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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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.
posted by CFMartin
on Aug 30, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
Help someone who knows basically nothing about gardening control a never ending growth of weeds [more inside]
posted by gfrobe
on Jun 2, 2007 -
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 -
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.
posted by pamohearn
on Jul 27, 2005 -
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 -
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 -
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 -