Pest Plants

Crabgrass – Targeted Control

Q: I have a vegetable garden with a terrible crabgrass problem. Is there anything I can use to control the crabgrass and not hurt my seeds? A: You could use a weed preventer containing trifluralin (Monterey Vegetable Weeder). If you...

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Weeds – Organic Prevention Products

Q: Are there organic weed preventers you would suggest rather than dumping chemicals on ground? A: I’d love to find a non-chemical weed preventer but there simply doesn’t seem to be an effective one for our part of the world....

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Clover – Chemical Eradication

Q: Is it possible to chemically eradicate clover in a bed of dwarf iris? A: My friend Theresa Schrum points out that irises are monocots (single-leafed plants) and therefore should be immune to 2,4-D, the primary ingredient in broadleaf (dicot)...

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Weeds – Types Of Eradication

Q: This summer a neighbor and I planted tomatoes and peppers in a very sunny spot. The plants did well, but due to our inattention the plot became overwhelmed with weeds. Is there any way to eliminate weed seeds before...

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Kudzu – Not A Great Idea

Q: You might think I am crazy but I am planning on planting kudzu from seed for erosion control. I have a vacation home in Mexico with a very steep hillside that causes many erosion problems. A: Having seen the...

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Fungus – Appearing In The Driveway

Q: My neighbor has earthstar fungus pushing up her driveway asphalt. Is there any to get rid of it? A: Like other mushrooms, earthstar fungi are saprophytic. This means they decompose organic matter in the soil using long thread-like strands....

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New Sod – Numerous Weeds

Q: In May we installed 9,000 square feet of “blue tag certified” Meyer zoysia sod. My understanding was this would guarantee it to be weed-free. It now has a lot of broad leaf weeds. Did we get ripped off? A:...

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Stinkhorns – Getting Rid Of Them

Q: While staining my second story deck I noticed a foul odor and a more than average amount of flies in the area. I noticed these disgusting stinkhorns growing in the mulch beneath. What can I do to eliminate them?...

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Poison Ivy – Natural Enemies?

Q: Poison ivy sure has a lot of friends that help it hide in my back yard. Does it have any enemies? A: I’ve never seen a poison ivy leaf that seemed to have been eaten by beetles or caterpillars....

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Weeds – Grassy Weed Control

Q: Two years ago, I replaced my fescue lawn with dwarf mondo grass. I planted sprigs about four inches apart. So far, so good, except for one problem: in the bare spaces between the sprigs, there are lots of weeds...

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Weeds – Organic Control Options

Q: I have a significant weed issue in my back yard. My wife is against Roundup. A friend of mine says lime would keep the weeds under control. Is this true? A: Lime will have no effect on the weeds....

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Bradford Pear – Wildly Sprouting Thorny Bushes

Curtis Young , editor, and other contributors to the Buckeye Yard and Garden Line have shed light on why there are so many thorny sprouts of wild pear showing up unwanted every year. “One of the certainties of education is...

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Weed Preventer (Pre-emergent) – Organic

Q: Are there organic weed preventers you would suggest rather than dumping chemicals on ground? A: I’d love to find a non-chemical weed preventer but there simply doesn’t seem to be an effective one for our part of the world.....

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Clover – Control in Iris Bed

Q: Is it possible to chemically eradicate clover in a bed of dwarf iris? A: My friend Theresa Schrum points out that irises are monocots (single-leafed plants) and therefore should be immune to 2,4-D, the primary ingredient in broadleaf (dicot)...

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Alstromeria – Weed-like in Garden

Q: Please warn people about planting alstroemeria. It’s gone under a cemented stone wall, under paving stones, has engulfed ferns and is about to do in a hydrangea. For me, alstroemeria is a nightmare. A: I’ve enjoyed this long-lasting component...

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Orange Oil – For Poison Ivy

Q: Could you please tell me where I can purchase horticultural grade orange oil? The AJC ran an article written by horticulturist Trisha Shirey of Dallas Tx. She says to mix orange oil with pickling vinegar and dish soap for...

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Wild Onion vs Wild Garlic – Control Tips

Q: How do I tell the difference between wild onion and wild garlic? A: Like edible onions and garlic, wild onion, Allium canadense, and wild garlic, Allium vineale, are members of the onion family. While both have thin, green, waxy...

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Kudzu Bug – Control Organically

Q: I just discovered a really bad infestation of kudzu bugs on the beans in our garden. I looked into using spinosad and unfortunately we cannot use it because of our honeybees. From what I have read, it is highly...

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