What kind of weeds are these?

I have a large area under a weeping willow that grows out of control with these weeds. We've lived in this house for 2 Springs now and last Spring we mowed it down, and burned it in piles. Before Summer ended it was as bad as when we'd moved in. This Spring we want to try a new approach. Grass would be great but we need to get rid of these darn weeds!
q what kind of weeds are these
q what kind of weeds are these
  8 answers
  • Sharon Sharon on Apr 29, 2017
    top photo looks like young Burdock. Is it soft and fuzzy?

  • Barbara Barbara on Apr 29, 2017
    The bottom photo looks like Plantain. Some people use it in salads. If you have bunnies, they love it!

    • Kelly-n-Tony Kelly-n-Tony on Apr 30, 2017
      Hmmm, I have chickens (well chicks at the moment) so I reckon perhaps next Spring I can let them at this stuff lol!

  • Elaine Elaine on Apr 29, 2017
    I had something very similar in my (southern Ontario) garden and it was frustrating. I was always pulling it out; it grew back as fast as I removed it. The weed had a slightly rounder leaf than yours - the leaf almost looked like that of a wild violet - but it wasn't violets. We had numerous bunnies in the subdivision, unfortunately, they never ate it.

  • Kelly-n-Tony Kelly-n-Tony on Apr 29, 2017
    Yes, it is. And that's what I was leaning towards it being. Darn, that stuff is tough to get rid of.

  • Elaine Schuster Elaine Schuster on Apr 30, 2017
    Burdock is actually a food plant in Japan, it has very deep roots that are harvested. The deep roots are what make it so hard to get rid of. Since digging up those roots is the only real way to get rid of it, Here are some recipes for you.

    Plantain is very hard and is a serious food plant with many health benefits.

    Here is a bit of information

  • Joy21616487 Joy21616487 on Apr 30, 2017
    The bottom pic is Comfrey. I grow it in my herb garden. The Burdock and Comfrey are two of the most valued herbs in any herbalists pharmacopeia.
    And DO NOT use the comfrey in any plantain recipe. To much is as harmful as just a little is healing. It will irritate the mucus lining of the mouth and esophagus. Comfrey is used for healing skin and bone injuries in the form of poultices and salves.

  • Kelly-n-Tony Kelly-n-Tony on Apr 30, 2017
    Thanks for the info! If I decide to go with the flow I guess I can just pretend it's my garden

  • Susan Susan on Apr 30, 2017
    We had a lawn infested with the bottom weed-it got so bad looking, we finally bit the bullet, applied a granular weed n feed mixture (think we used Scott's) which left us with very little lawn, once the weeds were killed. Then applied grass seed and regrew our lawn.