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Can anyone identify this weed?


 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:34 pm    Post subject: Can anyone identify this weed? Reply with quote



Hi there,
can anyone tell me what this weed is? I'm guessing it's a weed, It's just started to grow in a small area of waste garden behind my fence but it will spread I think. I have looked at weeds online and I cannot positively identify it myself.

It's a bright green colour, with two leaves on a very thin white stem. No idea if it flowers or not, it's quite new, but covers quickly!

This area was treated about 4/6 weeks ago with Round-Up as it was previously infested with nettles, and bindweed.

Before I re-treat again I would like to know what it is.
thank you.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you get a close up picture of the seed leaves it may be possible to identify it with more certainty. From it#s appearance and germinating in Autumn it is probably Cleavers or Goosegrass or Stickyback. It is definitely an annual but a nasty one.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that, we did have stickyback in our garden before the weed blitz a couple of weeks back, so perhaps it is that. I've sprayed it again anyhow, regardless of what it is, here's a closer look though if you could identify it I'd still be grateful.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it is Stickyback and will survive over the Winter. it is easily killed off while it is small with a contact weedkiller or by hoeing it out in Spring before it gets more than 15-20 cms high. It spreads rapidly by seed and grows rapidly in the early Summer.
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