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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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Are there any common allelopathic plants suitable as a pre-lawn winter cover crop?

Being March in the Southern hemisphere, winter is approaching. I have just had my very-weedy front yard levelled. Most of the weeds have been removed, but I don't want to sow grass until I've given ...
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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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How can I turn my gravel driveway into a green driveway? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What ground cover would be best for my old stone driveway? Any ideas for what I could either seed directly onto gravel or plant for reasonable quick growth (ground ...
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What are the steps to prepare an overgrown, grassy area for gardening?

We have an area that we attempt to use for gardening every year. It makes a nice garden area of about 10 feet wide by 20 feet deep. It will probably end up being the subject of several questions. ...
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What is this weed/grass and what to do with it?

I have a weed that looks like grass with a flower/seed/wheat looking thing at the top. What is it and how do I get rid of it in my yard?
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Keeping my ground cover planting free of unwanted vines and weeds

Every year I have to wade into a steeply sloped tree lawn beside my driveway that is planted in Myrtle and Pacasandra to remove wild blackberry vines, a very long vined weed (maybe Creeping Charlie - ...
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How do I restore my lawn without having to re-sod the property?

We've been in our home for roughly three years. The previous owners did a less than stellar job at maintaing the lawn, so I've spent quite a bit of time trying to get it back into fair condition ...
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What is the proper technique for using a flame weeder?

How do I use a propane flame weeder in my garden? I want to use it to keep weeds under control but I do not want to harm my vegetables.
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Is my woody old sage plant finished?

I have an old woody sage plant (I think it's sage) in my herb garden. It's probably several years old and no longer looks in great shape. Also, I have allowed the grass and weeds to smother its base. ...
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Is early November too late in the season to overseed, repair a cool-season lawn?

I'm wondering if it would be too late in the season to overseed, repair a cool-season lawn in preparation for the coming Spring. I live in Atlantic Canada. I've been fighting with our lawn since we ...
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What is this broad-leaved weed in my lawn and how do I kill it?

I live in San Francisco, and this plant has invaded my lawn with a vengeance. Pics are below. Its leaves/stems are slightly fuzzy, and its roots are kind of woody. It pops up all over the place and ...
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Will leveling uneven lawns with extra sand kill future lawns?

I just removed my old front stoop: it was a wall of field stone, filled with a layer of pea stone and 2x8x8 cubic feet of sand, and finally covered by slate. I want to level my very uneven lawn with ...
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How do I get rid of broad-leaved dock in my strawberry bed?

I have a strawberry bed that the strawberry plants like to grow in, but broad-leaved dock (also known as Bitter Dock, Bluntleaf Dock, Dock Leaf or Butter Dock) seems to like it better. They are trying ...
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How do I get rid of wild blackberry?

I have an area that is being taken over by wild blackberry thickets. this area had been growing wild flowers and is on a dry southwest slope. How do I get rid of them, preferably via organic means, ...
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How to stop grass growing through landscape pebbles?

I have an area in my front yard where I have a row of dwarf Buxus surround by a strip of decorative pebbles. I layed down a sheet of lining to prevent the grass from growing through the pebbles, but ...
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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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How do I remove Bermuda grass without destroying my cool-season lawn?

I am having trouble controlling Bermuda grass through my cool-season lawn (grass type Fescue). I live in Lancaster, PA USDA Zone 6. Is there an effective method of removing it without effecting the ...
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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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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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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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Using carpet to stop weeds

I've got these citrus trees in my back yard but they're surrounded by weeds (5 foot high). The garden bed is elevated and hard to mow. I also have this old carpet just waiting to be thrown away. I'm ...
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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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Do I need to put landscape fabric under ground cover plant to prevent weeds growing?

I have a large hillside area, 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 area. I am not sure ...
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What is this weed and how do I get rid of it?

I'm located in northern Utah, USA. There is a weed which is proving difficult to control, which I haven't been able to identify. It is usually fairly easy to pull, but you only get a small bit of ...
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Vine-like, deep-rooted very aggressive weed - what is it and how do I get rid of it?

I've been trying to find out what weed this is (see photo), but I can't seem to find a definitive answer. The weed mainly grows in the hedges of the garden, and appears to be choking it. It twists up ...
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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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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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What is this weed in my lawn and how do I control it?

I have this stuff growing throughout my yard. I live in Southern NJ, USA. It seems to only appear Mid/Late July - August. It grows in patches and if I don't pull, can spread pretty rapidly across ...
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Should I bag lawn clippings from a crabgrass-infested lawn?

I know all the recommendations are to NOT bag the lawn (assuming a mulching mower), however, given a crabgrass-infested lawn (approx 50% surface coverage is crab grass), is it better to bag the ...
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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 is this plant and how can I remove it from the ground?

There is a patch of dirt on a hill covered with this plant (shown below). I'd like to pull them all out and make room for flowers and such. The second photo shows that the roots of this sucker go way ...
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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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What's an organic way to discourage crabgrass from a large “lawn”?

I have a large area that's infested with crabgrass. I'd like to use organic methods to encourage the grass mix over the crabgrass. The fact that it's a large area means I can't afford to apply (nor ...
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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 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 ...