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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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Grassy weed with seeds on spidery stalks

I have a weed growing in my yard that is distinguished by its spindly seed stalks with individual seeds at the ends of branching fingerlets. It grows in distinct clumps. In the picture below, note the ...
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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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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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Getting rid of spikey ball weeds

There is a weed in my backyard that generates little brown balls with spikes on them. The balls are probably less than 1cm in diameter. See picture. Here are my questions: 1) What is the name of it?...
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Is this an undesirable grass or a weed?

I have some patchy weird grass or weeds growing on my lawn. You can see in a few places in the images below: Picture 1: you can see the longer wider grass blades scattered here. What is this? A ...
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What is this variegated low-growing plant with purple flowers, and how do I get rid of it?

I'm not even sure this is considered a weed, but it seems to be taking over a flower bed, so, I'll treat it as one. On my neighbors' front garden, it completely took over. The ground is somewhat ...
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What is this grassy weed?

I live in the Nashville, TN area, and I've noticed a particular type of grassy weed starting to pop up in my lawn, now that it's March. I'd like to identify it so that I can learn how to prevent it ...
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How should I remove the wild greenery in my pots before transplanting flowers or herbs?

I have five big concrete pots with soil in them. Some have wild greenery of some kind and the others have moss. Should I just till the soil and turn the surface over, or should I do something to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What is this low-growing plant with small yellow fruit found in Roanoke, Virginia? Is it edible?

What is this plant? The little marble sized yellow fruit (tomatoes?) grows on a vine and close to the ground. Is it edible? I found it near an abandoned nursery in Roanoke, Virginia, where other ...
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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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How can I stop Wild Grape and Mile-a-minute vines from taking over my property?

I have river front property in Upstate New York, and I have finally given up the fight with fending off Wild Grape! I read that some insect can be released that will only eat and kill the Wild Grape ...
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What's the name of this plant/weed? See picture below

I'm thinking this is a weed. It's growing in one part of my backyard. Its really hard to uproot the plant. The root is thick and even the small plants grow off of the left over root in the ground. If ...
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Tilling a yard to reestablish pleasant plant growth

all. Over the years the backyard has got pretty overgrown with unpleasant plants and such. Weeds, crabgrass, nasty vines, etc. We want to rent a tiller and tear up the first 6-8 inches of growth to ...
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What's this spindly weed with sharp seeds?

The plant below has thin black seeds, almost needle-sharp, that are also slightly burred so their sides cling to fabric. Seeds maybe a half-inch long. It grows in medium shade (not deep shade) at ...
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Returning a garden paved for 30 years with packed clay below, back to lawn

My new rear garden has had concrete slab paving for decades, resting on heavily packed and deep London Clay soil and a small amount of odd rubble. The paved area measures about 6x7m. The soil under ...
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diagnosis with salt

i had a lovely garden but im not able now to look after it so i decided to decant the eartgh out all beds and cover with black membrane and then chip over it also have monoblocked and paved all other ...
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What's the best tool to remove weeds?

I have different types of weeds in my garden, some 50cm (~1½ ft) tall or more. What's the best (and cheapest) tool to remove those?
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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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Ground cover plant with small purple 5-pointed flowers?

What is this plant that grows like a weed in my yard (I live in Massachusetts). It has very small 5-pointed flowers which are blooming right now (2nd week in June). The flowers are purple. The plant ...
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Is this a weed or what kind of plant is this [see picture below]? [duplicate]

This plant is growing in one section of my backyard. But don't know if its some sort of herb or weed. Any details on this plant will be helpful.
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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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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 prickly weed found in Pennsylvania?

What is the name of this plant?
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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 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 soon can I apply pre-emergent herbicide after a dormant overseeding?

I live in Ohio and I dormant overseeded in early January. So far, it has worked wonderfully. A lot of the new seed is coming up but some weeds have started to germinate as well. I normally put down ...

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