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How do I quickly remove crabgrass without too much manual labour?

My backyard is being overtaken with crabgrass again. It started later this year than last. In the early spring, I rented a de-thatcher/powerrake and cleaned up the year of a lot of dead material (to ...
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What type of weeds are these?

I've tried looking but I can't seem to find the name of these weeds (in Australia): The leaves don't grow any larger than in the photo. It is vine-type and can spread for metres. Vine-root stuff is ...
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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 to get rid of bermuda grass without using chemicals

I live in Northern California. I have found that Bermuda grass is extremely invasive and am ready to give up the lawn. We want to move to a native plant garden instead. I have been reading about ...
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my lawn has been over taken by weeds [duplicate]

I have a huge lawn infront and behind my house. I have thought of weed killers but am in Halifax, and there is a law or something about weed killers. It is irritating and I can barely even see the ...
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How to get rid of Smilax aspera

I need to clean and restore an old olive plantation which was not cultivated for around 20 years and is now covered with weeds, bushes and spruce tree. I'm new to olive trees but have clean almost ...
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How do I remove dandelions and bull thistle from my lawn?

My backyard is completely (seriously, completely) infested with weeds -- bull thistles (or spear thistles) and dandelions (the common yellow-flower weed), to be specific. Bull Thistle (source: ...
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How to deal with invasive Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven)

My neighbors have a great tall Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven). Apparently, before I moved into my house, so did our yard. We now have an enormous stump and a bazillion new shoots that come up from ...
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What is this weed and how can I kill it?

I'm having a hard time identifying the weed pictured below. I live in southwest Connecticut. I have a smallish flat area behind my house where this was rampant. I dug up all of it that I could ...
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Clearing composted matter from weed seeds by using heat

I successfully created several composts over the last two years using, what I believe is the "cold compost method". I have an open heap which I turn from time to time during the initial year. I used ...
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New construction, horrible lawn

We moved into our new house in late March and started with mud. The builder put down seed with a hand spreader and put straw down on the sloped parts of the yard. He then told me to only water 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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Nutsedge nightmare. Is there an organic solution that will rid my lawn of ever spreading nutsedge?

I have been battling purple nutsedge (Cyperus rotundus) and yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus) as long as I've had a lawn. These weeds grow from tubers. The tuber networks are connected by a baby ...
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Should I till the area around the house where I'm going to relandscape?

I'm pulling up the mulch and fiber around my house from the previous owners. It was poorly laid and it turned into a big weed issue. Some parts they only put mulch down and no fiber/plastic. I've ...
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What is this furry, prickly leafed plant, found in the UK?

I've just moved into a new house and these weeds are dominating the garden. Any idea what they are or the best way to control them?
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Weeds, Grass, Soil: What to fix first?

My backyard is pretty much a weed garden. I have the following concurrent problems: Poor soil (mostly hard clay) Lots of weeds (mostly bull thistle and some dandelions) Dead grass (around 30-50% of ...
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Effective weed elimination along paved driveway

As a matter of principal we don't spray Glyphosate (Roundup) or other herbicides on our property. I'm well aware of its effectiveness as a non-selective herbicide but choose not to use it for a number ...
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What's the best mulch material for a vegetable garden?

I want to lay mulch down around my already established plants to help retain moisture and discourage weeds. Is there a recommended material for this? Or at least some materials I should know to ...
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How do I kill mile-a-minute weed?

I have a large area covered in mile-a-minute plants. They have been spreading fast and killing out the other plants. How can I kill them permanently without hurting other plants?
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Plants like chimney sprouting in Iran - what are they?

I see some plants like chimney grows behind my sunflowers that you can see in picture: location:western foothills of Iran What are these and should I remove these from garden?
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Forcing a clover takeover of my lawn

I have weeds in my grass lawn. Not an uncommon situation, I understand. I have a few types of weeds. One type grows like — well, like weeds: quickly and tall. And unsightly. Then there's ...
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Killing weeds with vinegar/soap solution

Hi there a friend suggested that we use a vinegar based recipe to deal with large weeds and brambles in our yard. The recipe he quoted was 4 cups white vinegar 4 cups apple cider vinegar 1 box of ...
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How do I get rid of Crab grass in an over grown garden that will be a veggie garden next season?

I am in central Alberta, Canada, Zone 3. I just moved into a house that has raised planting beds for a veggie garden but is COMPLETELY full of crab grass and various other lovely weeds and grasses. It ...
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Is this plant Giant Hogweed?

In getting our spring landscaping underway, we've run into a bush that a family member is sure that this plant (pictured) is Giant Hogweed. Click photo for full size British Columbia considers this ...
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How can I control thistle in a lawn?

Our back fence (an iron bar fence) borders a golf course, and between us and the fairway is about 50 feet of "native" landscaping. This mostly means long, native grass (some type of crab grass?). ...
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Does Trimec kill grasses (fescue)

Located in North Carolina. Mostly a fescue lawn. well established, some new sod from last fall, some new grass seed from this spring. Let, I have weeds. Some areas of my lawn are fighting a good ...
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How do I control the broadleaf weeds taking over my centipedegrass lawn?

I have a lawn that was neglected for a long time - I've done a fair share of Weed-n-feed for a few months, but the weeds continue to prosper in the lawn. I know the soil is great (rich, moist, black ...
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Please shed light on argument about weeding

Our landscape is mostly natural: cedar, prickly pear, hedgehog cactus, shrubs, foxglove flowers, random weeds, and grass-like weeds. My dad wanted me to pull all of the grass out and place it in a ...
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How quickly can I kill weeds by covering them?

I want to plant some seeds soon and have a load of creeping charlie in my garden beds. If I throw down a tarp, about how long would it take for the weeds to be completely killed? Would laying down ...
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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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How do I bake weeds out of my landscaping?

I've got a rock area around the back of my house that is getting overrun by weeds. The reason the weeds are able to grow there is because the weed barrier has shifted some so there are gaps between ...
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How can I control erosion and weeds on a rock retaining wall?

I live on a sloped lot in Utah (just north of Salt Lake City, USDA zone 7b) with several rock retaining walls (small boulders 3-5' in diameter). After hard rains I've noticed considerable dirt plumes ...
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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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Will herbicides (like RoundUp) prevent stickers from germinating?

I'm fighting a losing battle with these plants (pictured). No idea what they are called, but I always just call them "stickers". I tried pulling them with the sticker pods intact and disposing of ...
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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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How can I control weeds in asparagus

I planted asparagus this year, and I have used a water permeable weed barrier to control weeds. But this does not seem like a good idea going forward, as I don't want to discourage the spread of the ...
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How do you remove weeds from a weed mat? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I bake weeds out of my landscaping? How to stop grass growing through landscape pebbles? How do you best remove weeds that have infiltrated a weed mat covered ...
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Is there any way to get rid of bamboo?

Is there any real way to get rid of bamboo? I have tried digging, every variety of round up, even salting the ground but it just keeps growing. Is there anything I can do (short of calling in an ...
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Soil-less raised garden bed with straw

I used a new soil-less method for my recent raised vegetable bed. This is the method I used: Softened the soil by loosening with a fork. Laid soaked cardboard in the diameter of the bed, overlapping ...
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How do I kill couch grass organically prior to sowing a lawn?

The area of yard I intend to sow as lawn is around 150sqm, and has just been levelled by machinery which removed much of the plant material. Most parts of it have just had a shallow layer scraped off ...
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What can I plant in dandelion graves?

As part of my other question, I started uprooting dandelions. How successful, exactly, in removing the root, I'm not sure. Assuming that I am not always extracting 100% of the root, what can I put in ...
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Is a weed whacker able to whack weeds?

I always thought weed whackers were for hard to reach areas that a mower can't get, but now that I think of the name... can a weed whacker be used to kill weeds? When I say kill I mean get rid of ...
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How can I verify the total extraction of dandelion roots?

I've started unearthing those dandelions (why do I bother? What exactly do they do to my lawn). The root is notoriously long and brittle. How do I know if I got the whole thing out? It always looks ...
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Can I kill dandelions and bull thistle with darkness?

Dandelions and bull thistle own my backyard. It's their turf now. (I'm a game developer, not a gardener.) I've tried a couple of things to kill them. I think I've decided to go with some uprooting ...
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Will dandelion spray made with iron supplements work?

If I buy over-the-counter iron supplements at a drug store, mix with water and spray on dandelions, will it kill them? If so, how much iron do I need and is it more cost effective to make this ...
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What is this leafy weed, and how do I get rid of it without harming vegetable garden?

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 the best way to remove grass from my ground cover Sedum?

I have a bed of Improved Golden Sedum that is healthy in every way, but wants to go back to lawn. This is difficult to weed, because the grass has a very dense shallow root system, while the Sedum has ...
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“sterilizing” a flower bed

We recently moved into a new house that has a flower bed that is completely infested with weeds. It's basically solid weeds. We spent the day hand-weeding and getting rid of most of what we can see. ...
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Should I be using pre-emergent or post-emergent herbicide?

The air temperature is in the mid 60s, and already the weeds started to germinate. Is this a good time to spray a pre-emergent herbicide or is it too late? Should I apply a post-emergent herbicide ...
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Will over spray from Ortho Weed-B-Gon Max kill my flowers?

I was spraying some Ortho Weed-B-Gon Max on my lawn, and some of the mist/over-spray got in and around my flower bed (on flowers). Are my flowers doomed, or is there still hope that they will live ...