I need to know what this weed is and how to get rid of it

(12 Posts)
bubblesinthesky Thu 09-May-13 15:44:54

Another question for you knowledgeable people

Ive pulled some roots out and got the thick root which then broke but I got then I got a long thin tube bit as if I've pulled out the very middle of the root and left the outer casing in the ground IYSWIM. Does this sufficiently destroy the root or do I need to keep digging?

suspect I know the answer so will buy some more spades grin

bubblesinthesky Wed 08-May-13 22:24:57

I'll carry on digging. Shame its just flowered again.

I really can't believe the size of some of the roots. unfortunately I've broken some of them. My plan is to dig everything out then dig the bed two or three times again to get out as much root as I can. Its not helped by the fact my neighbour has a huge ash tree in her garden which self seeds lots of little trees into the bed amongst the alkanet.

Its going to be an ongoing battle I think

PlasticLentilWeaver Wed 08-May-13 22:23:43

Awful stuff, bloody loads of it round here. Failed miserably to get rid, despite digging and digging and it is the only thing I've ever tried glyphosphate on, still without success.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Wed 08-May-13 22:18:47

The reason there's so much alkanet about is that people mistake it for borage, think it'll be useful for Pimms, and then allow it to self-seed all over the place.

FloresCircumdati Wed 08-May-13 22:05:51

That link looks a bit like borage to me which has its uses.

Rhubarbgarden Wed 08-May-13 21:16:49

It's a bastard. Keep digging. Eventually you will get rid of any regenerating from root fragments this way. But you will still get new ones appearing every year from the seed stock in the soil. Young ones, however, are easier to pull up. On no account let them flower and replenish the seed stock in the soil. Glyphosate kills them if you coat all the leaves thoroughly.

You have my heartfelt sympathy. I have spent many years battling this stuff.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Wed 08-May-13 18:10:39

Sounds very much like alkanet. Digging it out is your best bet - don't try to pull it out, as any broken roots will regenerate - or try glyphosate-based weedkiller.

bubblesinthesky Wed 08-May-13 18:08:06

Thank you it looks exactly like green alkenet. Beastly stuff.

So now I know what it is does anyone have any hints on getting rid of it please? I dug some up this afternoon and the roots were nearly as thick as my wrist. its horrendous

FoulOleRon Wed 08-May-13 14:25:37
FloresCircumdati Wed 08-May-13 14:24:08

Your link doesn't work, Ron...

bubble, can we have a photo?

FoulOleRon Wed 08-May-13 14:19:50

It sounds like Green Alkanet . I have it too and could do with some top tips for getting rid of it! I try and spot it when it's small and pulls up easily, but other than that I've had no success.

bubblesinthesky Wed 08-May-13 13:53:19

I will try to describe the blasted thing. I inherited a garden full of it and after 2 years heavy digging and weed killers I still have a whole bed I simply can not get free from it. Its not the odd on coming up its masses every time sad

Its got large broad leaves which are slightly hairy. The hair stings and sticks into skin. It has very pretty blue flowers which look like forget me nots but aren't - slightly darker blue I think. The roots remind me of dandelion roots. In the case of this very mature weed plantation they are very long, very thick and very hard to dislodge.

I've never seen them before and I'm sick of them. I sometimes think if I'd known how much I'd spend on weedkiller I'd have offered £10k less for the house grin

Any help much appreciated thank you

PS I am a rubbish gardener so a bit nervous of posting in the gardening section please be gentle with me

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