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Teasel ( plant or weed )

I have a customer who would like a patch of common teasel , I know it can be very invasive and i have suggested alternatives but they like the architectural quality of teasel .

Has anyone encountered serious infestations of teasel ? I presume it can be controlled by cutting seed heads off which kind of defeats the object of having teasel . 

does anyone succesfully manage a patch of teasel and if it does become too invasive whats the best method of control ? 

Thanks in Advance .

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    We look after a garden for Natural England and they have a few clumps of teasel.... they dont seem to be anymore invasive than many other plants. Obviously if you do not maintain the area they will collonise it, but it is (as far as I am aware) by seeds being dropped, not like bamboo popping up all over the lawn, having burrowed across the garden

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      Thanks Adam . Do you cut the seed heads off or let them burst and hoe any seedlings which appear ?

      My concern is the lawn as teasel has a mega root by the looks of it . 

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        The seed head is left until the birds have exhausted it... Circa Feb March time

  • Colonises bare soil successfully, is biennial so not too difficult to thin and maintain. Depends on how regular the maintenance is.  They certainly are great architectural plants in yr 2 but are pretty naff in year 1. Flocks of goldfinches dotting around the seed heads in autumn winter is very country living magazine.

    I think this is true of a lot of the piet oudolf style garden plants... It's sold as low maintenance but tends to be quite a bit of knowledgeable maintenance required in early years. And you have to be tough on some thugs regularly.

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      I like the sound of the goldfinches Ben that would be a bonus .

  • Like many of these species it's what I refer to as an "ornamental weed". I also like plants like Cow Parsley etc which look amazing in what the garden designers would refer to as "drifts". But be prepared to be tough on them if they run rampant

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      I like alot of those ornamental weeds too ( brilliant definition by the way )  , even balsam and hogweed have a certain presence , my back garden has become engulfed by borage but it looks amazing in flower and the bee's love it . 

      I once spent a week pulling thistles out of a field by hand , they pulled out very easily or so i thought but they leave a tiny piece of root behind , the worst bit though was the red gaunlets i was wearing  left a red dye on my hands for days . 

      • cheers John it's a good term to have up your sleeve for when a potential new client asks "is this a plant or a weed" in their garden. And you can say, well, it's both really. Quite a good ice breaker to soften them up before you tell them the eye watering cost of sorting out their jungle. As the initial visit is part advice, part sales pitch, after all

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    • Goldfinches will probably be available on Amazon prime by November.

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