16. April 2010 · 3 comments · Categories: Plants

Before dusting off the mower for the first cut of spring, I took out a camera and recorded the wide variety of things that were patently not grass in my lawn – i.e. weeds. Here's what I found, with my best attempts at identification. I used this handy page from lawnweeds.co.uk and the fantastic book The Lawn Expert as my primary reference sources. Comments welcome to identify them properly.

There were so many that this is just part 1, with more to come soon.

Starting off with an easy one – White clover. I know this flowers with white heads from last year and of course the leaf is unmistakable, though there are related trefoils.


I'm not sure what this one is, not quite matching the leaf shape and texture of any of my book examples.


Next up, a Dandelion, though that shape of leaf could also be Smooth hawk's-beard which has a slightly different flower that's less open. I won't be finding out which it is as it's currently buried in my compost bin. The yellow flower at the bottom is just a dropped Jasmine flower by the way.


I'm not sure about this next one, with Dove's-foot cranesbill being my best guess, as the only thing with a similar shaped leaf in my book. It's not quite conclusive though, and as is the case with most of these the lack of a flower makes it a lot less certain.


Quite a shapely glossy leaf on this next one, which I think must be Lesser celandine (Figwort). As usual, the leaf shape doesn't quite match my references but I don't know if that's because I've got the wrong plant or if it's just natural variation.


Best guess for these three part leaves is Creeping buttercup, but I'm not completely convinced.


Finally another easy one – moss, amongst the grass. Nice and springy to walk on, but not traditionally a sign of a quality lawn. I blame the neutral soil and shade in my case.


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  1. I did look there – and even linked to it from the first paragraph of my post!

  2. I think picture 4 is a type of Cranesbill not sure if it is Doves-foot though, picture 5 is defintely Lesser Celandine and picture 6 is looks like it could be Creeping Buttercup.

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