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Virginia, you're creeping me out!

My yard is getting overrun by Virginia Creeper. Is there any practical way to get it under control. [more inside]
posted by SemiSalt on Jun 5, 2014 - 8 answers

How do I lawn? How do I garden?

My lawn is a terrible mess of weeds, luckily in a neighborhood where almost everyone has a terrible lawn so I'm not bringing down property values. How do I fix it, preferably without pesticides? What do I need to fix? What time of year should I do things? What kinds of plants can I plant in Minnesota? How does a total newb start this stuff, especially a total newb with a busy schedule and back pain? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on May 23, 2014 - 28 answers

Sumac spelled backwards is Camus, and it's the plague

I need a sure fire method for getting rid of an acre of sumac plants once and for all. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Mar 31, 2014 - 16 answers

How to kill weeds

I have a small patch of "yard" in front of my house. It's about 10msq total. I would like to get this to an absolute minimal maintenance little plot and had the idea of sowing a wildflower/grass mix and am happy to leave it fallow or whatever until next spring in order to plant the seeds. The problem is the weeds. I pulled everything up, but within about two weeks their malevolent little weedy shoots come back. I have been running over it with a hoe/tilling it (?) which gets rid of them temporarily. I'm not physically pulling out every tiny shoot. I'm concerned that when I go to plant the wildflower seeds next spring that they will be overpowered by these pesky gd weeds. If I keep hoeing/tilling it intermittently, is this going to work? What else should I do between now and then to get rid of them and get it ready? Is this a scenario where I should be putting down plastic sheeting? Obviously, I don't know anything about gardens. Here are pictures of before everything got pulled up. (I know some of this is not weeds). Thanks folks.
posted by bimbam on Jul 14, 2013 - 22 answers

Thorny, sharp-leaved plant with yellow flowers?

I (foolishly) let a plant with thorns and sharp leaves get rather large next to my house. Now I'm finding it tough to tear it all out because it's so well established. Can anybody help me identify the plant so I can try to figure out if I'm killing enough of it so that it won't come back? I live in Colorado. A picture of the plant is here and a close up of the yellow flowers/leaves is here. [more inside]
posted by warble on May 13, 2013 - 6 answers

My lawn! My perfect lawn! It's... under attack.

So, about a year and a half ago, we bought a house! Awesome. For the first time, I have a back yard and a front yard and a lawn and... stuff, and I don't know, maybe because I'm old and boring now, I've started to give a crap about making my lawn look nice. Something is really starting to piss me off... [more inside]
posted by kbanas on May 11, 2013 - 25 answers

Help me help my yard

I've recently moved from renting an apartment in a complex to renting a privately-owned duplex. It has a little (8 ft by about 15 ft) yard-ish thing right now that I would like to transform into a real yard. The owners won't pay for it, but would be fine with whatever I do to it. The problem is, right now the yard is completely overrun with weeds; everything else gets choked out by them. I don't know what kind of weeds, there's a variety of them. The other problem is that I live in Phoenix and the ground is very hard and dry so pulling the weeds by hand is going to be... difficult if not impossible. I've seen previous yard questions, but I am a special desert-dwelling snowflake and a little bit of a hippy, so I'm looking for more ideas than the "poison the whole thing" that I see in some of the other questions and also Phoenix-specific advice. [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel on May 5, 2013 - 20 answers

Can you identify this plant?

Can you identify this plant? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Dec 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Brightening up a dreary corporate parking lot - what is it?

Can anyone identify this plant? It's growing on the edge of a parking lot in Largo, MD.
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Mystery weed ID

I need help identifying this plant: photo 1 / photo 2. It's growing on the edge of a parking lot in Largo, MD, USA.
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 10, 2012 - 3 answers

What are these plants in in my yard?

What are these plants in in my yard? [Jun 4-1] [Jun 4-2] [Jun 4-3] [Jun 26] [Jul 7] [more inside]
posted by TeknoKid on Jul 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Is this a weed or what?

Weed or flower filter: I was on vacation for a week or so and now there is a bunch of stuff here that I can't identify. HELP! [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Jul 7, 2012 - 10 answers

No, not THAT kind of weed.

Random plant in the garden: Weed or ...? [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Jun 19, 2012 - 13 answers

Can you help me identify this plant/weed (found in New England)?

Can you help me identify this plant/weed (found in New England)? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Jun 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Plant or weed identification time.

What is this plant (or weed) growing in my back yard? It has multiple, thick stems with tiny thorns, green leaves that turn light green/reddish as the plant gets bigger, and a big root system with roots that are woody and slightly rubbery. It does not have any tendrils or flowers and left to grow, it begins to resemble a small tree. [more inside]
posted by lbo on Jun 14, 2012 - 10 answers

It's creeping... but I would rather it DIE.

How do I really kill Virginia Creeper, for good? [more inside]
posted by kellyblah on Jun 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Mysterious garden delight or horrible weeds you decide.

I could really use some help identifying some plants that have popped up in my garden. [more inside]
posted by wwax on May 3, 2012 - 14 answers

Help identifying weeds to photograph.

Am working on a project to photograph some weeds in my area as pictorial reference for allergy patients. I can find pictures of specimens, but I must use original work. When I go out weed hunting, I cannot tell the difference between mustard or golden rod or ragweed (for example). Any ideas for a field guide, including a budding botanist? This is for Southern California.
posted by Don92705 on Oct 17, 2011 - 5 answers

ugh, weeds

We have the holy trinity of major weed problems: Bermudagrass, Oxalis, Wild Blackberry. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on May 25, 2011 - 26 answers

To Eat It or Not To Eat It?

We've recently moved into a new place with an empty lot. The previous tenants used parts of the lot to garden, but it's now overgrown with a mix of food plants and weeds. Over the past month, we've had this plant popping up. It looks sort of spinachy, but we don't want to start mixing it into salads unless it's actually edible. Can anyone identify it? Closer look here.
posted by tau_ceti on Apr 29, 2011 - 15 answers

It ain't a yard, it's weeds.

What is the best thing to do about all the weeds in my yard? There's hardly any grass remaining. [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Apr 14, 2011 - 6 answers

What do I need to make this Toro weed trimmer work?

I was given an electric Toro weed trimmer. It powers up and the motor seems to function fine, but it's missing the part required to hold the wire. What do I need to attach to it? Some part, some cap, a thingy, a doohickey? Not even sure what to search for or ask for at the hardware store. Here are pictures of its business end. Can you tell me what I need to buy to make this work?
posted by Mo Nickels on Sep 4, 2010 - 7 answers

Weeds vs. brick patio vs. barely competent yard owner

Weeds vs. brick patio - help! [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 24, 2010 - 19 answers

Replacing the weeds in my lawn with grass this fall.

Replacing the weeds in my lawn with grass this fall. Best way to do it? [more inside]
posted by waylaid on Aug 23, 2010 - 12 answers

Plant identification: eat it, nurture it, or kill it with fire?

Please help me identify the plants - flowers, weeds, veggies, herbs - in the garden of the house we just bought. There are several plants that I don't recognize, so I'd really appreciate any clues you might have! [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Aug 7, 2010 - 18 answers

What are these plants in my yard, and what do I do about them?

What are these weeds/trees/green things that are all over my yard, and can I do anything about them? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Mar 22, 2010 - 19 answers

Secrets of the String Trimmer

My Ryobi string trimmer doesn't feed well. Should I just buy a new head for it or try one of those alternative string trimmer heads? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Aug 25, 2009 - 7 answers

Where do I get the ring that Nancy Botwin wears on the show Weeds?

Asking for my sister: "On the show Weeds, Nancy is always wearing an awesome gold and emerald snake ring on her middle finger. Does anyone know where to get one?"
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Aug 18, 2009 - 1 answer

How to kill grass on a playground?

How to kill grass on a playground? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Aug 12, 2009 - 23 answers

I think it's from space.

PlantIdFilter: I've searched all the weed databases for my area trying to id this thing here. No luck, so either it's not a noxious weed or I need more help. [more inside]
posted by fiercekitten on Jul 27, 2009 - 6 answers

I want to know more about bindweed/morning glory than how to kill it.

Resources for information about field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis, perennial morning glory) other than how to kill it? [more inside]
posted by epersonae on Jun 1, 2009 - 9 answers

Is there an alternative to harmful herbicides that will kill weeds but not harm backyard wildlife?

Is there an alternative to harmful herbicides that will kill weeds but not harm backyard wildlife? My yard is full of weeds. It looks awful. We're having an awful time getting rid of the weeds because there are just too many to manually pull each out. So my husband wants to use a "Weed and Feed" or some similar weed killer on our entire lawn to kill the weeds, then start seeding grass. [more inside]
posted by feeshbitZ on Mar 14, 2009 - 32 answers

Japanese knotweed nightmare

Japanese knotweed is extremely difficult to kill with herbicides such as round up and the like, does anyone have any other ideas or herbicides in mind? I have a commercial property that has a bad case of this stuff that I can't get control of. I have at least 1000 square feet of this invasive plant and it keeps spreading. I useually run over it with a skid steer loader and knock it down and crush it but it comes right back. Round up does not seem to do anything and I look ridiculous with a little spray bottle of Round Up up against a towering wall of this weed. Any help?
posted by CFMartin on Aug 30, 2008 - 15 answers

Under Milkweed?

Yet another plant ID question: What's this? [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Jul 19, 2008 - 12 answers

How to control weeds in my garden?

Seeking practical alternative to Roundup weed killer for Florida flower garden. [more inside]
posted by pinkbungalow on Jun 16, 2008 - 10 answers

Grass or weed?

Why can't I have a weed lawn? [more inside]
posted by walla on Jun 5, 2008 - 46 answers

How to defoliate a vacant lot?

Short of agent orange, what are my defoliating options? I have a large open lot (45 x 100) in a major city. I need to spray something, lay something, chant something or light something that will insure that I do not have a repeat of last years 7' high weed-forest. [more inside]
posted by aleahey on Apr 9, 2008 - 20 answers

How can I get my hands on higher-concentration vinegar?

How can I get my hands on higher-concentration vinegar / acetic acid? [more inside]
posted by madmethods on Feb 23, 2008 - 11 answers

Getting weeds out of paving?

What's the best way to get weeds out of brick paving? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn on Nov 2, 2007 - 20 answers

Not Little Boxes.

What was the final song on the most recent episode of Weeds? It played during the end credits. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Oct 30, 2007 - 8 answers

How do I reboot my garden?

My garden has been overtaken by weeds and ribbon grass, how can I start over? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Aug 20, 2007 - 10 answers

I'm Really In The Weeds Here

Help someone who knows basically nothing about gardening control a never ending growth of weeds [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Jun 2, 2007 - 22 answers

How do I get rid of a large area of weeds?

I have a flower bed in the backyard that has become a weed bed due to gross neglect and needs to be tamed . . . [more inside]
posted by vraxoin on Jul 28, 2006 - 11 answers

How do I get rid of weeds in a newly seeded lawn?

I recently seeded a new lawn, about 50x150 feet, in buffalo grass seed. the entire thing is now sprouting in bindweed. is there anything I can do to get rid of bindweed without killing the seedlings? I have been hand pulling them, but it takes approximately 20 hours each weekend. I'm open to any suggestions. thanks!
posted by pamohearn on Jul 27, 2005 - 4 answers

Backyard from Hell

Recently I moved into a rowhouse with a number of other people. The previous tenants left the backyard looking like a jungle, a poison-ivy filled jungle of death. Help. Oh God, please help. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Jun 21, 2005 - 24 answers

How do you get rid of lawn weeds?

Due to a surprisingly large amount of rain in the past few months, my lawn is absolutely bursting with weeds. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by oissubke on Apr 30, 2005 - 23 answers

Looking for a scorched earth approach to keeping the ground free from grass

What's the best way to render a (small) patch of ground (semi-) permanently vegetation-free? [mi] [more inside]
posted by cadastral on Sep 12, 2004 - 21 answers

Environmentally safe weed killer for use near municipal water source?

I need an environmentally safe weed killer. My house is overrun with weeds and I live 100 yards from a water source for 2 million people. I could RoundUp and not worry but my conscious is heavy, but the weeds are gaining ground daily.
posted by stbalbach on May 24, 2004 - 24 answers

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