Lawn Weeds – Creeping Buttercup

What is creeping buttercup?

Creeping buttercup (Ranunculus repens) is a perennial weed that thrives in wetter soils.

After mild wet winters and in heavy soils rich in clay, creeping buttercup spreads widely. The weed’s presence often indicates the need for improvements to soil and drainage.


The weed has distinctive yellow flowers which appear from Spring onwards.


Cultural control by means of aeration and drainage will help to avoid wet spots where creeping buttercup will thrive.

The majority of selective lawn weedkillers will kill creeping buttercup but more that one treatment throughout the growing season may be required.

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