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    KBratnTex
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    Thought it might be interesting to see what we, as gardeners, face as in our areas. The biggest bane of my existence here are stickers. Our heat kind of makes it the perfect playground for some real “uglies”! I won’t bother with botanical names. LOL

    We call these grass burrs. They hurt like the dickens and are vicious because the burrs have hooks at the tip and are so hard to extract. They will completely take over an area in no time and get at least knee high. However, if you are diligent about gathering the heads before they mature or you mow and spread them, you can keep them controlled.

    The devil’s claw. If stepped on, they can really bury in ones barefoot(and I am always barefoot). But mostly they grab your ankles as you walk by. We used to gather them and glue felt and faces on them when we were kids. I don’t see them much anymore as they mostly grow in pastures and I’m not a farm girl anymore.

    Ah, the mighty goat head! Oh what a pain it is to step on one of these! However, it is a giant, straight burr and can be removed with a hardy yank and much pain. LOL They grow flat and each vine is quite large with just a main stem. They are easily controlled by keeping them pulled before the burrs/seed ripens and falls.

    The khaki weeds. Now these little buggers are new to our area, caused by our extended drought, so say the experts. They’re even becoming famous for taking over whole counties in our area! I’ve never met a meaner more hearty adversary. You can kill the mother plant with weed killer, but each of those little spikes makes another. So, I police my yard before each mowing with bucket and hand hoe in hand. I am the only yard in the neighborhood that has not been taken over. The burrs have hooks on the end and are so tiny you usually can’t get them out at all.

    What grows in your area and makes you crazy?

     

     


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    Posynut_NY_zone4
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    Thistles I keep digging out whenever I see one, wild daisies, mustard. quack grass in the flower beds, and several others I can’t recall the names of but they are listed in one of my Garden Gate magazines and pictures of what the weed looks like.  They have one in every issue so I can tell what I have….except when someone asks me what it is!  I think I have some kind of sorrel in the flowerbeds but forgot the name.  I think Molly told me what it was one time.


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    Gayle
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    Chickweed and another one whose name just went out of my head.  LOL  When I think of it, I’ll be back.


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    SunshineNY6
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    The maple tree seed pods that are whirling themselves down now all over my lawn and in every nook and cranny in my gardens. I’ll be pulling maple tree seedlings all summer into fall and then again next spring.


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    KBratnTex
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    Another thing I try to stay on top of is the beggar lice. They really like the fence line and if I miss any, they just stick all over my clothes as I ride by on the mower. Ugh!


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    plantdoctorzn4
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    Purple loosestrife!  It is on a mission to conquer the world.  It is a pretty, but OH SO invasive plant.  I couldn’t share seeds with you if I wanted to…against the law here….lol.  Charlene


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    Sandy K.
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    Wild geraniums for me . Was given a plant not knowing  some was in the pot and now it is taking over the lawn & grows up into the beds to choke out the flowers . The dang stuff even climbs the wood sides on my raised veggie beds grrr . And wild violets not as bad as the Geraniums but a bugger to keep from spreading . I don’t use sprays .

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    growingranny_va_z7
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    Some of you have much uglier and hurtful weeds than I do. My banes are Red Sorrel, Creeping Charlie(the worst of the worse), wild violets, Honeysuckle, wild morning glories and vetch. But when you put your house on an old sheep farm next to farm fields they were here before me and will be here when I am gone.


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    Gayle
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    The one I couldn’t think of is Bitter Cress.


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