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How to get rid of bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) once and for all?

I have an allotment in England where I grow vegetables and fruit. One of the biggest problems I am having with it (other than the soil desperately needing fertilising) is the bindweed infestation. I ...
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What is this plant in my lawn?

When I mowed my overgrown UK lawn yesterday, I noticed a network of thin vines. There was also less grass in these patches. I looked and found the leaves of this plant in the areas I hadn't mowed yet. ...
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What is this monster thistle-like weed?

What is this monster weed? It grows back every year and I yank it, but I can't dig out the tap root because it's too close to the gas line. It is in Norfolk, VA, USA in full sun. I'm kind of ...
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How do I control weeds and moss on a brick walkway and driveway?

I have a brick driveway and a brick walkway. There is no grout between the bricks. In the sunny areas, small weeds grow between the bricks. In the shadier areas, moss grows between the bricks. The ...
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What is this weed and how can I eliminate it?

I live in Nova Scotia, and I have been fighting with this weed for at least 7 years. It is in my flower garden. I have gone so far as to try to follow each of the white roots though the soil and ...
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What is this tiny strawberry-like fruit found in a Southern Illinois lawn?

I live in southern Illinois, and earlier today I noticed this small red fruit in my yard. It looks kind of like a strawberry, but it's the size of a small raspberry (about 1/4 inches in diameter). ...
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What do I do once my weeds turn brown?

I put down some spray Ortho concentrate weed killer almost 2 weeks ago. Now many of my weedy areas are turning brown and look like they are drying up (grass still looks ok). What do I do now? Will ...
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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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Tiny, colorful wildflower/weed

Does anybody know what this tiny wildflower is? It was just 1/4 of an inch across when fully open (about noon). It was fully closed by about 6 o'clock. It has the smaller, oddly shaped leaves, with ...
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How can I tell if this is a weed?

Can anybody tell me if this is a weed or a nice plant?
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Any suggestions on how to control clover and grass in a flowerbed?

I have an out of control clover infestation in my flower bed, but every time I dig out a batch of clover, it just springs back up within a month. The native grasses also seems to love the flowerbed. ...
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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 this weed, found in UK, with serrated leaves and small green flowers?

It's growing everywhere in my garden and it pops up faster than I can pick it. I'm told it could be dog's mercury or gallant soldier. I'm not sure it looks the same as those. What species could it ...
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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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Can anyone identify this apparent succulent weed? It's popping up all over after our rains

This appears to be a weed, as hundreds have popped up all over a backyard at a client's home. Any idea of what it is? Found in San Diego, California, USA.
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What is the grassy-looking plant at the base of my blueberry bush?

I bought a starter blueberry bush a couple of months ago. It has been growing well but there seems to be something else growing at the base. I'm not sure if it's more blueberry stalk or weeds, and I'...
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What is this succulent weed?

This guy has been growing like gang busters in a newly planted bed of ground covering sedums. It's actually kind of a nice ground cover but based on its rate of spread and the fact that I didn't plant ...
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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 ...
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Identification - Plant growing next to my bonsai?

I bought a bonsai (exterior one) some weeks ago and a plant is growing just next to it. I have some questions about it. Is someone able to identify what kind of plants it is ? Is this plant can ...
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What is this bee(?)-attracting wildflower?

This wildflower (weed?) appeared recently in my yard. The petal color in the pictures is not faithful - in reality, the petals have slight component of "dirty-purple" color, that my camera seems not ...
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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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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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How can I really get rid of henbit?

Every year in early March it seems I have a ton of henbit, (lamium amplexicaule), in my yard (Southern US, zone 7, bermuda grass). Not just around the edges, it's all over the yard. By May/June it ...
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Identification of plant that caused injury (possibly phytophotodermatitis)

My son picked a leaf off this plant and rubbed it on his face to see how soft it was (bad idea, I know). Within 12 hours he had a lesion with weeping blisters which we suspect is photosensitive. A ...
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Is this part of my bougainvillea or a weed?

This plant has started growing in my bougainvillea and there's some debate going on in the house whether it is a weed, or part of the bougainvillea, perhaps the male part. I'm unable to find any ...
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Get rid of weeds from my raised garden bed - without pesticides

I bought a house that came with a rather large (8' x 50') raised (well, raised only 4") garden bed. It is infested with weeds. Last summer I planted some vegetables in it but spent most of the time ...
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Should I compost bindweed leaves?

I have cleared a lot of bindweed from various parts of my garden. I'd like to keep it better controlled from now on. I have read that it's a good idea not to compost the roots, because they'll ...
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How can I prevent nettles creeping through my fence?

My neighbor has a garden with plenty of nettles, and they're growing through my fence right where the kids' sandbox is. It must sadly be noted that the neighbor is only renting the place and doesn't ...
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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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What weed covering should I use under my mulch?

I am about to lay down new mulch in a flower bed for a customer, where weeds are highly prone to growing. I will also be weeding this flower bed throughout the year. My question is, what type of weed ...
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How to use the nutrients in convolvulus sepium without further spreading the infestation?

My back yard, about 1/8 acre or 500 m2, is covered in convolvulus (and wandering willy). It's even coming up in the middle of my raised beds that I protected with cardboard ( should have used weed mat ...
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How can I help my permaculture garden that's being overpowered by weeds?

My permaculture design garden is being taken over by horsetails and other common 'weeds'. I'm spending hours every day or two on weed control. I believe they are choking my fruit trees and bushes, ...
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What is this weed and how do I kill it without killing the grass?

What is this weed and how do I kill it without killing the grass? I've tried different brands of the usual spectrum herbicide that kills everything but doesn't kill grass, and everything - like ...
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Need help identifying this plant

I found this strange plant growing around my garden, like a weed, but never seen it before. Any idea?
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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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How can I eradicate skunk cabbage from my yard?

I have a backyard that was mostly a wooded area up until 2 years ago. It now completely consists of a lawn and a decent sized mulch area on a hill with some ground plants that are supposed to ...
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Can you identify what this green plant is that looks like mint?

I found this growing behind my house, but I'm not sure what it is. It looks a lot like mint; however, it isn't minty smelling but more sweet smelling. Is it dangerous?
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What is this plant with arrowhead shaped leaves with black splotches?

I have noticed this plant growing near my fruit bushes and it is spreading. Its leaves are shaped like arrowheads and have black splotches on them. Is it a weed or friendly plant?
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How to 'clean' topsoil of weeds & pests before giving it to a friend

We're removing a layer of topsoil from a section our yard to lay brick paving. A friend who donated the bricks has expressed an interest in taking this topsoil for their own garden in exchange (they'...
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Preparation for a new lawn to prevent weeds and encourage growth

Two Years Ago About two years ago, the lawn in our back garden was full of dandelions. We decided to replace it with brand new turf, the kind you roll out into place. I tried my best to remove the ...
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What is the name for a weed-eater head with metal or plastic blades?

I am looking for a weed-eater head that does not have any plastic thread spool or ongoing feeder. It should have metal or sturdy plastic blades that don't wear away quickly? I am (a) sick of having ...
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What is this plant with long thin leaves with serrated edges and spikes of pink flowers?

Can anyone identify this plant with long thin leaves with serrated edges and spikes of pink flowers at the tip of the stem? Is it a weed? Getting quite a few growing around my garden and not sure ...
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Can anyone identify this weed with jagged leaves and tiny white flowers?

Here is the image: It grows in the Northeast USA in poor soil. A bit invasive but pulls out easily. I have an idea of what it is but would like confirmation. Does not smell or taste herbaceous.
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Is there any merit to my wacky idea to grow a Purslane lawn?

I have this wacky idea to plant Purslane instead of grass in my desert yard (zone 7a, 9 inches of rain annually). I'm not keen on having high-maintenance turf; the only grass in the running against ...
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What are these weeds and how can I get rid of them?

I am in Scotland and my garden was landscaped just over a year ago. At that time the soil and plants in my flower beds were brought in for the first time, before that there was just grass everywhere. ...
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What kind of plant is this? It has maple-like leaves but is a fast-growing weed

I've scoured the internet but cannot seem to identify this plant. It is growing in the Southeastern United States and is around 3 to 4 ft high. It grows fairly quickly, so I assume it's some kind of ...
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What is this fast growing plant and should I rip it out?

So we planted a big new garden, and I think my wife sprinkled some assorted seeds (possibly wildflower?) and now we have three huge plants growing that don't seem to either produce flowers or fruit/...
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Is this plant with small white blossoms a weed or a flower?

There is a plant growing beneath our wine. What kind of plant is it? Flower or weed? Five little leafs are on the white blossoms. It is growing very fast. Leaves are large and heart shaped.
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How should I remove long grasses/roots to prepare a fresh bed?

I am currently attempting to remove a bunch of dead grass in a roughly 5'x5' plot. When the grass fully grows sometime in early-to-mid summer, they are like very small, long-grassed shrubs, sort of ...
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What type of weeds are these?

I've tried looking but I can't seem to find the name of these weeds (in Australia): The leaves don't grow any larger than in the photo. It is vine-type and can spread for metres. Vine-root stuff is ...