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Are there any drought tolerant plants that will force out weeds in pavement and sidewalk cracks?

In front of my house there is a sidewalk and about 2-3 feet of pavement behind a fence which I'm assuming was formerly dirt that was paved over. I've done my best to work with what I've got and make ...
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What pre-emergent weed killers won't harm my 'Blue Rug' juniper?

I have some weeds that keep coming back in my 'blue rug' junipers. I reasearched it a little and found that pre-emergent weed killers are practical, but I am not sure which ones are safe to use on ...
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What are these 3' to 5' tall plants from my new back yard, and how should I remove them?

I just moved into a new apartment (in Brooklyn, NY) with my own backyard. My girlfriend and I are very excited. However, my backyard is overgrown with that vine-looking-green-stuff. My current plan ...
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What is a long-term solution to a goathead infestation?

I live in New Mexico and bought house with a yard that is absolutely and totally completely infested with goathead plants (For those unfamiliar, here's what their seedpods look like--should be pretty ...
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What is this lawn weed with cut-edged leaves and five petaled pink-purple flowers, found in Belgium?

I have recently had to move, and we have a lawn that has not been taken care of for some time. Due to this it's about 30% grass, with the rest being assorted weeds/wildflowers. I've managed to ...
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Will grass seeding on an existing lawn help prevent/control weed grasses?

Can I use a grass seed on an existing lawn that has some crabgrass and Bermuda grass problems, to help thicken up the lawn to prevent crab/Bermuda grass from growing? I live in Sacramento, Ca.
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Can I use herbicides in flood conditions without harming good plants?

In Arizona, USA, it is monsoon season, meaning that our dry, arid, and rainless state suddenly gets a lot of rain over the period of about two months. This sort of flooding is perfect for spreading ...
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How long before poisons like Round-up become inert?

If I spray some grass with a poison like Round-up or Kills All, how long before that spray is not dangerous to plants? So for example, if after spraying, I walk through the sprayed area and then onto ...
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What is this vine, and how should I kill it?

I'd like to identify this vine, so I can figure out how to kill it. It actually looks kind of pretty, but it's filling a two foot wide gap between my garage and a brick fence, and I'm afraid it's a ...
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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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Is it safe to eat dandelions previously treated with a selective iron herbicide?

Three years ago, I started trying to reduce the number of dandelions in my lawn with a household selective herbicide named Scotts® EcoSense® Weed B Gon® (MSDS and retailer product page). The ...
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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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How do I get rid of sand spurs?

How do I get rid of sand spurs? These suckers pop up all over my lawn around this time of year, and I'm not sure how to get rid of them other than constantly pulling them out. Obviously I can't use a ...
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What is a practical strategy for removing dandelions and bull-thistle from my lawn without them returning?

So I asked a question about how to remove the dandelion and thistle invasion from my lawn, and saw a similar question which mentioned an excellent tool. So I went ahead and purchased the Fiskar ...
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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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Can I use a HVLP spray gun to spray weed killer?

I'm planning on buying a BDPH400 from Black&Decker, looking to get more than just painting out of it, can it be used to spray herbicides like Roundup?
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Managing weeds around fruit trees

I have an elevated garden bed with some citrus trees. The problem is that the whole area is full of weeds (mostly a mix of crabgrass and dandelions) that are nearly as high as the fruit trees. Because ...
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What is a good ground cover for street frontage instead of lawn?

Where I live (Adelaide plains, South Australia) it's very hot and dry in summertime and so I think a lawn is a waste of water if you don't get to enjoy it, such as where the yard is exposed to the ...
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How can I effectively grow strawberries in my borders without weeds suffocating them?

Even if I remove all weeds around my strawberries a month's growth has them smothered in grasses, clover and other weeds. Is there anything I can put down that will help, or do I just need to manually ...
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Do clovers cause any problems?

I have a lot of what I think is Clover in my garden. Should I be concerned?
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How can I remove a bush whose roots are breaking concrete?

In our backyard there is a bush growing up the side of a wall, using a drain pipe to crawl up. Its trunk has grown to be relatively thick (~ 10 cm) and it is now causing the concrete to split on the ...
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What's a good selective herbicide?

I bought a house 2 years ago in San Francisco where the yard had been allowed to do whatever it pleased. Now I have an amazing mix of clover, weeds and grass throughout the entire yard. Is there a ...
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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 ...
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How to get rid of Japanese knotweed (hogweed?)

I have Japanese knotweed growing into my garden from an adjoining neighbour's garden. Does anyone please have any advice of how to get rid of this awful plant? I'm in the UK.
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How can I really get rid of henbit?

Every year in early March it seems I have a ton of henbit in my yard (southern US, zone 7, bermuda grass). Not just around the edges, all over the yard. By May/June it dies off, but it amazes me ...
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Why is triclopyr not available in California?

I'm considering using a triclopyr based herbicide to defeat some clover in my lawn (dwarf fescue) in San Francisco, CA. For example, there is this product: ...
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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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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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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 ...