Cleavers
(Galium aparine)

Cleavers

An annual with square stems and leaves covered in hooked barbs that scrambles up through plants and hedges. It spreads by seeds, which are also covered in barbs and attach themselves to anything that brushes past.

Control

The main ways to keep weeds under control is constant vigilance, never allowing the weed to flower or set seed.

  • Removing weeds by hand or hoeing is the easiest way to get rid of this weed. Remove before the plant sets seed

  • Mulching will help to eliminate light, which all green plants need to survive. There are several effective mulches which will act as a weed barrier; weed suppressing fabric, well-rotted manure or garden compost, bark, grass cuttings, gravel and even a thick layer of newspaper