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Bird-friendly weedkiller for patio?

Your best bet is probably to pour boiling water on the weeds. The heat will kill the plants, and the water will of course be harmless to the birds as soon as it cools. Just be careful not to burn ...
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To be effective, how long does Glyphosate weed killer need to be applied before it rains?

From pioneer.com: "Foliar absorption of herbicides occurs in a liquid phase only; once a water droplet has dried on the leaf surface and herbicides have crystallized little to no additional ...
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What kind of grass is this, and how can I keep it out of my garden

With those long underground rhizomes (the thick white runners you see) and upright growth this appears to be quackgrass (Elymus repens). Unfortunately, controlling it isn't much easier with that bit ...
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Do I have poison ivy, poison oak, or some other noxious weed?

I'm in the UK, and we don't have poison ivy, oak nor sumach, so I've never actually seen them. However, the small leaved plant covering the ground in between the Hosta leaves and the one with palmate ...
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Variegated Arboricola shrubs leaves wilting

The active ingredient of the herbicide used is Dicamba Mecoprop. It also affects broad leaf shrubs and trees. From this pdf by the International Society of Arborists Once the material is absorbed ...
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Community treatment of wild parsnip - your recommendations

Since wild parsnip is a biennial, when I owned a couple of acres I would just wait for it to set seed, then snip the seedheads off into a five-gallon pail and burn them. I did the same for Queen Anne'...
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Can weeds be put into compost, or will they grow again when the compost is used?

Since some perennial weeds can regenerate from even tiny root fragments, they are not considered safe for composting unless you use the Berkeley method of hot composting, and measure the temperature ...
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What is solarization?

Soil solarisation is the process of using a green house effect with plastic to kill some pathogens and weeds in the first 6 inches layer of soil. It also helps break down organic materials on the ...
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How long do I need to stay off the lawn after applying weed killer?

Read the label of the product you are using. The label will state a re-entry interval. Without the label we don't know what is in the specific spray you are using, so we can't give a proper answer.
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Can I add paint to roundup, to see where I've been?

Don't use paint! Any paint has binders and adhesives, so it will tend to clog your sprayer, and (as you note) you can't be sure what the interaction of the various ingredients will be with the active ...
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What is this weed and how do I kill it without killing the grass?

It does look like wild violets, and they are difficult to eradicate, but triclopyr, or any other lawn weedkiller that purports to kill these, is much more effective used in autumn, see here https://...
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What are these weeds and how can I get rid of them?

You have hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) in your garden. This plant very often comes as "hitchhiker" with newly bought plants. It is a very prolific seeder and can bring even two generations ...
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Advise from experienced farmers

I can tell you the situation in the Netherlands (Europe), which I expect to be very different from India. In the Netherlands about 20 % of all (working) millionaires are farmers. Most of these ...
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Advise from experienced farmers

Yes, but you must be smarter than a doctor or engineer: some of the richest are php engineers. It is mainly economy: if there are many people that could do something, they will fight to produce it ...
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How do I eliminate weeds in established play area?

15x30 feet with the sort of weed density you are showing? - Take an hour and pull them out by hand, or with a hoe. If you notice a lot of root penetration below or between the under-fabric you might ...
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Can weeds be put into compost, or will they grow again when the compost is used?

My suggestion would be to check it the weed is flowering. If it has any flowers remove them before throwing it in your compost bin. If done right, your compost bin will reach high enough ...
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To be effective, how long does Glyphosate weed killer need to be applied before it rains?

Glyphosate is a systemic herbicide. It really only needs a few hours to get into the plant before a rain. It is not a quick killer in basic formulation, but absent resistance, it kills the whole plant....
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What are the benefits of solarization?

Solarization is a combination killer by smothering and intense heat. This may work to kill your crabgrass, but some of it may still survive even this harsh treatment. Crab grass may even grow through ...
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Looking for plants to out-compete poison parsnip

Rhubarb should work well, if you get a large kind. It has huge leaves that cover the ground around it. I personally consider it ornamental, including when it goes to seed. It should smother out ...
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How can I get rid of weeds in an overrun garden?

Well you could use chemicals such as glyphosate, but given you want to grow edibles there, the healthiest and safest option is actually to dig them out, whilst at the same time digging the area over ...
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What is this weed with ribbed stems and whorls of 1" to 2" long thin leaves?

This is Galium aparine, which has many common names including goose grass, cleavers and robin-run-the-hedge. It's an annual weed, native to Europe and Asia that is now naturalized throughout the world....
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What lawn care steps should I take?

I am on the west coast but can tell you what I do. I remove weeds manually (it is more work but I avoid chemicals in the process) by pulling them out. Also, at the beginning of spring, I fertilize ...
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Is there an organic way to remove wild strawberries from a lawn?

Depending on how big your area is, vinegar (acetic acid) could be a option. You can test household vinegar in a small area to see how well it works; however, since wild strawberry is a perennial, you ...
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Is it best to wait for poison ivy to fully sprout leaves before spraying it?

Tear off what's there in order to trace it back to its origination, pulling the vines up & out off of the surface & out of the grass. Removing what you can now is safest. Without leaves & ...
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How long do I need to stay off the lawn after applying weed killer?

The MSDS lists three active ingredients, and another product, Bonide BK-32 has the same formulation (active ingredients and proportions). Bonide BK-32's instruction booklet includes the following ...
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What kind of grass is this, and how can I keep it out of my garden

In the UK it's called "couch grass", or (possibly a dialect word) "twitch." The bad news is, there is no "cure" except total extermination. Digging up the turf to a depth of 5 or 6 inches and ...
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Getting rid of deadly nightshade

Where I live in USDA zone 4 deadly nightshade is weakly climbing vine up to six feet or 2 M. There are patches around the neighbourhood. It can be eradicated over a few years by hand pulling. If ...
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For a patchy lawn, is it better to apply pre-emergent or a lawn patch kit in the spring?

I am very familiar with cool season grass mix lawns, not so much with warm season grasses. I've never heard lawns having both types. One is a cool season grass (Fescue) which can go dormant in the ...
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What is this choko-like vine, and how can I get rid of it and ensure it doesn't return?

This is Araujia sericifera. Its common names include Moth Plant, White Bladderflower, Common Moth Vine, Cruel Vine and False Choko. Here is some basic information about eradication of it: Weedbusters....
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