Weed Root Types
Different types of weed have different types of root. In all cases, it's important to ensure that the root is entirely removed to prevent further spreading. Here are some of the most common root types we encounter when removing weeds in South Wales and South West England:
The main root is very thick and dives deep into the soil to absorb water and nutrients. Tap-root weeds include dandelion, dock and thistle.
These roots go even deeper than tap-rooted plants and can extend more than a metre down in the soil. Deep-rooted weeds include Japanese knotweed and horsetail.
These plants self-seed and grow quickly to form tough, robust root systems. ‘Woody scrub’ describes brambles, sycamore and ivy.
Plants with creeping roots spread out horizontally instead of vertically, killing your grass. They are common in most UK lawns. Examples include chickweed, clover, couch grass, creeping buttercup and speedwell.