Identify common weeds

Weeds are wild plants in the wrong place. They may have benefits for wildlife in your garden, but if you want to get rid of them, check first how they grow and spread.

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Identify common weeds
Dandelions lead a double life, being both a persistent weed and good wildlife plant


  • Hoes, hand forks and border forks are key tools for dealing with weeds.
  • Patience and persistence are helpful too. Don't be put off; every garden has weeds...

Top tip!

Annual weeds produce lots of seeds; hoe them off before they flower. See our guide on how to control weeds without chemicals.

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