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Old 08-29-2014, 06:32 PM
 
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This guy is growing all over the place in my garden. gardenknowhow.com doesn't have anything that looks like this.

I've so far tried

  • granules for weed control
  • Round Up Weed Killer
  • regular plant killer that works fine on broadleafs and ivy and whatnot
And this weed just shrugs it off.



Now, I had a landscaper at one point and when they were done, there wasn't a single sign of these left. But I was at work and didn't see what they did, and I've fired them due to incompetence with the overall service.



What IS it, and how can I get rid of them for good myself?


A weed - but WHAT weed?-0828141721.jpg
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:40 PM
 
Location: CO
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Well it doesn't look as much like a weed as it does a tree seedling. What trees are close by? Mimosa, by any chance? Hand pulling is probably your best bet.
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:56 PM
 
Location: CA
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That looks like a Bracken Fern, to me... They reproduce by releasing spores from the undersides of their leaves. I usually just pull 'em up by hand. More info: http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/tcweeds...acken-fern.pdf
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:44 PM
 
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That looks like a Bracken Fern, to me... They reproduce by releasing spores from the undersides of their leaves. I usually just pull 'em up by hand. More info: http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/tcweeds...acken-fern.pdf
I think you're on the money here. Although I'm at a loss to understand how in the blue hell it got into a residential garden in the first place. From what I'm reading it's mostly on farm land (which I HAVE seen and misidentified). It's only mine these are growing in - the neighbors who have the same type of garden don't have that.

I'll look into some fertilization or something. In the meanwhile I'll need to get something to pull these out I guess (hands are not an option). Thanks
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:24 AM
 
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You've got to be kidding. You want to get rid of Bracken Ferns??

Let them grow and they'll look a lot nicer!
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Old 08-30-2014, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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You've got to be kidding. You want to get rid of Bracken Ferns??

Let them grow and they'll look a lot nicer!
Well, they are in a garden, so probably not the best place to let them stay. I would dig them up and transplant to a semi-shady area with lots of humus - it would be a shame to throw them away!
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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You've got to be kidding. You want to get rid of Bracken Ferns??

Let them grow and they'll look a lot nicer!
Dunno what bracken fern is like in your neck of the woods, but in the PNW it will take over if you let it.

OP, it came in as spores in your bark mulch or a new plant, or a bird, or.... It spreads from rhizomes, so pulling it can inadvertently spread it by breaking up the rhizomes. Cut it off at ground-level instead, and keep cutting it off every time it gets half-an-inch above the ground. It will give up eventually, but you have to stay on it.
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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revelated.
Boy, you have received bad news.
You can pull it out, because it'll spread.
You tryed spraying it, it comes back or doesn't die.
It came in your mulch? I believe that, I have seen strange stuff
in mulch.
Your not goin to pull it, so enjoy your bracken ferns. LOL
Never heard of them, I guess its a Pacific Coast kind of thing.
I do love ferns though.
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Old 08-30-2014, 01:53 PM
 
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You've got to be kidding. You want to get rid of Bracken Ferns??

Let them grow and they'll look a lot nicer!
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Well, they are in a garden, so probably not the best place to let them stay. I would dig them up and transplant to a semi-shady area with lots of humus - it would be a shame to throw them away!
Abstract A36: Bracken fern carcinogen causes cancer in humans -- Shahin 3 (1001): A36 -- Cancer Prevention Research



The fatal fern | Society | The Guardian
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New research, being presented at the British Ecological Society Annual Meeting in Lancaster this week, has revealed that a common fern may be poisoning water supplies all over the world.
It's not about "looking nice". It's about invading a garden and causing additional issues with other plants in the garden, as well as potentially causing problems for fish and other mamals.

In an event I want them gone. Turns out Weed B Gon kills a part of the stem to where it starves and breaks on its own - some what like it's burned - so I'll just do that for now.
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Old 08-30-2014, 03:36 PM
 
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Lots of bad things noted about 'bracken ferns', read the various sites here and what they say about it.
https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q...en+fern+photos
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