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Can anyone tell me if this is a weed

Can anyone tell me what this is. I have about 10 in my yard first i thought they were blueberrys then maybey peach or nectarine trees. But they dont match anything. Any help would be appreciated.
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Please help me identify this plant growing over the fence

I had this hedge cut back 2 months ago, but it is growing back really fast. Do you know what it is? And how I can remove/control it? EDIT: this is in the Cotswolds, UK. Thanks
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How long for kids to play after spraying

How soon can kids play on lawn if roundup was sprayed? I just sprayed roundup on the perimeter of my lawn, my 4 year old wants to go play in the yard, how long until it's safe also how long will it be ...
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How can I save my garden?

My garden has slowly turned into a wild garden with more weeds than grass. The weeds were flowering yellow before I cut last week (I now wish I had taken a photo!). Its small - 7x4 metres. Is there ...
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Bulk granular weed killer for dandelions in NW Ohio?

Explanation: I have around 5 acres of grass that is quickly being overtaken by dandelions. In years past, I've used liquid broadleaf killer to knock them down, and it's done a pretty good job. But I'...
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Is there a ground cover that will choke out plants from growing up through it while letting established trees survive in zone 4a?

Last year I had a disastrous Canadian thistle problem, and am wondering if I can do anything to choke out the thistle, and any grass from popping up. I know some plants will kill trees, but will ...
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Manual removal of Oxalis? (e.g. Wood Sorrel / Sour grass ) [duplicate]

What works to keep Oxalis in check? I am working at a home where it is everywhere, in a city where it is common. The online advice I've found is not matching up with my experience. Each plant I have ...
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De-weeding a raised bed

I build this raised bed about 4 months ago. The bottom of the bed is in contact with earth and judging by the length of the weeds the weeds might be growing all the way up and through from the ground. ...
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Will these weeds reduce in winter?

These weeds are about 4 feet high. I can either weed whack them now (late September), or wait until early spring. Will I have a much easier time cutting them back in spring? I'd prefer to do it now, ...
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Can I use medium weight white shade cloth as a weed barrier under gravel, under my deck?

Can I use medium weight white shade cloth as a weed barrier under gravel, under my deck? I have a ton of it in a very wide roll. The white shade cloth appears to be more tightly woven and heavier ...
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Will my Kentucky Bluegrass die if I let nature have its way?

Photos below show the three species which have taken over my half-acre yard in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I believe these are Kentucky Bluegrass (60%), Crabgrass (30%), and Creeping Charlie (10%). The ...
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Hedge with bindweed growing inside

I have a hedge with bindweed rooted in the middle of it and constantly pulling out what is reachable is a big task every time and rips my arms to shreds. I was considering getting some Roundup Gel as ...
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Weed control near recently seeded lawn area

I have recently re-seeded a small section of my lawn (about 100 sqf) with a 'blend' of mostly Fescue - and these seeds have started to germinate. However, I'm also battling an infestation of Creeping ...
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Bosch grass strimmer - change nylon string cutter for solid wire cutter

Have Bosch grass strimmer equips with nylon cord cutter. Would like to change the nylon reel for one of the numerous wire disc strimmer attachments but not sure how to set about it.
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Can I use cardboard as a barrier for laying a lawn?

I've heard of people using cardboard as an effective weed barrier for, for example, making a raised bed on top of a lawn - laying cardboard down on lawn, wetting it and planting over this. I've been ...
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How long should I wait to sow seeds after spraying weedkiller?

I have wildflower seeds to spread on a patch of unused ground. To give them more of an edge I want to weed kill first with standard glycophosphate home weedkiller. How long if at all should I wait ...
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Need some advice on a lawn full of weed

I just purchased a house here in Central Texas and looks like the lawn was not cared for what so ever. Filled with weeds and random vegetation, it is an eye sore to look at. I have attached pictures ...
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How to clean long neglected, partially sunken landscape rocks

Not sure if there is really an easy method, but here is our situation with two pictures. It is a relatively large area (~1100 sq. ft.) inside a vinyl fence, so not easy to get heavy machinery in. I ...
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How do I rehabilitate a lawn at a lakefront

First time poster on stack, hoping to get some advice on how to restore a lawn. The property here is a cottage in Ontario, right on the water (as you can see from the picture). What you can also see ...
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Can composting worms be used to remove live weed seeds?

In vermiculture, if you put organic matter with live weed seeds into your worm farm, do the worms eat the weed seeds? It seems like they would, as seeds tend to be nutritious, and worms are animals, ...
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How heavily are herbicide products restricted in the UK?

Recently I've been finding every product, or type of product, I read about online for specialised weed control is impossible to source in the UK. Examples include: quinchlorac products for weed ...
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I have a fern-like weed that does not bloom and it spreads by runners. It grows about 9 inches high and chokes out everything in sight. What is it?

Someone told me it is mugwort, but it doesn't have a rhizome and it doesn't bloom. It also doesn't have long stems; it's pretty low to the ground. It choked out an entire perennial bed last summer. ...
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How to/should I get rid of these weeds

I have these weeds in my front yard that is infesting my lawn. I have already pulled out 20-30 of these little cabbage looking weeds and there’s a 100 more to go! These things leave nasty holes in the ...
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Any weedkillers that are safe for Catnip and Catmint?

I have an area full of catmint and catnip that I'd like to spray to control for weeds. Unfortunately, all the "Kills weeds and not your lawn" products I could find will target for catmint/...
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I found a blue plastic tarp about 6 inches under landscaped area in the front yard. Can I remove it?

I have encountered a curious situation I'm hoping someone can solve. When I started digging a hole to plant a young bush in my front yard, I saw 1-2 inches of wood chip mulch, then a black landscaping ...
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Finding my way out of Kikuyu Hell

I have a problem with Kikuyu which feels like its "too hard" for me to deal with, and I'd be grateful for any advice, thoughts or productive comments. My property is in Auckland, New ...
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Options for lanscaping around pool and foundation

When we first moved in, the plants around the pool were severely overgrown and seemed to provide a nice habitat for roaches/insects that liked to swim in our pool. Last summer we removed all the ...
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How to spring reseed cool season grass + pre-emergent herbicide

I did a bit of lawn repair last Fall in our front area, which was a reasonable success. I am thinking of doing the same to other parts of the lawn. I know that Fall is the best time for this kind of ...
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Controlling a thorny vine in a wooded area

First, if somebody can identify this thorny vine, I'd certainly appreciate it. It seems to be extremely common in wooded areas of Northern Virginia. It is roughly as thick as a plastic drinking straw ...
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How to get rid of this plant

This plant (or different plants?) has started to spread across my lawn. What is it and how can I get rid of it without harming the grass? If it is relevant, I live in northern Mississippi.
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Chemical for removing Couch grass from Kikuyu grass

Is there any chemical I can use that will kill invading Couch grass but leave the Kikuyu grass alive?
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Are woven geotextile fabric really permeable?

I plan to build a garden path covered with pine barks. To prevent weeds there should be some kind of ground cover under the barks, and this cover must be water permeable. I bought a woven geotextile ...
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Trimmer Line spool too loose inside head

I have a single line auto feed weed whacker, that I've bought replacement line for. The problem is that the line I bought is wound around a spool thats about 10cm in diameter, so when I wrap it around ...
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Weeds in paver spacing: help with identification & suggestions

Probably due to the age of the house (~30 years old), a lot of weeds now grow in between pavers in my backyard. I read that I can use polymeric sand to fill in that space, but that sounds like ...
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How to kill weeds (see picture) without killing tall fescue grass

Does anyone know what the weeds are called below? In addition, does anyone know how to remove them without killing the tall fescue grass? There is a lot of land so picking the weeds is not a realistic ...
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Wild violets gone -now what ? What is the right sequence of operations to re seed?

My backyard was the largest plantation of wild violets known in North America. The grass was gone almost suffocated and in order to remove them I let them grow for the entire summer (so that they at ...
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Can leaves be used as a good mulch?

Wood chippings are often used as a natural mulch but I have a far greater abundance of leaves since my property is surrounded with beech and sycamore (a type of common maple) trees. Clearly these ...
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Large lawn with patches full of weeds in northwest Mass

Looking for suggestions on the best course of action for our lawn scattered with weeds. Our property is about 1 acre in Greenfield, MA and there are several patches with particularly high weed density....
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Killing weeds with a drill

Does anyone know if killing weeds mechanically using a rotary tool like a drill work? For example, the 'Weed Spinner': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld96e0mOrs4 How come they aren't so widely used ...
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How do I make weed killer at home?

I am looking to maintain a small patch of loose rock/pebbles in my yard: There's a fair bit of weed growing through the pebbles. I am hesitant to use Glyphosate as its an over kill and I've heard has ...
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What is the best way to de-weed a lawn?

As a very inexperienced gardener, what is the best way to de-weed a lawn? Having recently moved into a new house, the garden is generally in a very good condition- the previous owners were obviously ...
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What is this extension of my Mango Tree? Is it weed or is it helpful for it?

My 3 year old Mango Tree has some kind of extension on it. What is it? Should I remove it or let it stay?
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Manage weeds around parkway strip with maple trees

Current State: I have a parkway strip of about 500 sq ft in MA. The picture included is 30 percent of it. Rest of it is also similar to picture. I have about 5 maple trees (2 year olds) in there. ...
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Is this Johnsonsgrass

I have it all over my newly renovated yard. I believe it was brought in with the back fill when they used to grade my yard after I installed a pool... I think it's Johnsonsgrass, or at least that's ...
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New weed with long root runners - need to identify and eliminate

I have some weeds growing in the garden, but don't know what it is or how to get rid of it. Your help is appreciated. I have an area of shrubs with barck mulch all around. I noticed these green ...
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New lawn has weed rampaging through it

I’ve just seeded a lawn about four weeks ago, and two days in I saw some green growth. I thought it was one of the clover varietals, but it turns out to be a plantain weed. Fast forward, it has ...
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How long should I leave after spraying a glyphosate weed killer before I cut back the weeds?

I have applied a glyphosate weed killer and I can see that over the course of a few days the leaves will wither and after a couple of weeks most are completely dry and shrivelled. When I am clearning ...
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Ant hills replaced dead grass

I used a general purpose weed killer to kill off clumps of grass in my driveway. Now all of those dead clumps of grass have been replaced by tons of ant hills. What’s going on? Do I need to be ...
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Grass For Low-Maintenance Drainage Ditch in Austin Texas

I'm trying to figure out what would be the best grass to plant in a drainage ditch behind my house. Specifically, I'm looking for something that best meets the following criteria: lowest maintenance ...
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What kind of weed is this taking over the yard?

Can anyone identify this? It's starting to take over parts of my yard. I'm in Chicago, if that helps. Once we identify it, any recommendations to mitigate it?
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