Weeds in My Garden deedsphotos

Weeds in My Yard and Garden

I took the pictures below today (8--20-09) in my yard in Michigan and would welcome help identifying several of them and any suggestions for dealing with them in a "green" way. In particular, Sour Grass has invaded my front lawn and is beyond the point of pulling them out one at a time.

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Crab Grass deedsphoto

Sour Grass deedsphotos

Violets deedsphotos

Fever Few deedsphotos

Forget Me Nots deedsphotos

Canadian(?) Thistle deedsphoto

Canadian Thistle
Canadian Thistle

??? Help! Can you identify this weed or plant?

??? Help! Can you identify this weed or plant? Potentilla?

Creeping Charlie
Creeping Charlie
Creeping Charlie
Creeping Charlie
Creeping Charlie
Creeping Charlie
Monster prickly Thistle next to sidewalk on our block.
Monster prickly Thistle next to sidewalk on our block.

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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

I had a neighbor in Santa Barbara that raised weeds in his back yard...never had to fertilize, water, or " weed "... ..they were quite beautiful and tougher than nails all year long...Larry

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Storytellersrus 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Yes, I thought several of these were really nice, lol. The sour grass looks like shamrocks! So... what makes you want to get rid of them, anyway? I pull all the spurge in my yard because otherwise it takes over. But I leave some of it because in Colorado for something to actually grow and be green is a miracle, haha.

Wiz 7 years ago

Emmm, tender young dandelions are good eatin', Ralph--but not at that stage!

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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

the last one looks like 'buttercups' to me...they get a really nice orange flower but sure do take over the place and grow a really tough web of roots......:O) Hugs

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jiberish 7 years ago from florida

I'm not very good at identifying weeds, except the clovers. I'd be more than glad to come over and help you look thru them for a 4 leaf one. :)

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sabu singh 7 years ago

Wish I could help Ralph but I guess I have butterfingers instead of greenfingers.

Would you believe I have photographs of flowers and plants taken at heights of 8,000 ft and above in the Himalayas, which look uncannily like the first three in your Hub? Shall send them to you.

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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

The prickly stuff is thistle. Of what varieties, I'm not sure, but you have two of them, from the photos. The first looks like Canadian thistle. If that's the case, you have a big job ahead of you. Canadian thistle propagates by seed as well as underground runners. The runners can be as deep as 18 inches. One Canadian thistle plant will produce 10,000 or more seeds in a season. One way to deal with it is to take a trowel, sink it next to the stalk, and pry up the plant as close to the runner as you can. And just keep doing this as the new plants emerge, maybe for years. Another way is to carpet the infested area in black plastic for a year or more, cutting off any access to light and air. Nasty stuff...even chemical treatments are not successful in one season.

What you call "creeping Charlie" is a variety of ajuga which we call "bugle weed." If it's what I think it is, it sends up a very nice looking blue flower in spring, and then eats the rest of your garden as the summer progresses. It spreads by air roots along the runners of the vine. The only way to deal with it is to pull it up, as you know, when the soil is wet, so that you get all the roots out.

About violets, they are lovely in their short bloom time. If you can contain them, they are very nice as a spring accent, and their greens are not offensive through the summer. Otherwise, they are weeds that just need to be pulled up...they come up easily when the soil is wet.

I agree with Storytellersrus about the shamrocks, which is what your photos look like. Sour grass is a variety of oxalis, and that's another story. Leave the shamrocks/clover alone if they are in your lawn. They add nitrogen, and, here, in southeastern PA, clover is often added to a grass seed mix to induce that nitrogen development in the soil.

Happy weeding.

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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

Many thanks for the informed and helpful comments! I'm going out right now and dig up the thistles.

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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Oops...it's oxalis, not clover. Have fun.

ralwus 7 years ago

Oxalis yes, and goosegrass is another with the dead leaves under it. Thistle is a bitch. Creeping Charlie likes shade and can be controlled with 20 Muleteam Borax, carefully. The boron in it inhibits the plants ability to suck up nutrients. Be careful with this and read up on it Ralph. Eat the dandelions in spring and then keep pulling them up bu roots and they will die off as they cannot survive, they will just wither. Can be a daunting task. Just pull up the thistle with the complete root, keep at it as with the dandelion and it too will die back. Get all weeds before they flower and seed. Crabgrass is an annual. It's the seeds they spill out that need attention in April to inhibit their germination.

You can also use a garden rake on the creeping Charlie to pull it out then use the boron or just keep raking it out. Good luck now and thanks for the great answer to my question. peace, CC

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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

Many thanks for the good advice. I dig up the dandelions in the spring every morning when I go out to get the newspaper.

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Chrisvernon 7 years ago from Michigan

Where in Michigan are you from? I love taking pics in mi

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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

In a suburb of Detroit.

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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

wonderful picture. It looks green everywhere.

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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

prasetio, thanks for your comment. You may want to take a look at this Hub as well--http://hubpages.com/living/Flowers-in-a-Michigan-G...

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robie2 7 years ago from Central New Jersey

Just found this one and had to comment that my entire back yard which once was grass has been taken over by crab grass and various weeds-- I've decided they have a right to live too so this summer I gave up and just mowed the weeds-- works fine. As long as I cut them short it all looks green and kinda like a lawn-- so that's what I'm doing from here on in:-)

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Hi-Jinks 7 years ago from Wisconsin

Too late now, try cutting your lawn at around 2 1/2 inches. If you don't like spraying the whole lawn, try using a foam paint brush and touch the weeds with a solution of weed killer.

Also watch your watering, I see some mildew on the grass.

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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

Thanks for your suggestions! I'll try them next year.

Frances Tourtellot 6 years ago

The one photo 2 down from the Canadian Thistle looks like cilantro.

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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Thanks for your comment. I'll check with my wife. She's the gardner. I know she does grow cilantro.

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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

My wife says it's Potenttilla. It has yellow flowers in the spring.

jspiers 4 years ago

Late arriver, but I would suggest eating the sour-grass, violets, dandelions and thistles. Grazing off your yard is a good way to keep things manageable...

The dandelions are good in the spring, and the flowers are edible in salads and tempura. The violet greens are good all year long, especially cooked as greens or in stir fries or on pizza (I actually wildcraft them, as the flowers are as edible as the greens.) Thistle, depending on the variety, can be good as shoots in the spring, and the tuber and some of the flowers are edible. Sour-grass is supposed to be very edible, and is eaten quite a lot in various parts of the world, particularly Africa from which it came originally. Good luck!

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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Thanks for the suggestions!

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