Types of weed

By Amy Drudge, Garden Advisor

Weeds are persistent garden invaders and can be divided into 4 groups. This will determine the best way of getting rid of them.

Annual weeds

The ones that last for one year or one growing season only, but which leave their seeds for next year and years to come.

Examples: fat hen, chickweed (pictured), groundsel, shepherd’s purse and speedwell.

PERENNIAL AND DEEP ROOTED WEEDS

The ones that keep coming back, year after year, that can grow again from even the smallest left-over segment.

Examples: ground elder, bindweed (pictured), couch grass, creeping thistle and dock.

WOODY WEEDS

Seedlings and weeds that develop a woody stem.

Examples: brambles, Japanese knotweed (pictured), nettles and sycamore, ash and other tree seedlings.

LAWN WEEDS

The plants that can grow so vigorously, they simply ‘suffocate’ the grass.

Examples: dandelion (pictured), clover, buttercup and daisy.