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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 ...
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What is this purple-flowered weed?

It looks it is a weed, but not so bad. I saw it in an urban area in Europe, Hardiness Zone 8a. Is it poisonous, or nasty in any other way?
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What is this grassy weed called?

I have a weed growing in parts of my yard that grows really fast and tends to take over unmown patches if I'm not attentive. My house in central North Carolina came with a wildflower garden that this ...
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What is this New Zealand weed? Plants grow to about 50cm-1m tall and have long leaves

Can anyone identify this weed - I'd imagine its quite common in New Zealand. (I'm in Auckland, and its flooding my untended padocks, but also flowing over into used areas). It proved remarkably ...
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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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What is this rambling/climbing plant with small leaves?

It's grown up my unused bench and I think it actually looks pretty. Is it dangerous, noxious, or uncontrollable? It's been there for almost a year and hasn't flowered. It grows up trees (I try to cut ...
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Please identify and give suggestions on how to get rid of it

I live in West Texas. The white fluffy plant is taking over mostly in Bermuda areas. But it is starting to move into st. Augustine areas. We have BIG, decorative plants that have the same type of ...
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Green-brown mass under roses

Please help me with identification of this green-brown mass in my garden. It looks rather like slimy, part-rotted fruit, but I have noticed it under roses in both spring and autumn. Is it a weed or ...
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What is this plant with large bright green hairy seed pods and small flowers?

This popped up in the garden. I'm not sure what it is or whether or not I want to keep it. Can anyone tell me what it is?
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What are these weed seedlings with round cotyledons?

I know it's hard to identify plants just from the seedlings but I get these weeds every year throughout my garden in Northern New Jersey and I pull them before they grow. They start to germinate ...
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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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White fuzzy weed ID

What is this white fuzzy weed? They are covering my land, and surrounding, in middle New Mexico. It's an arid, desert climate, with lots of rain recently. The plant varies from 2 to 4 inches across. ...
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What is this weed, and how to remove it?

Does anyone know what this is? and how I can remove it from my yard without hurting my yard? This is in Houston Texas, it is found just through-out my yard. It is full sunlight pretty much all day, ...
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Paver bricks — handling weeds without bad chemicals

I have paver bricks with this cracks between each brick and weeds. Handling the weeds is a challenge for my wife and I. Any suggestions? Our strategy now is: hand pick the weeds use a power washer ...
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What plant is this? A weed?

I just moved into a new house and have a couple of these in the back yard. Not sure if it is a weed or an ornamental. Anyone recognize it? Bay Area, CA (usda zone 9a/b)
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What is this leafy weed, and how do I get rid of it without harming my vegetable garden?

I 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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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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Should I remove dead grass/weeds from my raised beds before planting?

We bought a house that already has raised beds. One is FULL of grass and weeds, too much and deep to pull by hand. I understand I should/can put newspaper or cardboard down and then mulch, but do I ...
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Can you help me identify this plant?

Can you help me identify the big plant in the center right of the photograph? I planted a lot of different seeds but I don't think this is one of them, I think it's a weed. Click photograph for full ...
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Help needed to keep away weeds coming from a creek

The Problem: There is a small creek in my backyard and it's a nightmare to maintain. A lot of weeds grow there and spill over to my land, some of them growing up to three or four feet tall and are ...
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What is this strongly scenting ground covering weed?

Here is a weed I gathered the seeds from last year. It had bloomed on a Mediterranean island, Corsica, up in the mountains (around 2000 meters above see level, I believe snow covered 2-3 months pour ...
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What should I do about a dead lawn and weeds in California?

Our lawn had gone from beautiful to being overrun with weeds. Since the drought in California has continued for so long we just basically gave up and now all grass and weeds are dead. Yup, we have a ...
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Effective weed elimination along paved driveway

As a matter of principal we don't spray Glyphosate (Roundup) or other herbicides on our property. I'm well aware of its effectiveness as a non-selective herbicide but choose not to use it for a number ...
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Hot composting dock roots

I've spent several weeks hand-digging out dock and other obnoxious weeds from our pastures. There's a couple cubic yards of it now in the back of the pickup. I was considering hot-composting this in ...
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What is this choko-like vine, and how can I get rid of it and ensure it doesn't return?

What is this choko-like vine, growing near Toowoomba, Australia? What is the best method to permanently get rid of the plant? The first picture shows the 'fruit' hanging on the vine, which is growing ...
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Most durable approach to preventing weeds in garden paths?

I can get some satisfaction out of a freshly weeded bed of veggies, but weeding paths is just a chore. So I'm looking around for a good solution. I don't mind investing some time and effort, as long ...
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What is this lawn weed with whorled leaves found in New Brunswick, Canada?

I had new sod laid in July '15. I noticed a few of these weeds in Summer of '16. Now, in Spring of '17, there are clumps of them all over my lawn. There are none in my neighbor's or at the side of ...
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Is this a weed, coming up right next to my vine, and if so what is it?

I found this shoot growing in northern NJ USA. It seemed to pop up and grow fast, as I don't remember seeing it a couple of days ago. It's already about a foot tall. It's growing in a partially ...
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What is this weed and should I get rid of it?

I just planted a set of very low water use grasses in my high desert zone 7B New Mexico yard. Some little spouts came up that I at first thought were one of the grasses, but it turns out they're weeds....
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What is this large leaved young tree (US midwest region)?

What is this plant, and maybe more importantly, how big could it get? I like the large leaves (they're approx 18" wide) but will have to cut it down if it plans to get too large.
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Is this a weed or an ornamental plant?

We think it showed up one year later than it was supposed to My wife planted some bulbs and not all of them turned into a plant the year before. We do not know if it is a weed or one of her bulbs
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What is this plant found in Arizona that grew to 4 feet tall in a few months?

This plant started growing this spring in my back yard in Arizona. It is now a few months later and the plant is about 4 feet tall. Can someone tell me what this is?
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Can bent grass be controlled without toxic chemicals?

Due to the large number of golf courses in our area, we have a problem with bent grass invading fescue and bluegrass lawns throughout the county. Next to crab grass, it is one of the things that ...
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what is this coarse spreading weed from my lawn

Located in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Canada's most northern major city. The summer here started out very hot and dry with many days above 30C and stretches of no rain for weeks. The grass did not take ...
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Is this a weed or vegetable

I have this plant growing in my raised bed that I did not plant. Is this a weed or a useful vegetable plant? Need help identifying the plant.
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What is this lawn weed with cut-edged leaves and five petaled pink-purple flowers, found in Belgium?

I have recently had to move, and we have a lawn that has not been taken care of for some time. Due to this it's about 30% grass, with the rest being assorted weeds/wildflowers. I've managed to ...
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How do I get rid of nettles in an organic way?

I have bunches of nettles in my yard. I would like to get rid of them without without regrowth. Any suggestions which do no require chemicals or tilling the soil ?
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Weed identification: will this spiky vine with bulbs kill a future flower garden?

I bought a house a few months ago (zone 9a). It has a large (12'x25') flower bed that was badly overgrown. My house is 'U' shaped and this is inside the 'U', so it gets full sun for about 40% of the ...
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What is this (probably) weed with nice fern-like foliage?

What is this (probably) weed with nice fern-like foliage? A detail from the top right of the second photo, where the stem of a plant in the background that appears to be the same species is visible: ...
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What is this low-growing lawn weed with small white flowers in Massachusetts?

Can anyone help me identify this? It's popped up in my lawn in early spring. I live in Massachusetts and this thing is everywhere. It covers the ground so well, I'm afraid it'll keep grass from coming ...
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Is this a weed growing in my old tomato plant pot?

Last year I had a tomato plant in this pot, which I cut back at end of the season when it died. In the pot now this is growing. Is this a weed?
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What is this interesting weed growing in a yard in Northeast Ohio?

I wanted to see what it grew into. It's really a pretty interesting plant, about 6 feet tall with a plume of flowers at the top. These pics are from several years ago and I've discovered this thing is ...
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What is this weed with tiny yellow flowers found in eastern Australia?

It grows very fast in summer. Hundreds of little round seeds seem to grow on stems where the leaves join to the main stem. Wind or manual removal causes them to fall off everywhere. Older stems seem ...
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What do I need to kill Canada Thistle weed?

I believe that this is what the weed is called, here is a picture It is very invasive and I don't know how to kill it. I tried Weed b-gone but it only kills the leaves and does nothing else. It's ...
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What is the safest weed killer to use around a toddler?

I have a grass lawn, a vegetable garden, and a strawberry patch. The garden is in a raised bed, but no fabric under the soil or mulch on top. The strawberries were in a nice bed to themselves, but ...
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What are these 3' to 5' tall plants from my new back yard, and how should I remove them?

I just moved into a new apartment (in Brooklyn, NY) with my own backyard. My girlfriend and I are very excited. However, my backyard is overgrown with that vine-looking-green-stuff. My current plan ...
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Weed Identification

I found this weed in my veggie patch and I was wondering if anyone could identify it and maybe provide some information about it. Key Information Canberra, Australia. Only seen in the last day. ...
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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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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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Vegetable Garden Spring Weed Control Strategies

I love my vegetable garden, but every spring it looks like the Amazon, and the task of clearing the overgrown weeds is not enjoyable. One fall, I took cardboard and laid it down over my beds and ...