Posts Tagged ‘weeds’

Crabgrass- Pictures

Q: Do you have pictures of crabgrass that show different stages of development? James Cook, email A: The University of Michigan weed science department has a good weed seedling resource at Common Weed Seedlings of Michigan . For pictures of...

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Sweetgum Trees- Control

Q: I have a small farm that is overrun with sweetgum trees. Several are already twelve inches in diameter and saplings are popping up everywhere. I read that you could use Arsenal to kill them, but it is a controlled...

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Ortho GroundClear ™ – Neutralizing

Q: My garden was being overtaken with weeds, so I used a vegetation killer on it that is supposed to last for one year. I want to plant this spring. Can I used some kind of neutralizer and soil conditioner...

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Gardening- Yard Maintenance

Q: I’m a new homeowner and don’t have any experience with gardening. I sodded bermudagrass but had some bare spots. In an attempt to fix the bare spots I accidentally seeded them with fescue. Now my yard looks pretty weird...

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Morning Glory- Control

Q: I’m swamped with morning glory. With the rain a week ago, these things are sprouting like crazy! I pull them before they flower and make seed, so where are they coming from? A: I spent my childhood hoeing morning...

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Gasoline- Weed Control

Q: My neighbor told me he uses gasoline to control weeds. He says it works better and is cheaper than Roundup. What are your thoughts? A: Gasoline also removes dirt better than soap, but I’ll bet your neighbor doesn’t bathe...

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Pine Straw- Pre-emergent

Q: Is it appropriate to apply a pre-emergent to pine straw beds to control winter and summer weeds? A: I suppose you could do it, but why? Pre-emergent chemicals must be dissolved into a layer of soil in order to...

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Maple- Roots

Q: I have a young maple and I’ve noticed some of the roots are showing aboveground. Should I cover them or just leave them alone? A: You’ll do the tree a favor by covering the roots with a layer of...

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Bulk corn gluten – Purchase

Q: Where can I buy bulk corn gluten meal? I want to do an organic care program on my 5000 square foot lawn. A: Hastings Garden Center in Brookhaven has small bags of the meal but you can also order...

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Pre-emerge – Bluegrass

Q: Can I still put out a pre-emerge to control annual bluegrass in a bermudagrass lawn? If so what type? A: I anticipate a big resurgence of lawn weeds this spring and summer due to the stress from the drought...

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Weed Killer – Vinegar Instead of Roundup

Q: You always recommend the popular brand name weed killers but these are expensive to use. Vinegar will kill weeds and is only $2.00 a gallon. Is there some reason it should not be used? A: I sometimes recommend brand...

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Bulk corn meal – Purchase

Q: Where can I buy bulk corn gluten meal? I want to do an organic care program on my 5000 square foot lawn. A: Hastings Garden Center in Brookhaven has small bags of the meal but you can also order...

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Weed killers – Vinegar

Q: You always recommend the popular brand name weed killers but these are expensive to use. Vinegar will kill weeds and is only $2.00 a gallon. Is there some reason it should not be used? A: I sometimes recommend brand...

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Zoysia – Planting

Q: I’ve got a back yard that is two-thirds zoysia and one-third weeds. I would like to plug pieces of the existing zoysia into the non-zoysia areas. When is the best time of year to do this? A: Mid-May through...

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2-4-D – Flowers

Q: I know that 2-4-D is a selective chemical that will kill broadleaf weeds and not harm your grass. Is it safe to spray on annuals and perennial flowers? My vinca major is overrun with vetch. A: The chemical we...

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Morningglories – Crepe myrtles

Q: Last spring I planted morning glory seed heavily at the foot of my trellis. This summer the vines on the trellis were more than two feet thick. There were lots of beautiful flowers and the anoles, skinks, and tree...

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Mondo grass – Weed control

Q: I have a dry stream bed with stone and dwarf mondo grass that has some weeds in it. How do I control them? A: Imazaquin (Image for Nutgrass) kills many broadleafed weeds plus fescue, ryegrass and crabgrass. Sethoxydim (Vantage)...

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Kill Weeds in Healthy Dirt

Q: I want to use rich soil from my Dad’s old cow lot in my small garden. I’m worried about weeds in it. Can I sterilize the dirt somehow? Howard Betts, email A: You can’t sterilize the dirt but there...

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