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.
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.
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.
Seedlings and weeds that develop a woody stem.
Examples: brambles, Japanese knotweed (pictured), nettles and sycamore, ash and other tree seedlings.
The plants that can grow so vigorously, they simply ‘suffocate’ the grass.
Examples: dandelion (pictured), clover, buttercup and daisy.