Garden Weeds

The term 'garden weeds' generally refers to whatever plants are not wanted in the garden. Specifically, it tends to include aggressive plants that invade and take over the garden, or plants whose benefits are unknown. Contributors typically raise questions about a particular weed's specific identity and characteristics, natural range, environmental impact, and effective control.

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Garden Weeds

How much water does your weed plant need?

Well, if it's a weed plant one would think you wouldn't want it to live. And seeing how you posted this in "Garden Pests" I would assume you don't want it. In that case, I would recommend not watering it all at, seeing how if you do, it would live longer.

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Garden Weeds

What is stinging weed called?

The scientific name is Urtica dioica and it is more commonly referred to as stinging nettle.

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Garden Weeds
Botany or Plant Biology

Why was Rhus toxicodendron given its name?

That the plant is a Sumac member of the Anacardioideaae subfamily and that it may provoke severe, even toxic allergic reactions in human are the reasons for the scientific name of Rhus toxicodendron for poison ivy. The word 'Rhus' is the ancient Greek word for 'sumac'. The word 'toxicodendron'is the ancient Greek word for 'poisonous tree'.

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Botany or Plant Biology

What is another name for asclepias tuberosa?

It is a plant, a species of milkweed.

Asclepias tuberose is probably the best name for it, but it has many common names, such as Butterfly Milkweed, Canada Root, Chigger Flower, Flux Root, Indian Paintbrush, Indian Posy, Orange Milkweed, Orange Swallow-wort, Pleurisy Root, Silky Swallow-wort, Tuber Root, Yellow Milkweed, White-root, Windroot.

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Garden Weeds

Is kudzu the same as arrowroot?

No, kudzu [Pueraria lobata] isn't the same as arrowroot [Maranta arundinacea]. Kudzu is in the same family [Fabaceae] as beans and peas. Arrowroot is in the family of the obedience plants [Marantaceae]. Kudzu's benefits are countered by its aggressive competition for space, and consequently devastating impact on the environment. Arrowroot has no such reputation.

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Garden Weeds
Blindness
Cattle Health

What weed causes cattle to go blind?

Euphorbia species are one type of weed that will do this. You may also be referring to jimson weed. This weed contains the active ingredient atropine, a muscarinic antagonist. In high doses, atropine will cause hot, dry skin, urine retention, dry mouth, increased heart rate, capillary dilation (and therefore flushing of the skin), and blurry vision in humans. If cattle did eat it, there is a good chance that they could lose their vision as well.

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Garden Weeds

How do you kill weeds in hedges?

Dig them out by hand, that is the only way if you don't want to damage the hedge.

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Garden Weeds
Pest Control
Dandelions

How do you get rid of dandelions?

Applying corn gluten or vinegar as home-made remedies, removing the yellow flowered heads to prevent germination, treating with broadleaf weed killers, and uprooting by hand or by trowel are ways to get rid of dandelions.

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Lawn Care
Garden Weeds
Water Pollution

How do you kill weeds without affecting well water?

Applying boiling hot water, bulldozing or roto-tilling followed by solarization with weighted-down black plastic sheeting and planting of dense ground covers, and removals by gloved hand or garden tools are ways to kill weeds without affecting well water.

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Lawn Care
Garden Weeds
Pest Control

How do you rid the lawn of moss?

A moss killer to eliminate subsequent dispersal and growing of spores and a rake are ways to rid the lawn of moss even though they may be temporary remedies that need to be repeated if the soil is compacted, poorly drained and shady and therefore moss-prone. Getting rid of the moss is only the beginning. The soil has to be changed with an aeration seeding and or a pH change with sulfur.

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Garden Weeds

Can you combine weed killer and lawn insect killer and apply both to your lawn?

You can, but you might want to check with a garden store before you do because you can cause problems by mixing certain chemicals. They might have something already made for that purpose. "Agent Orange" was basically just a mix of two kinds of weed and woody plant killers.

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Water Fountains and Ponds
Garden Weeds
Pest Control

Will a salt block kill weeds in a pond?

Yes and any fish that are in it also,

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Garden Weeds

What can you use to kill the violet weeds in your lawn without harming the grass?

2,4-D 1%

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Organic Gardening
Garden Weeds
Strawberries

How is wild strawberry as a ground cover?

Fragrant, effective and attractive is how wild strawberry ['Fragaria vesca'] is as a ground cover. The small, cone-shaped scarlet fruits are delicately fragrant. The plant's tiny brown seeds and runners ensure the spread of the plant across a space. Particularly attractive are the small, white flowers nestled within green leaves.

It's a kinder, gentler cover than grass in terms of shrub- and tree-studded spaces. There's no mowing. So there's no compaction of the soil and no potentially repeated damage to woody plant body parts.

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Garden Weeds

Can you get bird flu from pulling weeds under a bird feeder?

It is possible. Bird flu can be caught from the feces, saliva, and nasal secretions of a diseased bird. If a bird with bird flu has defecated on the sprouted weeds, then it can be transmitted to you. The odds are slim though. Just do not touch any bird droppings with your bare hands and wash hands afterward.

Birds get this virus through direct contact with other birds or through contact with dirt, cages, water that other birds have drunk from, the birdbath, or from feed or feeders where they can have left saliva or other secretions that contain the virus. Bird flu is still very rare among humans, so, as mentioned above the odds are low. Still, consider wearing garden gloves for working with or around areas where birds spend time, and washing the gloves and your hands well immediately afterward.

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Lawn Care
Waste and Recycling
Garden Weeds

Where should you dispose of weeds and grass clippings?

A compost bin, heap, pile or pit and an incinerator are respective places where grass clippings and weeds can be disposed. Grass clippings can be left in place as a natural fertilizer recycling nutrients back into lawns or removed to the cultivator's own compost container or corner or the neighborhood center (if there is a block-wide effort at recycling kitchen scraps and lawn litter). The individual who burns weeds must be in compliance with local fire regulations and in contact with dispatch and the person who composts needs to sort diseased, germinating debris and weeds into heavy plastic bags for the fire pile or the landfill.

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Lawn Care
Garden Weeds
Farm Crops

What are weedicides?

nny

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Plants and Flowers
Houseplants
Garden Weeds

Is there a plant called Joe something?

Joe Pye weed is the common name for a road side perennial, whose botonical name if Eupatorium.

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Garden Weeds

Can a rose bush become a weed?

AnswerNo roses will not turn into weeds. Roses should be pruned and if you go onto www.google.com and type in: pruning rose bushes you will get a great deal of information.

In my area we have roses that are not native that have become weeds. They were imported from China and are considered invasive plants.

ROSE is a common name, to talk about plants in this context actual genus and species names should be used because common names have little to no meaning in the scientific world and you are trying to disguss a scientific subject. Species of the genus Rosa are invasive weeds in certain parts of the world many of them in their wild form bear little or no resemblance to the cultivated forms. Rosa rubiginosa is so invasive it is considered naturalised in parts of Australia, want to know more ask Peteee - Why do people insist on growing weeds?

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Pool Care and Cleaning
Garden Weeds
Pest Control

What weed killer can be used without harming the outside of a pool?

Hot water is a weedkiller that can be used without harming the outside of a pool. Removal by gloved hand or by hoe or trowel function the best for weeds that are in physical contact with the pool sides. Clearing the ground of cover, placing black plastic sheeting over the bare soil, and weighting the solarization-serving sheeting down with garden or patio-style stones for walking on will keep weeds from establishing or returning.

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Lawn Care
Garden Weeds
Pest Control

How do you kill yard weeds?

The only way I know how to kill weeds will kill the grass too.use some round up.

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Organic Gardening
Garden Weeds

What will kill the invasive cat's claw vine?

AnswerThe only way I know is to actually take to root ball out that lingers below where the vine enters the soil.

I have success,by cutting the climbing vine,and immediatley applying a roundup type product.

This will knock it back for a season or so,but it always comes back.

Maybe the best way is to harvest it, grind it up as sell it as an Aphrodisiac

I believe its marketable as a product.

yep, do all that and scrape and paint as much of the bark area as you can and any little roots that break with roundup concentrate. use an applicator bottle when applying glyphosate so as to not waste it and not kill other stuff around it. before scraping and painting cut as much of it out as possible because any big bits are basically energy that it can use too reshoot.

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Garden Weeds
Fruits and Vegetables
Pest Control

How do you control weeds in an asparagus patch?

Removing by hand and using mulch are ways to control weeds in an asparagus patch.

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Plants and Flowers
Garden Weeds
Pest Control

How do you kill kudzu?

Trimming the vine down to ground level before applying herbicides to the cut in order to infiltrate the uptake part of the severed remainder is a way to kill kudzu.

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Garden Weeds

Are there any chemical methods for getting rid of weeds in organic growing?

There are no approved herbicides in organic growing. There are materials that are approved, but methods must also be approved as well. I will give you an example. It is possible to spray horticultural oil with sulfur (and add some soap to really make sure) and "fry" some weeds and everything else. All these items are approved in organic growing, but this use is not. The only methods that are approved are mechanical: Pulling or cultivation by hand or with the use of implements or smothering them with mulch. There are some folksy formulas out there that they say will work. They don't. Weeds recover much more quickly than what you want to grow. That is their nature. What works best is a hoe and some judiciously applied mulch.

There is a "pre-emergent" spray made from corn silk that inhibits weed seed germination. Apply it when you set seedlings out, then lay down a layer of mulch.

Intercropping, or interplanting is also a strategy organic gardeners use to inhibit weeds. Seedlings of short-season vegetables like spinach, lettuce, and Asian greens are planted on tight spacing to fill in the gaps between main-season crops like tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, and eggplants. They grow up and create a "living mulch" that overshadows weeds. Weed seeds that do germinate come up in the shade of these plants, so they're spindly and small. After a few weeks, the intercropped plants are harvested, and the main crop plants take over the bed.

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