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I need ways to get rid of weeds. They are growing like mad in-between the patio stones in the backyard, and now are letting their fluffy white seeds loose into the air. Most of them look fairly prickly and are taller then Drifter! They also seem to be attracting all sorts of bugs including hornets.

I tried a bit of bleach a few nights ago on a small area to see how well it would work and it did a fairly good job, I tried vinegar tonight as I've been told that it kills weeds effectively and won't hurt the environment. Also been told that it gets rid of ants too and we had loads of ant hills around the weeds and patio stonesWe'll see how the vinegar works. Only now the backyard smells like a french-fry place that was bathed with bleach. :evil:

Anyone else have any ideas?
 

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A lot of garden-variety backyard weeds will be killed off by spraying Roundup but you have to be very careful when getting close to flowers you intend to be there. I've used Roundup in my flower beds at times and have taken a sheet of cardboard to separate the weed from the plant and then sprayed. We also have a lawn service company in town spray our yard each summer. If I remember right, they come 4 times between spring and fall and we have excellent control from dandelions!

I probably should make clear that I'm not sure what Roundup would do in the yard as far as killing your grass or not. If you're just looking to get rid of weeds in the cracks of the cement, rock beds, etc., it's fine. Otherwise, I'd be tempted to call a lawn service to handle the yard.
 

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Best way to get rid of weeds: don't think of them as weeds. Guaranteed to not see one single weed in your garden then!

:lol:

Seriously, though. Rethink the weed concept. Some are undesirable, but sometimes they'll surprise you. I always let plants grow as they want, unless they're harmful. One time two unsightly things popped up in my garden, then grew to be three foot tall unsightly things...then sprouted dozens of the most glorious spun-gold looking daisy-like flowers I've ever seen, they shined like silk and had flowers the size of my palm. Never seen them before, never saw them again afterwards.
 

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I thought this thread was about the t.v. show. :oops:
 

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lol I've never watched that show, always looked interesting though.

I could care less about them except they are getting huge and taking over the patio and attracting hornets which in turn attack Drifter when he goes out. If he steps on the weeds he yelps so I assumed that they are spikey. So it's in his best interest to get rid of them. That and I'm sure the coop doesn't like one of their townhomes looking like wild field.

I'll try the roundup. :)
 

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Roundup DOES kill grass and everything it comes in contact with! Weed Be Gone does not kill anything but the weed, but it is not nearly as good as Roundup. Roundup works great (my dad makes both so I have plenty of both!), just be careful what you spray it on (especially in the wind, it will travel!).
 

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Last week I bought some stuff that was in a direct spray bottle that I purchased because it was cheaper than Roundup. I bought it at Meijers. It was not a brand I was familiar with either. Well, I only read the instructions after I had brought it home and OMG, I am NOT kidding, you would have to wear a HasMat suit to use that stuff! It actually warned that if any of the spray got on your skin...........go directly to your doctor 8O ! Needless to say, I took it directly back to Meijers and told them why.

Word to the wise; always keep the wind to your back and never spray INTO the wind! I would also wear latex gloves while applying as it always seems some bottles like to drip on your hand no matter how careful you are.

I have also used "total vegetation" killer by Ortho that says it "prevents weeds for up to one year".

Also, it is much cheaper to buy a gallon plastic sprayer [they cost maybe $10] and then mix your own dilution with water, from the concentrated RoundUp. [I've bought the gallon 'ready to use' RoundUp and it really didn't go very far, actually.]
 

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We had a long period of heavy rainfall here in NE Oklahoma. Consequently I could not get the grass mown.

On the up side, I found lots of things growing that would normally get the chop like this................



Moth Mullein (Verbascum blattaria), a really cool looking wild flower.

And this............



Wild Garlic.
I used some in a great Spaghetti Bolognese I made. Nice getting free garlic fresh from the garden without any effort on my part. :D

Mick.
 

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oklahomegrownveg said:
And this............



Wild Garlic.
I used some in a great Spaghetti Bolognese I made. Nice getting free garlic fresh from the garden without any effort on my part. :D

Mick.
Jealousy! Oh, the jealousy! I've never heard of or seen wild garlic! Only onions! I want wild garlic :cry:
 
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