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How can I remove all weeds and grass from my garden without chemicals?

Have a patchy yard, mostly weeds that I want to turn into a cottage garden. My current method is removing (uprooting) all the weeds/grass that I don't want by hand/spade, it's a bit overwhelming as ...
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Elimination of Japanese Knotweed by injection

I have a Japanese Knotweed problem in a limited area (about 15x15 feet). It is very difficult to dig up the roots because they can be a good 2 feet underground. Therefore I am considering death by ...
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Tips on lawn maintenance and weed control

I have a lawn that is growing more and more weeds as the days go by. What is the best method of tackling this problem and returning my lawn to its former lush and green self?
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Weed that looks like grass

I cannot seem to get rid of this weed that looks like grass. Can anyone tell me what this is
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How do I get rid of wild grape vines?

I have what seems to be Wild Grape Vines killing off my hedges. Is there any other recourse besides uprooting them all? Would clipping them down and spraying stump rot be another possibility?
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Preventing invasive roots in raised garden beds

Every year I remove and clean out the raised garden beds and add to the soil. This is the second year using the raised beds. I've noticed that when I mix in new soil and hit the soil, mostly clay, ...
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What's the best tool to remove weeds?

I have different types of weeds in my garden, some 50cm (~1½ ft) tall or more. What's the best (and cheapest) tool to remove those?
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How can I get rid of mint?

I planted mint in my garden a few years ago and it turned out to be a mistake. I should have grown it in a container. I've been pulling out mint each year but can't get rid of it, so I dug up the ...
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Help identifying a weed/unwanted plant that pops up all over and unchecked, grows into a tree!

Per the title really. It seems to be quite invasive and pops up all over the place, often entangled into the centre of an existing shrub It's a pain to dig out but it can be done It's quite (but not ...
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What is this whispy grass stalk, a red base and thick woody roots, and how can i Genocide it?

This grass is slowly taking over my yard, and its highly irritating as it grows at 3-5 times the speed of the rest of the lawn. I'd dearly love to get rid of it, but broad leaf weed killer is not ...
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Is there an organic way to remove wild strawberries from a lawn?

We have a variety of areas in our lawn where the wild strawberries are consistently killing our grass. Is there an organic way to control these? We have been fairly successful at tackling other weeds (...
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Please ID weed/grass

I dug out all the moss in my backyard in early May and reseed with Scotts sun and shade grass seed. After a month there are some weed or some kind of grass growing. Just wondering what kind is it. I ...
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Small pond with frogs is covered with duckweed. Is this OK?

My fiancée and I bought our first house last December and the previous owners did a fantastic job with the garden. Beautiful plants, shrubs etc, and a small pond (estimate about 2m x 1m and 2m deep). ...
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Do I have poison ivy, poison oak, or some other noxious weed?

An out of state friend of mine has just moved to a new place in Knoxville TN, and her new gardener has offered to remove the following plants (pictured) claiming them to be both poison ivy and poison ...
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Help needed to keep away weeds coming from a creek

The Problem: There is a small creek in my backyard and it's a nightmare to maintain. A lot of weeds grow there and spill over to my land, some of them growing up to three or four feet tall and are ...
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Is it necessary to weed a sunchoke bed you're establishing?

Is it a useless task to weed a sunchoke bed if the area you planted them in is starting to look like very short grass all over?
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Bird-friendly weedkiller for patio?

Here in the UK we have many garden birds that feed from the small cracks in our brick=paved patio. Unfortunately those small cracks are also full of various weeds and grass at the moment. What's the ...
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How do I fix an area of grass that was ruined using a vinegar/salt treatment of dandelions?

Following some advice from the web, I boiled vinegar and salt and applied it to some dandelions in our lawn. I probably should have used less of it though - I poured 2-3 tablespoons on the dandelions. ...
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Dyed circulars and cardboard, for weed barriers under mulch

[Box bottom listing dyes] I have always saved and used layered newspapers (without the dyed circulars) as a weed barrier, under the mulch in my gardens. When I am done, the papers are not visible. ...
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How do I fix the worst lawn on the street?

I inherited this Picasso last year when my wife and I bought our first home. Now, there is plenty of potential, but first and foremost I want to remove all the vegetation I don't want, which includes ...
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How do I remove burdock from my yard?

I have all of this burdock growing and I can not seem to remove them effectively. What should I be doing to remove it? I have already dug some of them up and that worked but what are my other options?...
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Do I need to lay landscape fabric under ground-cover plants to prevent weeds growing?

I have a large hillside area in Pennsylvania, where usually weeds are out of control. For the next year, I am thinking about using some kind of ground-cover plants such as English Ivy to cover the ...
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What did people whack weeds with before weed-whackers?

For a variety of reasons (poor outdoor storage, limited outlets, etc...) I do not want to get a gas or electric weed whacker, so I started to think of other options for maintaining the parts of my ...
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What kind of grass is this, and how can I keep it out of my garden

I have a thick, beautiful lawn that borders my garden. Unfortunately, I am struggling to keep the grass from infesting my garden. I have used a variety of herbicides, mostly RoundUp, along the garden ...
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Weed identification - urban Minnesota

I'm interested in identifying this weed so as to find a method of controlling it. This weed grows in the same location each year.
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My new allotment plot is covered in horsetail

Finally got got off the waiting list and been offered an allotment plot. It's been empty for a while and is completely covered in horsetail. I've just been reading that Horsetail is the 'lodger from ...
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How long do I need to stay off the lawn after applying weed killer?

I have a 17 month old boy that loves to play outside. I just put weed killer down and I didn't see anything on the label saying when it would be safe for kids or pets. How long should I wait before ...
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Help identifying this weed/plant? [duplicate]

We are new to this house and to gardening so don't always know if something is a plant or a weed. These plants are growing among some lavender plants, and in the brick paving next to the beds. Can you ...
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How to control horsetails (equisetum)

I have a neighbor with lots of these horsetails in his yard. (Probaby Equisetum arvense). Where possible I have put six inches of pool liner between his weeds and my garden but they seem unfazed. ...
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What useful things can I use shredded branches for?

I will be carrying out some heavy pruning of some over grown trees (mixture of deciduous, fruit and a few conifers) over the next few months. I am already planning to save some of the thicker, ...
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How to get rid of horse tails from the garden? [duplicate]

Has anyone been successful in getting rid of horse tail weed in an environmentally safe way? It's starting to sprout in many places. If I pull out one, 5 start to grow in the same place.
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How can I get rid of the pennywort that is taking over my dwarf mondo grass?

I have a strip of dwarf mondo grass down the middle of my driveway. Pennywort has started to grow in amongst it, and is gradually spreading and taking over. I have tried manually weeding it out (was ...
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How can I control/remove unwanted grass in flower beds?

I have a flower bed with some ground cover, daffodils, tulips and a few shrubs. Lately grass has been growing pretty much everywhere, including through the ground cover. I tried an herbicide called "...
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Getting sand out of rockery

We live in the desert. The previous house owner had the back yard landscaped with a plastic layer on top of levelled sand and then 2-3 inches of rock on top. Rock size 1-2 inches across. The wind ...
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How do I get rid of phragmites in my lawn?

There are some wetlands in our subdivision which are overrun with phragmites. Some of these have established themselves in our neighbor's backyard and now they're spreading throughout our lawn. I've ...
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How to reseed grass after killing weeds?

My lawn is overran by clover and all sorts of weeds, lawn grass spots here and there, but majority is weeds. I was going to spray with "Orto Weed B Gone Max", then put some top soil and reseed, but I'...
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Is it best to wait for poison ivy to fully sprout leaves before spraying it?

I have a fair amount of poison ivy growing on one part of my fence. Now that spring is here, it's just barely started to grow again, and buds that will turn into the dreaded leaves have began to ...
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Spot application of poison on seed head stalk

Before I go and try to remove a Bahia Grass infestation in my turf, I'm wondering if Glyphosate will be effective if I apply it only along the stalk that the seed-head grows out of? There is a lot of ...
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How to start a bulb bed so that it doesn't need weeding?

When I bought my house (in southern Minnesota), one of the things I loved about it was a flower bed along the side of the garage that requires very very little maintenance. At the end of the summer, I ...
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What is this leafy weed, and how do I get rid of it without harming my vegetable garden?

I bought a house last winter. It has a good size garden in the back which I wanted to plant up. A few weeks ago I went out and dug out a bunch of the weeds pictured below. I dug as deep as possible to ...
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What is this weed, found in UK, with serrated leaves and small green flowers?

It's growing everywhere in my garden and it pops up faster than I can pick it. I'm told it could be dog's mercury or gallant soldier. I'm not sure it looks the same as those. What species could it ...
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What lawn care steps should I take?

I'm a new home owner and I have no idea how I should start to care for my lawn. Should I fertilize before seeding? Should I kill weeds first? Should I used a shade friendly seed? What about aerating ...
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What are some natural ways of killing ground ivy (creeping charlie)?

We have ground ivy (creeping charlie) that is trying to take over our back yard. We are against using pesticides, as we have a young son. Are there natural/organic ways of beating it (other than ...
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How can I get rid of weeds in an overrun garden?

We just bought a house. There is a fenced off area of the backyard with raised garden beds, but it is overrun with weeds. There is nothing currently growing there that we want to keep. The weeds are ...
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What is this weed with ribbed stems and whorls of 1“ to 2” long thin leaves?

Lately this weed has been growing all over my property. It is bright green, has tiny white flowers and kind of creeps along the ground as vines. It comes up fairly easily in clumps when I pull it, ...
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Identification and Removal of Rogue Plant

I have been trying to take over a completely overgrown lawn at a house I purchased since the beginning of April. We removed several trees, bushes and shrubs to the best of our ability and sodded the ...
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What is the Most Effective Ground Cover For a Large Area?

What is the cheapest and most effective ground cover and weed blocker for a large area? I am using black weed blocking sheets but they aren't terribly effective. I'm not sure how to proceed. I'm ...
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Variegated Arboricola shrubs leaves wilting

What can I do to help this Variegated Arboricola to grow healthy and stop wilting? I am in Southern Florida. I was spraying my lawn with Ortho® Weed B Gon® Weed Killer For Lawns Ready-To-Spray2 ...
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How do I remove dandelions without damaging my lawn?

My lawn is infested with dandelions. Although they're benign, the flowers are fun to play with and the plant has several useful properties, it sure is an eyesore and I'd like to get rid of it. How can ...
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How should I remove Bahiagrass from Blue Couch lawn? (Digitaria didactyla, crab grass)

Now it's warming up substantially in Queensland, my Bahiagrass infestation is becoming apparent. Any tips from removing this from my lawn? It's quite long in sections so I have been able to isolate ...