Help! Vine-like Weed taking over my flower beds

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Date Photo Taken: 04/09/2013
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Posted By: ljmwilliamson

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Hi, if you can please let me know how to get rid of this weed, It has taken over my flower beds, it is a little sticky when you touch it. It seems to grow vine by vine, i don’t want it to spread to my backyard, it is all over my large perennial flower bed and has wrapped around several of my large gardeania’s. Can i spray with round up? Thank you!!!

COMMENTS

  1. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Looks like and sounds like the nature of Vetch. Nasty pest in the shrub and perennial beds. Cows like it and would probably enjoy ruminating among your perennials. Check out this previous Q&A to Walter http://www.walterreeves.com/gardening-q-and-a/purple-vetch-identification/
    Common vetch has a less showy bloom and seems to be the greater pest in W.Georgia. It can be managed with fall preEmergent applications.

    April 9th, 2013 at 9:09 pm
  2. RJVnATL Registered says:

    Looks like
    Narrowleaf Vetch
    Scientific Name – Vicia sativa L.
    Family – Leguminosae
    Annual or short-lived perennial with reclining or climbing stems. Leaves alternate, compound with three to nine pairs of leaflets. Leaflets at the tip modified into a simple or branched tendril which enables plant to climb. Leaflets very narrowly elliptic to oval, usually longer than broad. Flowers blue, pale lavender or purple. Flowers in leaf axils, stalkless to long-stalked, one to two. Fruit a stalkless or short-stalked, flat pod with six to twelve seeds. Reproduces by seed. Found in turf, pastures, moist to wet woods, waste areas and fields. Occurs throughout the United States. Found worldwide in the temperate regions. Native from Europe into Russia.
    from source
    http://commodities.caes.uga.edu/turfgrass/georgiaturf/WeedMngt/grsweedpages/Vicsa.html

    April 9th, 2013 at 11:30 pm
  3. Bernadette Unregistered says:

    Gosh, I have this in my garden, too. It has completely engulfed my gardenias, also, almost to the point of killing it. I pulled them out by hand. I hope I was in time to save my small gardenia plants. They are sticky, as you said. Thanks for identifying them.

    April 14th, 2013 at 7:18 am
  4. clay Registered says:

    If this stuff gets too thick can load up the lawn mower(hard to cut,48″ deck just about bogs the motor down).

    May 3rd, 2013 at 11:41 am

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