Unwanted plant you spend the most time on?

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  1. purpleinopp

    purpleinopp Young Pine Plants Contributor

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    Imagining the total time you spend per plant in a given year, which one(s) are taking up the bulk of the time you spend fighting the good fight?

    Berry vines, tree sprouts, and grass.

    These three are battled throughout the year as sprouts and existing plants, not just an annual event.
     
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    I actually don't have any unwanted plants that I spend time on. I either utilize them or get rid of them. I don't have the time or energy to spend on them, so I eliminate them from the garden or flowerbeds. Give them away,compost them or pot them up and take them to a farmers market.
     
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    Bermuda grass! I spend a lot of time yanking it out, sometimes by the root, and sometimes not (the root can go way, way down).
    I think the best way to establish a lush green lawn is to plant a vegetable garden.
     
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    Cleavers - they grow up through my shrubs and I hate the way they cling to me when I pull them up.
     



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    purpleinopp Young Pine Plants Contributor

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    Carolyn, that's what I'm spending time on, getting rid of these. There are no unwanted plants sprouting in your yard? As we speak, it's raining acorns. Oh joy.

    Marlin, that's the funniest thing I've read in a while! Thanks for the chuckle!

    Eileen, what are cleavers?
     
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    Purpleinopp, I wasn't joking :rolleyes: .
     
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    Purple, I truly don't have anything I can think of that I struggle to keep out other than weeds. Which is the bane of every gardener. There just isn't one I to choose from, but the worst is the mile a minute weed....it's painful to get an abrasion from. Poison ivy is not a pest or weed to me, I don't seem to be allergic to it. I even eat lambs quarter and purselane. weird, huh?. Plantain is an excellent compress for burns, bite and abrasions. I like having it in the yard. Some and maybe most weeds or plants can have more value than we realize.
     
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    purpleinopp Young Pine Plants Contributor

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    Eileen, hadn't heard the term cleavers before, but Galium aparine definitely comes up here, a whole sheet of it covering the lawn and most bed areas. But it's gone after about 2 weeks, and doesn't need pulling, raking it up gets rid of it before it makes seeds. Definitely prolific but doesn't take much time.

    Carolyn, that's what I'm talking about, weeds, sorry if I have failed in making this point. The ones I mention take almost all of my total time spent cutting/pulling unwanted plants (weeds.)
     
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    Ahhh, Sorry, I was "reading" into the thread that you were meaning "keepers" that have become somewhat invasive and annoying. I didn't think you meant weeds.

    Well, I have a few, but don't know what they are called. just weeds!

    The gallium is in my strawberries....hard to pick strawberries with the "vines" in the area where you are down in them. There isn't sheets of it, just enough to not see it and drag your hand or arm across it, thinking it may be bindweed, if you aren't really observant. I have never seen it in our area before last year.
     
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    If you have unwanted weeds on paths or driveways etc, there are some organic methods that will allow you to get rid of them. One is boiling water. When you pour hot boiling water directly on to the weeds, it causes them to shrivel up.I have also seen a few people mention vinegar as a way of getting rid of weeds. However, if you do choose to use vinegar, be careful.
     
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    Ground Ivy and Bindweed! :smt013
     
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    Kiasmum, there are a few...
    http://www.eattheweeds.com/galium-apari ... e-loose-2/

    Have you tried raking it off of other plants and the ground? Within an hour, that's how we get rid of it every spring. Since we haven't let it drop seeds the past 2 years, it was greatly diminished this year.

    Still pulling up to 100 sprouting acorns every day...!
     
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    NUTGRASS!!! ARRGHHH!!!
     

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