Question:Unfortunately I have in my garden a weed that looks like a small strawberryplant with the some looking leaf but smaller.. As it grows it throws long shoots which take hold in the garden again these take hold and throw more shoots out It is hard to dig out between plants and it is very near my fish pond of which i have to be carefull with weed killers.Please any suggestions on how to rid the garden on this weed?.
Unfortunately there is no other way but to weed out every other day. Use a fork and break the top surface up with it. This will help next time you weed because it will be easier to remove them. Weeds have very short roots and will become manageable over time.
Use a sharp knife to remove the weed by its roots. I find that always works a lot better than the expensive weed killers you can buy.
Can't remember what its called, but its very invasive. I can't use week killer on our lawn because we have a rabbit, so I sprinkle a good helping of salt on the offending item and that kills it off. It does leave a bare patch for a while but the grass soon grows back.
I have them too - look as though they could be a type of small creeping buttercup. As "The Doc" says, the only way I've found is to keep attacking them and now allow them to root or seed. My fortune/misfortune is that I live next to an enormous wild garden - the joy of birds, butterflies and foxes but the payback are all the strange weeds which drift over the fence.
never ever use weedicide. better yet, try the reliable lasagna gardening and as a bonus, the earthworms are evewr ready to give you a naturally nutritious soil.
Typical of this type of weed it is difficult to rid the garden of them during the growing season as you can not treat with weed killer amongst good shrubs etc as you would kill them also. Try to dig out the root system being sure not to leave any broken roots in the ground as they will regrow. In the winter make sure that you turn the soild well and let any frost get in and kill off the root system good luck
Try a spot weeding stick, available at gardening stores. It will be a bit tedious tracking down all the runners, but at least you will only get the renegade plants if you do it plant by plant. By this method you avoid contaminating your pond.
Big sea salts dilluted with water , when this takes action you will be left with an area burnt but this kills it off for a good few months and maybe forever, your grass will grow back,
The best way to localize herbicide application is by painting it on with a brush. Use Glyphosate roundup type as it will become inactive when in contact with the soil. That way you don't have to worry about the pond.
Could it be potentilla?
This is a tough weed because it creeps by stolons and roots at the nodes. You really need to stop it in it's tracks ASAP unless you want to keep it as a groundcover.
I agree that it would really be best not to use herbicides around the fish. I would try digging out as much of it as possible and then smother the area with an old carpet, plastic or wet newspaper for a couple of seasons although I understand you have other plants you want to keep in that area, don't you? In which case I would try applying a weed killer on the potentilla by brushing it on the leaves with a small paintbrush so that it doesn't get to the fish.
Best of luck! I'm curious though so please do let me know if it is potentilla.
Sounds like creeping buttertcup. Try a weed pen, its gonna be fiddly but other than digging up all ur plants and using the dig method I think this is ur only option, get some balm for ur back while ur out buying the herbicide and Good luck
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