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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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Are these weeds?

This is the first year I'm taking care of a vegetable patch. It's a total of ~6m² which I have divided up into smaller areas. I have sown some seeds two weeks ago which are beginning to sprout. ...
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What’s this plant?

Found these coming up quickly in my yard and not sure what they are. I live in Northeast Ohio. Stem starts out red then turns green.
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Need help fixing my awful front lawn

Just purchased this home and I don’t even know where to start, the front yard is full of weeds and rock. Any suggestions on easy cost effective fixes?
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Weed barrier under rocks failed: What can I do now?

I used this weed barrier under my Mexican River Rocks, and now weeds are growing through the barrier. Any recommendations for what kind of material I can use to prevent this from happening again?
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What are these seedlings?

Click for large image: I planted a spider-plant cutting, in a pot that included some home-made compost. The pot has sprouted 4 tiny seedlings. Can anyone identify them from these pictures? If I ...
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How can I help a newly sprouted seed lawn compete with faster growing clover?

I have exciting new grass seedlings sprouting, some weeds appear to be gaining: My basic questions: Is it better to manually pull the oxalis, or let the grass try and compete? If I pull, how much ...
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What is this Colorado weed? I believe it is some variety of willow herb

Invasive flowering weed. Small white flowers that turn into frothy seed heads. Small, tight cluster of shiny leaves at base. I'm at 8,150ft elevation in the Rocky mountains. Riparian environment.
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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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What is this plant with purple flowers growing next door?

Does anyone know what this plant is? It seems to be growing wildly without any help next to our building in Malmö, Sweden Also, if you can identify it, any idea if I can propagate it and how?
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Patches of weedy grass in lawn

I have at least a dozen areas in my lawn that have these longer patches of grass. It's clearly a different species than the rest of my lawn, but I don't know why it keeps popping up. It grows 2x/3x ...
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How to tell lucerne(alfalfa) apart from clover?

This question has zero utilitarian purpose and is purely out of curiosity. Mature lucerne is huge compared to clover. But when it's 10 cm tall they look very similarly. How to tell what plant is there?...
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How true is the idea that weeding your vegetable garden is necessary?

I have heard constantly that weeding is a must for growing healthy vegetables else the weeds will "steal nutrients" from the plants you want to grow and your garden will produce less. How ...
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A weed that looks like a flower but comes out like a dandilion

There is a weed in my garden, and the bud looks like a flower, but when it comes out it is seeds like a Taraxacum Erythrospermum plant. Pictures:
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I have a clover-like plant in my garden, and I'm not sure if it is a weed

I have a plant that is popping up everywhere in my garden and lawn, and I'm not sure if it is a weed. It looks like a clover but smaller(about half a feet) and has yellow flowers. It is in North ...
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Is this plant a weed, or is it some vegetable?

I came up to my garden, and spotted this plant. I am wondering if it is a weed, or if it is a vegetable. It is growing in North Carolina, United States. Images:
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Help me identify this weed growing in my lawn

It is 'branchy' and lies low evading the lawn mower. Do you know what it is?
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Why are weeds growing with my new seeds?

So before planting new seeds I did two applications of weed killer about 1 week apart. I thought I had gotten rid of all weeds mainly the dandelions that were growing. I was all the leaves go brown ...
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Whats going on with my lawn? Grass or weed?

Lawn: Close up of lawn after a mow: Grass pulled out: So if you look at the 3 pictures can you tell me if its grass growing and if so which type? Or is this weeds? I bought the coated Scotts seed ...
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Should I install gravel or artificial turf in a trapezoid-shaped yard?

I have a trapezoidal back yard. Part of it has some old artificial turf on top of paved surface. This surface isn't completely even, but with turf it's not quite visible. Another part has grass. I ...
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Is this a weed growing in pot?

My concrete rooftop is so hot, that cactuses and weeds are pretty much the only thing that survive. We’re in the Caribbean. So I was surprised when I saw something that doesn’t look like a cactus ...
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Someone please help identify these two pictures

Hi everyone so I just started becoming more then obsessed with my lawn after 8 years of HO. I’ve always been obsessed with any lawn but could never get the lawn I wanted. So now I’ve Been on a mission ...
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Garden weed or something else

Is the attached bindweed or something else? I have it all over and was planning to treat with glyphosphate as there are a lot of other weeds as well ( poison ivy, creeping charlie)1
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does steam kills weed seeds in compost

I have some compost material from a group of homes, if I wanted to sell them to organic farmers, will steam treating them kill all the weed seeds inside it?
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Identify thick grassy lumps in my lawn

I'm a bit of a gardening newbie, so I hope this is not a stupid question. I've noticed a few thick grassy lumps appearing on my lawn. They're much thicker and have grass-like leaves growing from ...
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What is this awful leafy plant that's taking over my lawn, and how to get rid of it?

Over the last few years, an aggressive, leafy weed has gradually taken over the grass of my back yard in Northern California. It spreads its roots horizontally and occasionally sprouts up purple ...
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Does Poa annua always flower and produce seed in the spring?

I have been maintaining a relatively new lawn over the last two seasons (it was seeded two years ago). My primary goals right now are to encourage the lawn to fill in better/thicken up, and to keep ...
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How can I remove the aggressive weeds growing in my fescue?

I have a fescue lawn that is about 1.5 acres (hand picking weeds is not an option). As spring began, these weeds (see pictures below) have started growing in the fescue. My guess is that the tall thin ...
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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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Identify - Spiky grass like plant invading lawn

I just moved to a new place and my neglected lawn has lots of these spiky "grasses". They seem to be very resilient, difficult to pull out and need a good bit of forking to get to the roots. ...
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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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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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What are the spikey patches of grass on my lawn?

I have moved into a new build house and the lawn already has "spikey grass" parts consistently over the lawn. Around 60 patches in an area of 50 sq metres. In places, around 1 inch taller ...
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Weed with giant orange root system

We had a "Tree" in the back yard which we did not plant. Leaves are about 8 inches in length and about 3 inches wide, very waxy. The roots look like extremely long carrots. The largest was ...
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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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How/When to Remove Dead Weeds and Reseed Lawn?

Apologies in advance if this is a duplicate; I have read some other similar questions but each scenario is so individual that it is hard to know exactly which advice to apply. My yard, which is all in ...
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Would unwashed (dirty) river rock used over weed block fabric allow weeds to grow?

Landscaper used dirty river rock over weed block fabric.
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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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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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Possible weed identification

Good evening, This spring/summer, a plant emerged, and I'm not sure if it's a weed or not. It's grown about 3ft this year, and there are a few of the same plant within a radius of about a metre. If it'...
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How to stop weeds from growing through weed barrier without weed killer?

I put down weed barrier, then a layer of enough gravel to hide the weed barrier. The weeds are growing through anyway. I am hesitant to apply week killer, as we may want to change the land use to ...
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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 short plant with spiky leaves and yellow flowers that turn orange/red?

Located near Chicago, IL, USA This plant started growing around July and a month later produced some yellow flowers. It seems that the flowers turn orange when they are dying. It is about 1 foot tall. ...
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What is this tall (2-3m) plant with yellow flowers blooming in August?

Located near Chicago, IL, USA It started growing in the spring. It has grown 2-3 meters and recently (August) produced small yellow flowers. I checked the suggested similar questions but did not see ...
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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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Help identifying weed in lawn

I've got this weed that started in the far corner of my lawn, and is making its way into the middle of the yard. It's the heart-shaped plant in the picture below. I'm in the Boston area. I appreciate ...
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What is this monster plant with green leaves and thick red stem?

I suspect this is a weed of some type. The stem is similar to poke weed (but thicker), and does not have the same leave shape or small flowers. I want to pull it out of my garden, but I am interested ...
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What is this tall plant or weed? (with photos)

What is this plant / weed? [see photos below] It's about 6+ feet tall now, though I'm guessing most people don't let them grow this tall. This is growing currently (August, 2020) in northwest Ohio.
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What is this plant / weed? (with photos)

What is this plant? It's about 6 feet tall now, though I assume most people don't let them grow this big. This is growing currently (early August) in northwest Ohio.
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