Weed Identification


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Weed Identification

Weed identification can be tricky, they come in a variety of shapes, sizes and types. Some weeds are more common than others, with some preferring wet and shady conditions and others preferring dry and light areas.

Don't be put off if weeds start to grow in your garden from time to time. Certain wild weeds will flourish depending on the weather and soil conditions and you can tackle these weeds in different ways based on how they grow. As always, we would recommend seeking professional guidance before tackling any major weed problem you have in your garden.

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Here is a full list of the most common weeds found in the UK with images and description.

cats ear weed identification uk

Cats Ear Hypochaerisradicata

Cats Ear is a perennial weed with a deep taproot. It is very common and can be a major problem on lawns throughout in the UK as it will tolerate close mowing. The leaves look very much like a stunted dandelion and are often close to the soil. The plant flowers throughout the summer with the long stems producing one or two bright yellow flowers. This plant is found more often on drier soils. ...
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Creeping Cinquefoil weed identification

Creeping Cinquefoil Potentillareptans

Creeping Cinquefoil is a perennial weed, more common on neglected lawns and turf in the UK. It is rarely a problem on well maintained lawns. It spreads by creeping stems which root at intervals. The leaves are distinctive with five different segments with toothed edges. The flowers are yellow, again with five large fleshy petals which are visible from June to October. ...
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Greater Plantain weed identification

Greater Plantain Plantago Major

Greater Plantain is a common weed on all types of lawn throughout the UK It has a deep root system making it drought resistant and the flat rosette of substantial leaves, kills the grass underneath. ...
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Slender Speedwell weed identification

Slender Speedwell Veronica Filiformis

Slender Speedwell is a perennial weed which can be a persistent problem on lawns throughout the UK. It spreads by both underground and over ground runners. Control can be achieved with current chemicals but this needs correct timing and adjuvants. Slender Speedwell is more of a problem in closely mown turf than Germander Speedwell. ...
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Germander Speedwell weed identification

Germander Speedwell Veronica Chamaedrys

Germander Speedwell is a perennial weed also known as Bird's-eye Speedwell. The leaves are kidney shaped and have prominent veins.The flowers can be seen between mid to late June. Germander Speedwell can survive in all soil types but it is most common in damper conditions. ...
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Lesser Celandine weed identification

Lesser Celandine [Ranunculusficaria]

Lesser Celandine is usually one of the most prominent weeds seen early in the spring. The flower is one of the first to show among lawn weeds but the plant soon disappears as the weather warms up. This is difficult to control in a permanent sense as it needs to be hit early each year to weaken it. More commonly found in darker shady areas. The leaves are fleshy and dark green, very easily recognised. ...
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Ribwort Plantain weed identification

Ribwort Plantain [Plantagolanceolata]

Very similar to greater plantain in habit and location albeit the leaves are long and thin. Again, this plant is very drought tolerant and it can cause unsightly patches, easy however to remove using the correct selective herbicides. ...
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Doves-foot weed identification

Doves-Foot Cranesbill [Geranium Molle]

Doves-foot cranesbill is an annual plant which is a geranium,  it prefers dry soils and is common on lawns throughout the UK. The flowers are a pretty pink or red and commonly seen in late spring and summer. ...
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red clover weed identification

Red Clover [Trifoliumpratense]

Red Clover is a perennial weed found on all types of lawn lawns throughout in the UK. Being larger than white clover, it is more noticeable in lawns as it tends to grow more upright, hence it is more noticeable. The flowers and leaves are larger than those of white clover. Red Clover flowers from May to October. ...
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common ragwort weed identification

Common Ragwort [Seneciojacobaea]

Ragwort is rarely a problem on fine lawns but is more common on low maintenance and neglected lawns. It is a biennial weed meaning that it produces lots of leaf in year one with the aim to produce a significant number of flowers in year two. It is not difficult to control in lawns. ...
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