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Knotgrass

QUICK FACTS SHEET FOR KNOTGRASS
Common Name Knotgrass
Scientific Name Polygonum
Occurence Gardens including borders, paved areas and beds.
Affects

Spreads quickly, taking over lawns and grassland.

Timings Blooms between May & October

What is Knotgrass?

Knotgrass (scientific name Polygonum Aviculare) is an annual weed usually found on weak areas of lawns but can also be found on compacted soil. Despite the name, it os not a grass! The plant sends out stems which have growth nodes, and every node can take root and start a new clump of the grass

Identification & Occurrence

Knotgrass can grow up to 50 - 60cm and can usually blooms between the months of May & October with small, very pale pink / white flowers that grow close to them stem. Knotgrass is a widespread weed and tends to grow across the geound and spread across the soil surface.

Knotgrass can be identified by the leaves, which vary in size but are leathery and oval shaped on a short stalk. They start off rolled up but flatten out as they grow older.

 

The problem

Knotgrass can spread by seed or rhizomes and will eventually compete with your chosen variety of turf or lawn grass and can take over. It can grow in a variety of places including through the cracks on driveways or paths and grassland. Knotweed prefers sandy / gavelly habitats.

Control

We recommend keeping soils as aerated as possible as this will discourage knotgrass to grow, for full control we recommend the below products.

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