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Need help controlling purslane germinating after seeding new lawn

I recently reworked a small section of my lawn (200 sqft). This work included solarization, tilling in some compost, rolling flat, spreading seed, top dressing with compost and rolling again. With ...
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Why does Tenacity® (mesotrione) kill bentgrass but not other grasses?

Tenacity (mesotrione) is used to kill bentgrass, clover, and other non-desirables. I get how an herbicide could selectively kill broadleaf weeds while leaving grasses alone, but how does it manage to ...
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Can I use salt for weed control in a play area?

I have a 20 x 20 play area in my backyard and it seems I have to spray with weed killer almost every other month. Can I dump some salt in the area to control the weeds?
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What fungus is this, and how to get rid of it?

Next to our lawn, we have a strip of bark-covered earth where we grow blackberries and raspberries. Some fungus recently appeared on that bark. Yesterday it looked like a handful of wet yellow ...
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Should I be concerned about this weedy grass popping up in my lawn?

I live in Middle Tennessee and have a fescue lawn that is largely dormant right now, since we've been having 90+ degree F days for the better part of two months straight now. Crab grass is thriving, ...
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Am I wasting my time pulling dallisgrass seed pods before mowing?

My fescue lawn that is largely dormant right now because of the heat, but dallisgrass is thriving and driving me crazy. I started pulling out by hand the tall seed pod stalks before mowing my yard, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 with a red base and thick woody roots, and how can I get rid of it?

This grass is slowly taking over my yard, and it's 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 broadleaf weed killer is not ...
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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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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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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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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 is ...
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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 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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Getting rid of deadly nightshade

I have just discovered I have some Deadly Nightshade plants growing on my property, and I'm not sure of the best way to deal with them. The plants seem pretty well established - they must be about 2 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 which ...
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Save my blueberry bush from weeds?

My "raised" beds are infested with weeds and way too high maintenance, so I am planning on completely obliterating the garden, putting down weed block fabric, topping it with sand and rocks and pavers,...
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What is solarization?

I asked a solarization question earlier. BUT I'm not 100% on exactly how to do it. It's the first time I've heard the term and seemed to me that it mapped my frame of mind and didn't use chemicals. ...
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Save my red currant bush from weeds?

My "raised" beds are infested with weeds and way too high maintenance, so I am planning on completely obliterating the garden, putting down weed block fabric, topping it with sand and rocks and pavers,...
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Looking for plants to out-compete poison parsnip

This is my garden. It is nice. However, as you can see along the road I have a lot of tall weeds growing and one of them is poison parsnip. I'm trying to come up with a good thing that I could ...
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Weed control matting and veg beds

I have a couple of raised veg beds. They're currently covered over with some weed control matting, as it's winter and I'm hoping to need to do a little less weeding come spring. However I'm ...
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What are the benefits of solarization?

I am trying to cull crabgrass from my desert yard. I live in central Arizona. The crabgrass will grow in intense heat and seems very robust. It tends to grow more rapidly in shaded areas of the ...
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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 ...
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What are these weeds & how can I prevent them? [closed]

In one of my past posts, I asked how to seed my 20 x 25 ft backyard. I had great results by following your recommendations. I also left 1 1/2 ft as a bare ground border, keeping it weeded by pulling ...
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Is it possible to get rid of 50 acres of weed (thistles)?

I'm eyeing a 50-acre property to plant fruit trees and vegetables. There is a rather ideal property that is overgrown with thistles feet tall. We are talking about 50 acres of this stuff. Before I ...
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Salting tennis lawns

I have heard that tennis lawns are salted to kill the weeds. So I was wondering why doesn't the salt kill the grass also ?
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What is this low-growing weed with purple flowers in Australia?

Can anyone please tell me what type of weed this is? It is growing spread throughout an area of grass/lawn, in mid-spring in Toowoomba, Australia. What would be an effective method to control it?
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What is this weed? [duplicate]

I am located in Molalla Oregon and this weed has grown like crazy in my outdoor riding arena. The ground is hard and dry and mostly sandy-gravel. I do not want it to spread into my horse pasture or ...
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When to overseed after putting down weed killer

I just broadcast some 2, 4d amine weed killer and was planning to aerate and overseed in the near future. How long after applying the 2,4d amine weed killer is it advisable to overseed?
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What is the most effective way to eradicate burdock, curly dock and mugwort from a field?

We've got a small "meadow" area that is in bad shape from new home construction. Despite heavy seeding with native warm-season grasses and proper mowing, the area is overrun with mugwort, curly dock, ...
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Is this a small Giant Hogweed plant?

It has white blotches on the stem and leaves. I don't see purple or hairs, but is it Giant Hogweed? It's in a bed next to my house.
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New backyard grass

I removed my pool and my backyard is also full of (small) weed. I was thinking or renting a rototiller, till the whole backyard. Level the whole yard (to fill up the pool hole). After I would buy nice ...
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Why doesn't my turf grow against the exterior wall?

My grass does not grow under the eve of the roof and against the brick wall even though the area receives full sun. Instead, a broadleaf grass intruder has taken over. What is causing this to happen?

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