!  On closer inspection (well as close as I can get with a camera) I can see huge caterpillars munching through the leaves!!   They are approx 3 inches long, fat and brown/light brown in colour and hairy with black heads!

Before I went away I had noticed a bare branch but thought little of it as I couldnt see any pests.

Help!  What specials could they be and what do I do about it?  I don't have a clear picture unfortunately so I can't upload anything helpful, but if someone could put forward some suggestions I would be grateful.



Garden design for a new build

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 16:11

Thanks!  We were guided by Barcham Trees (who I can highly recommend) and they have been a joy to see develop over the last year.  Each tree has something interesting going on at any one time.  The Malus "Evereste" had the most incredible blossom in the spring!

Garden design for a new build

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 15:47

I moved into my a new build a year ago.  The garden is approx 50ft wide and 40ft deep. N/NW facing and heavy clay soil with a slight slope downwards away from the house on the bottom right hand side.

The developers laid turf and I instructed them to leave a 1m wide border along both sides and the bottom (a hasty decision, mainly to make mowing easier). 

I have since planted 3 small trees along the bottom boundry (Hawthorn/Plum Cherry/Crab Apple) and planted a mixture of shrubs and perennials in the borders, although large gaps remain.  Mainly because I can't decide what to put there!

However, I think we need to chage the shape of the borders to make it more visually interesting and/or add some sort of feature to give the garden some height.  I also don't know how best to deal with the slope!

I am a keen (fair weather) gardener and like a fairly traditional look with maybe a slightly contemporary edge.  My other half is fairly competent with DIY but we don't have a big budget.




Rosebay Willowherb

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 18:27

Thank you!

I should have said that I'd prefer not to use chemicals as we have a cat and there are several next door too, who roam into our garden frequently.

Knowing it will not cause damage to buildings is reassuring.  I actually had a nightmare last night where it took over the entire garden!  Stupid I know!

I think if I can contain it by regularly weeding that will be ok, and next year I shall be on the alert earlier than I was this year.

Rosebay Willowherb

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 17:07


I moved into a new house last year and inherited a "blank canvas" of a garden.  The house is a new build (built on what was previously farmland) and is on the edge of the development with a drainage ditch beyond the back fence.  This spring I have noticed a particularly invasive plant cropping up at frightening speed.  After lots of research online it appears to be Rosebay Willowherb.

 It is spreading into my newly created borders at alarming speed and even popping up in the lawn.  I am digging it up almost as fast as it appears, which is pretty much on a daily basis, but it is impossible to remove all the roots (I have clay soil which makes it harder).

Any tips of getting rid of it?  The source seems to have originally come from undeveloped land beyond my boundry fence, so I cannot access this area or apply weed killer to land which is not mine. Apart from weeding regularly, what can I do?  I am concerned about any possible effects on my home should it come up as far as the house - can it damage brickwork or structures?  If I can manage to control it this year, will it return just as bad next year?  Help!



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