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Winter/Spring weeds that spread by rhizomes

Posted by tx_ag_95 7/8 Lewisville (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 13, 12 at 23:10

So, the "winter" weeds that I thought I had pulled and thrown away have come back from the roots...in some places, probably where they were allowed to grow really big & strong. It's NOT henbit. It's a brighter green leaf, more blade-like in shape, some-what centered around a rosette/taproot. Kinda looks like clover but not. About a month ago I weeded the entire area, as it's a landscape bed with mulch around the "good" plants. Tonight I found a number of spots where the weeds were coming back and when I hacked at them with a hand-held hoer, I found a large root/rhizome that I proceeded to dig out. I'm wondering what on Earth this is and how on Earth do I get rid of it?!? I was about to spread corn gluten meal on the entire area, wet it down, and let it dry, then cover it with a heavy layer of mulch. BUT, I don't think that would phase this nasty weed. And, if it's a plant you like, I apologize, but it spreads too quickly for me and I just don't like the way it looks, so it's a weed for me.


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RE: Winter/Spring weeds that spread by rhizomes

If it looks like clover, grows from a central point and has tiny yellow flowers -look out! The seeds form a burr and the burrs are nasty. I have two dogs and they have carried it on their fur into my back yard and along our sidewalk. Corn gluten did not stop them this year.


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RE: Winter/Spring weeds that spread by rhizomes

I have been waging war on that same clover stuff bedford. Those stickers are gnarly! I innocently thought that it was clover and let it get a strong foothold, then discovered the burs. It's easier to get out after a rain.


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RE: Winter/Spring weeds that spread by rhizomes

Thanks Bedford, but it's not clover-like and it has little white flowers. I think one year I let it go, thinking it looked pretty...which was a mistake, obviously!


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Post pics please!


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RE: Winter/Spring weeds that spread by rhizomes

Next time I find a clump big enough to photograph, I'll take a picture! I didn't think to take pictures before I started pulling it. I was hoping that it was common enough that people would recognize it by description.


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RE: Winter/Spring weeds that spread by rhizomes

The only weed I can think of with somewhat sword shaped leaves and spreads by rhizomes, as well as seeds, is what's commonly called 'Widow's tears' also known as Spiderwort (of which there are good garden cultivars), but their blooms are blue; although some are very light blue. Could that be it? If so I've been temped to leave them in the garden too, but they do want to take over.

Here is a link that might be useful: Could it be these? Google images ...


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