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Old 08-10-2014, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I notice some people in my neighborhood let their sunflowers grow in their front yards. Our neighborhood has a lot of established vegetation, it is older so some interesting things pop up in yards here. Some of it I love and some of it I think looks more like weeds. I'm on the fence about Sunflowers. If you had them popping up in your yard would you pull them out or let them grow? I think I would let them grow in the back yard if they were in some of my less formally landscaped flower beds, but wouldn't look right out front.
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:09 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Nothing wrong with sunflowers in a front yard!
Why do they bother you, when they are not even in your yard?


That said... anything is a weed that is growing where you don't want it to.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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Definition of a weed is an 'unwanted plant'. Sunflowers are normally a popular plant, not considered a weed unless as said above you don't want it where it's at.
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Old 08-11-2014, 12:43 AM
 
Location: Yellow cottage, green doors.
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The sunflowers are very important to the good animals of the outdoors.
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Old 08-11-2014, 12:48 AM
 
Location: USA
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The sunflowers are very important to the good animals of the outdoors.
yes they are. Bees LOVE them. Helps with pollination. To me, they're a beautiful flower
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Old 08-11-2014, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Home, Home on the Front Range
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I notice some people in my neighborhood let their sunflowers grow in their front yards. Our neighborhood has a lot of established vegetation, it is older so some interesting things pop up in yards here. Some of it I love and some of it I think looks more like weeds. I'm on the fence about Sunflowers. If you had them popping up in your yard would you pull them out or let them grow? I think I would let them grow in the back yard if they were in some of my less formally landscaped flower beds, but wouldn't look right out front.
If I had them popping up, I would let them grow.
I love seeing them in unusual places, as if they've "escaped" from captivity.
I'm very fond of naturalizing in general, great for the birds and the bees.

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Old 08-11-2014, 09:14 PM
 
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Sunflowers!! Uhhggggggggg!

Every year I buy sunflower seeds for my front and back yard. I rarely get a plant. Meanwhile they grow, well like weeds, on the side of roads and along highways where they get no attention at all I tried just throwing the seeds on the ground and leaving them alone. No luck
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:04 PM
 
Location: MN
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A plant is a weed when it's considered invasive to the native population. A lot of exotic vines people have growing in their yards are weeds for a couple reasons. When they overtake native vegetation causing them to die, it's a weed. When it crowds out native plants for animals, it's a weed. There's one weed called velvetleaf where it can spread thousands of seeds and take over a yard. It becomes a hassle to get rid of, and I don't think it's native to the US. That is a weed.

Sunflowers on the other hand, are not weeds. They are all native to the US:

Helianthus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The fact they seem to grow effortlessly on roadside ditches, but not your yard could be indicative of some soil conditions. I would check soil conditions to see if there's an imbalance. Sunflowers can be grown indoors as seedlings for a couple of weeks before transplanting them. Mine are nice and tall, about 7 or 8 feet They are probably the most cheerful flower I've ever seen. Just about everything loves them, butterflies, birds, and yes even the squirrels in the fall.
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Old 08-12-2014, 12:55 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Definition of a weed is an 'unwanted plant'. Sunflowers are normally a popular plant, not considered a weed unless as said above you don't want it where it's at.
How about this daffynishun :
A weed is a plant of which mankind has not found a use for yet.
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Old 08-12-2014, 01:08 AM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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Should come down here and I could take you to the Ohio River bottoms where a couple farmers will plant 20-30 acres of sunflowers for the wildlife to feed on. Deer love them!
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