Pest Plants

Pond Bank – Weed Control

Q: We recently had stones placed on the bank of our detention pond to prevent erosion. Many animals and birds live there. Weeds are growing between the stones. We need an environmentally safe herbicide to kill the unwanted plants. A:...

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Purslane – Control

Common purslane, Portulaca oleracea, is a weedy summer annual, invading vegetable gardens, bare areas, low-maintenance lawns, and ornamental plantings. It is particularly well adapted to the warm, moist conditions found in Georgia. Common purslane is edible, with a sweet, yet...

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Wild Strawberry (Indian Mock Strawberry) – Identification

Indian mock strawberry, Potentilla indica, is a non-native weed only slightly related to “real” strawberry. It’s flowers are yellow while those of edible strawberry are white or pink. The fruit of mock strawberry is not poisonous but the taste is...

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Wild Lettuce (Prickly Lettuce) – Control

It looks like dandelion leaves at first…..but it makes a tall stem. What could this be? It’s wild lettuce…..and it’s edible! You can dig the long taproot with a dandelion fork (click for sources)  or uproot it with a Water...

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Sowthistle – Control

The spiny leaves make this weed easy to spot. Fortunately, spiny sowthistle is easy to control. You can dig the long taproot with a dandelion fork (click for sources)  or uproot it with a Water Weeder. A spot spray of...

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Wildflower Bed – Weeds

Q: I planted wildflower seed a couple of years ago and they look great but the weeds almost overpower them. I mow the area in the fall but the weeds and thick grasses all come back. A: The name wildflower...

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Crabgrass – Mythic Formula

Q: I have been told that you have a formula of Miller beer, Tide detergent and something else to get rid of crabgrass. What was the last ingredient? A: This supposed lawn tonic recipe and its variants have been passed...

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Hand Pulling – Controlling Weeds

Q: When do I apply pre-emergent to my garden to control coffeeweed, bermuda, and Johnson grass? A: You are facing a big problem. Pre-emergent chemicals are ineffective on coffeeweed seed. Bermudagrass and Johnsongrass are perennial plants and pre-emergent won’t hurt...

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Fescue – Killing Weeds

Q: I’ve put down crabgrass killer on my fescue lawn and the weeds are browning nicely. Should I pull the weed remnants out before I reseed this fall? A: Pulling up the remnants of crabgrass is pleasurable due to the...

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Kudzu – Growing and Cooking

Q: I’m an alcoholic using kudzu powder to help prevent cravings. How hard would it be to grow kudzu myself in a vacant field? A: Kudzu isn’t particularly hard to transplant and cultivate but first be positive you have a...

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Crabgrass – Removal Methods

Q: I have been having an issue with crabgrass in my vegetable garden. Can you recommend any tricks that can help me win this fight? A: Since crabgrass is an annual, killing the top will kill the whole plant. Consider...

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Bermudagrass – Weed Prevention

Q: I have a puppy and would like to get a lawn maintenance schedule that won’t hurt him. What do you recommend for bermuda grass? A: The best weed control is making the bermuda so vigorous that it out-competes weeds,...

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Weeds – Periodic Clearing

Q: I have a bit of acreage and I don’t want to clear all of it, just some weeds and underbrush around my cabin. I want something to make the briars go away, but not destroy the earth. A: In...

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Chickweed – Covering Garden

Q: When I went out to my vegetable garden area to start planting peas, I found it completely covered with chickweed. What should I do? A: At this point in the spring garden, I think you should pull up as...

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Ivy – Rooting

Q: I have a small decorative area of English ivy. A couple of years back I expanded the area and purchased several ivy plants at a big box store. The label said “English ivy” but I noticed the leaves were...

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English Ivy – Adult Leaf Form

Q: I was told this is poison sumac. It is growing up two of my trees to the point they are almost covered. Looks to be some type of ivy. A: It’s not poison sumac…it’s mature (“adult”) English ivy. Gardeners...

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Bishops Weed – Identification

Q: This is a bunch of “leaves of three”, but it doesn’t look like the normal color of poison ivy. Do you know what it is? I have a very large batch of it by the concrete wall. A: The...

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Climbing Spikes (Spurs) – Damage to Tree

Q: I have some large pines in the yard that need some dead limbs taken out. Will the climbing spikes on a tree guy’s boots hurt the tree? A: The consensus among professional tree care companies is that spikes do...

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