What's this plant invading my lawn?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by winjim, 12 Jun 2018.

  1. winjim

    winjim A youth of interminable age

    Not the first lawn query I've posted on here but we're in the new house now and gradually trying to get the garden up to scratch. The lawn is slowly getting more sensible but now we have this invader which seems to be marching its way across from the privet hedge.

    Dark maroon leaves, little blue flowers which the two year old seems to like, and spreading at an alarming rate. So what is it, should I try and get rid of it and if so, how?

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  2. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Looks like campanula (catharina) and can spread rapidly. It likes plenty shade so that's why it's following the line of the hedge.
     
  3. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Is the cutting the same as the 1st couple of pictures?
     
  4. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Probably need a proper gardener but now I think it looks like ajuga reptans (burgundy glow).
     
  5. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)
     
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  6. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Haha, I knew it would take a professional.
     
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  7. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru Photo Winner

  8. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    Location:
    Warwick
    What lawn, I just see mud and a few blades of grass. :tongue:
     
  9. OP
    OP
    winjim

    winjim A youth of interminable age

    You should have seen the state ofnit when we moved in. It hadn't been touched for about a year. We've just got it into a useable state.
     
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  10. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru Photo Winner


    I have to disagree

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    That's self heal
     
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  11. MikeG

    MikeG Veteran

    Location:
    Suffolk
    Just mow it regularly and feed the lawn, and whatever-the-hell it is will disappear, out competed by the grass.
     
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  12. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    My round I’m buying. Too quick on the draw. I agree with you.
     
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  13. OP
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    winjim

    winjim A youth of interminable age

    Yes it's the same plant.
    Doesn't quite look like it to me.

    Yes, I think that's the one. Same shape flowers and same colour leaves. Now what to do about it? I'm not averse to having wild flowers on the lawn but should I try and get rid of it? I can imagine it taking over quite quickly.
     
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  14. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    It adapts with a lower-than-blade height habit unfortunately.
     
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  15. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru Photo Winner


    I'll have a pint of glyphosate please.
     
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