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Weeding...What are these things anyways?


I finally felt good enough and the weather agreed to go work outside this weekend. We were finally able to get the 2 large potted plants into the ground. I spent some time trying to free the lawn from weeds. I filled up a bucket full of them, but still have a long way to go.

I have a couple types of very persistent and very annoying weeds in my yard. The first is some type of vine that grows from underground roots or bulbs. This was a pic of some we pulled up along with the largest root:

This is a closer pic of the leaves. Anyone recognize this plant? These plants have taken over my yard and are everywhere.

This is a second type of plant. We have a tree close by that has similar leaves, so maybe it is a type of tree? These were popping up all over my yard a few months ago and they grow very tall, very fast. When I started aggressively trying to get rid of these, I found that they were growing from a series of underground roots. I would pull up a small plant, but the root would be several feet long, and may have several plants on the same root. They are fuzzy on the stem and on the leaves. They are not pleasant to touch, I have to wear gloves when pulling them.

These weeds are driving me crazy! I’m tempted to get rid of much of the grass as possible as it is so hard to maintain. I have heard that clover is a good, native ground cover to have in our area. Has anyone tried to do a native ground cover in their area instead of lawn-grass?

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No idea about the first one - it looks very difficult to get rid of.
The second one I immediately thought was a baby growing from seeds dropped from a tree - but then I got puzzled when you say it's growing from a series of roots.

Could they be suckers from the tree? If they are, then you have to trace them back to the source at the roots of the tree and pull them off - don't cut them, or they will grow again with increased vigour. Do you have any idea what the tree is?

What a job for you!

10 Nov, 2008


Persistant weeds are a nuisance aren't they. I hope you succeed in getting rid of them.

11 Nov, 2008

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