Pest Plants

Smilax ID and Control

It has wicked thorns, it laughs at herbicides and it always seems to come back, no matter how much you pull it out of your shrubs each spring. Nobody smiles when smilax vine appears The pest is smilax (deer thorn,...

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Lichens

Every kid (and most adults) can remember being falsely blamed simply because they were standing nearby when an accident happened. Although accidents do seem to happen more often when kids are present, it’s erroneous to assume that they are the...

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Lichen Quiz

PETER RABBIT? Here is a quick trivia question: What do Peter Rabbit, canaries and moose have to do with lichens? It turns out that Beatrix Potter, the author of the Peter Rabbit tales, was also a respected biologist. She was...

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English Ivy – Dermatitis

My son recently spent a day helping a neighbor clear English ivy from their landscape. He woke on the following day with itchy, spreading blisters on his arm. He says he saw no poison ivy in the English ivy patch…so...

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Pokeweed (Poke Sallet) – Don’t Eat It

DON’T EAT POKE SALAD Auburn, June 18, 2002—Pokeweed is probably the best known and most widely used wild vegetable in America and Europe. However, a food scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says no part of this plant should...

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Invasive Pampas Grass

I live in Hall county and drive to work in Forsyth county. I listen to you every Saturday morning on my drive to work. In early September 2006 I heard you and Teresa Schrum talking about renegade pampas grass on...

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Bamboo – Control

Technically, bamboo is a grass, but certainly not one you’d describe as a premier turf product. The sprouts that shoot up from the ground each spring can grow 12 inches per day. Common fishpole bamboo usually tops out at 15...

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Poison Ivy – Pictures and Mimics

Poison ivy can easily be mistaken for other flora outdoors. Poison Ivy Control Just in case you are unsure which “leaflets of three” to avoid, here are pictures of poison ivy and its mimics. Note the “leaflets of five” leaf...

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Yellow Archangel – Control

I believe I am finally rid of the infernal archangel. Several years ago I found a plant that seemed to be just the ticket for my shady back yard. It had silvery green foliage and yellow flowers in the spring....

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Air Potato

Q: I have a problem with a lovely but horribly invasive vine that grows little potatoes on its stem. It sprouts and spreads like a demon – nearly taking over a 3 acre lot! What is it and what can...

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Virginia Copperleaf – Identification and Control

Q: What is this weed in my garden? A: It’s Virginia copperleaf, Acalypha virginica.  It is an annual weed, which means it can be prevented with the proper pre-emergent chemical. The best pre-emergent for broadleaf weeds is dithiopyr (click for sources). Apply the chemical in...

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Burweed – Control

Q: I have an obnoxious, unkillable, unpreventable WEED in my lawn. It is low growing and the leaves look a little bit like parsley. In summer it has almost-invisible stickers that make going barefoot impossible. I never had this weed...

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Henbit, Deadnettle – Identification and Control

Q: I thought this was henbit but the leaves are furry purple/magenta besides being green. Do you know what this sort of invasive plant is? A: It’s purple deadnettle, Lamium purpureum, which has a similar appearance to henbit, Lamium amplexicaule....

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