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craiglepaige

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F'ing weeds. What to do?
« on: July 27, 2018, 03:42:00 PM »
Over the past 2 months my backyard (and starting now on the front) has been overtaken by a specific type of weed. I hate them. I can see them overtaking the whole backyard within the next month and then moving onto the front.

 I need to know what type it is and what would be the best product to use to kill them but not the grass?

Pics attached of the intruders.


craiglepaige

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Re: F'ing weeds. What to do?
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2018, 03:55:34 PM »
Wouldn't let me add all the pics on the first post.


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Re: F'ing weeds. What to do?
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2018, 04:00:46 PM »
The photo seems kind of out of focus, but it looks like Creeping Charlie to me.  Runs vines along the ground and sends dowm more roots / grippers at the nodes. Leaves are about 1-1.5 inches across on average. Eventually blooms with small purple flowers.

This propagates like mad. Pulling it up is the most effective option. But any bit left behind will regenerate.. But a garden center or hardware store may be able to suggest an herbicide that targets broadleaves (dicotyledonous plants) and not grass (a monocotyledonous plant).

Itís a prolific bastard, in the mint family. Iíve read that some people have used it for pesto!

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Re: F'ing weeds. What to do?
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2018, 04:08:24 PM »
Buy anything that has 7+% of tryclopir as main I gredient.

Spray it.... Let it rest about 10 days... Spray again... You'll poetically need 2-3 apps.... Those look like wild violets. You can find the ortho concentrate of that herbicide at lowes... Maybe 7-8$/bottle

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Re: F'ing weeds. What to do?
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2018, 04:22:34 PM »
The photo seems kind of out of focus, but it looks like Creeping Charlie to me.  Runs vines along the ground and sends dowm more roots / grippers at the nodes. Leaves are about 1-1.5 inches across on average. Eventually blooms with small purple flowers.

This propagates like mad. Pulling it up is the most effective option. But any bit left behind will regenerate.. But a garden center or hardware store may be able to suggest an herbicide that targets broadleaves (dicotyledonous plants) and not grass (a monocotyledonous plant).

Itís a prolific bastard, in the mint family. Iíve read that some people have used it for pesto!

I added a second photo, maybe easier to name.

Thanks for the information guys. It doesn't bother me much on the backyard but it's now creeping onto the front and that's going to piss me off to no end. I'll try to go to a local nursery and see what they recommend.

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Re: F'ing weeds. What to do?
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2018, 04:38:29 PM »
I have both wild violets and creeping charlie in my yard. It looks like creeping charlie to me. I don't have a lawn and live in the woods. I welcome anything that isn't Canadian Woodland Nettles (they sting and hurt).

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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2018, 04:40:47 PM »
I use Ortho Weed B Gone / Weed B Gone Max to kill broad leaves (poison ivy) in my yard without killing grass. Note: certain varieties of grass are susceptible to this type of product, but they are listed on the back of the bottle (and I don't have them here).


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Re: F'ing weeds. What to do?
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2018, 04:50:27 PM »
The good news is that broadleaf weeds are relatively easy to target in cool-season grasses.
Grassy weeds are far worse to try to control.

Get the weeds growing nicely (fertilize and water and wait 10-15 days) before hitting them with the product. Use it at a label rate that allows two applications, spaced a couple weeks apart.

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Re: F'ing weeds. What to do?
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2018, 06:01:37 PM »
Thanks everyone ☺️

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Re: F'ing weeds. What to do?
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2018, 07:29:54 PM »
It looks like creeping Charlie to me too. Just embrace it. It doesn't grow too tall, doesn't itch, and smells good when you mow it. The purple flowers look pretty in the spring, especially when there are some dandelions and violets mixed in. Why spend money on stinky chemicals? It will just come back anyway.

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Re: F'ing weeds. What to do?
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2018, 05:59:24 AM »
We have tons of it.

My dh signed up for a year of lawn spraying service (w/out discussing it with me - grrr.) I will say that the yard looked great, and was weed free by the end of that year.

When we didn't renew the service, that creeping Charlie was back within about 6 weeks.

I'm willing to just live with it in the grass. As long as it's green, I don't care - I've got plenty of weeds to work on in the actual garden.

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Re: F'ing weeds. What to do?
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2018, 10:19:33 AM »
Standard 2-4-D that you can buy at the farm stores very cheap will kill broad leafs and leave your grasses.
All that lawn weed control stuff is just watered down 2-4-D that you will pay more for.

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Re: F'ing weeds. What to do?
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2018, 03:07:03 PM »
I just leave it in my yard, but I am in kind of a woodsy location facing the park, and don't worry much about anything except poison ivy growing among my grass. I do kill poison ivy, but other than that, I don't mind the "weeds"--like dandelions, violets, clover, etc.  I'd rather not have a bunch of pesticides all over my yard. I keep it neat but not excruciatingly manicured. Birds, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, deer, raccoons, etc. are all over my yard all the time.

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Re: F'ing weeds. What to do?
« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2018, 09:04:50 PM »
Standard 2-4-D that you can buy at the farm stores very cheap will kill broad leafs and leave your grasses.
All that lawn weed control stuff is just watered down 2-4-D that you will pay more for.

I second the 2-4-D. I get it on Amazon combined with a sprayer and spend a fraction of what the lawn chemical companies charge.

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« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2018, 03:52:57 AM »
Home Depot has a good basic broadleaf weed control with integral hose-end sprayer for $9 for 5K square feet.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ortho-Weed-B-Gon-32-oz-Max-Plus-Ready-To-Spray-Crabgrass-Control-999411015/203132407

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Re: F'ing weeds. What to do?
« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2018, 12:35:45 PM »
Standard 2-4-D that you can buy at the farm stores very cheap will kill broad leafs and leave your grasses.
All that lawn weed control stuff is just watered down 2-4-D that you will pay more for.

I second the 2-4-D. I get it on Amazon combined with a sprayer and spend a fraction of what the lawn chemical companies charge.

10/10 would recommend. My neighbor's entire front yard was creeping charlie last year and it creeped, true to it's name, all through my yard. I sprayed the 2-4-D on it 2x within a week, and BOOM it was totally gone a week later.

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Re: F'ing weeds. What to do?
« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2018, 01:26:20 PM »
It's green, and therefore qualifies as grass.  If it gets too tall, just mow it.  No need for chemicals.

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Re: F'ing weeds. What to do?
« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2018, 05:22:21 PM »
I've decided to leave the back as is but treat the front yard. I'm going to go with the 2-4-D.

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Re: F'ing weeds. What to do?
« Reply #18 on: July 30, 2018, 05:36:04 PM »
I've made peace with it and simply allowed it to be the ground cover between the shrubs, and the day-lilies.  It's actually quite attractive.

I've read that it's edible, and a common stir-fry ingredient in China.  I haven't tried eating it yet.