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How do you get rid of nightshade? I sheet mulch over it but have discovered unless I sheet mulch the entire yard or tear out the top foot of soil on the whole yard, I will always have to find creative ways to deal with it or live with it. Ultimately though it produces purplish poisonness berries and I live in a city zone therefore I cannot necessariily leave my yard as poison plant resevoir for free ranging animals. What are your ideas? Any plants that can out battle it for space and prove for better uses?
 
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What kind of animal do you expect to be grazing in your city plot?
 
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not all nightshades are poisonous.  are you sure you've got a nasty one?  some are harmless and tasty.  don't taste one until you've got a positive identification, though.  a dichotomous key to help you ID it shouldn't be hard to find.
 
                          
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Emerson - I have 3 hens that I have run over any spot I want a raised bed, fruit tree, or bush.

tel - I know I have the deadly nightshade with the purple berries, one of my gardening neighbors who will grow anything yanked it and threw it way saying there is no way I should mess with it. Now I the nighshade on the west side of my yard might be different but I have never let it grow to the point of having berries.
 
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we used to have deadly nightshade vines that grew up over our property line fences, ..but i haven't seen it in a long time, it was very pretty..but i think that the trees that grew up must have shaded it out (i'm a tree person)..so maybe that would work for you too..ignore it and plant trees..

i don't think it is deadly to all animals..as the birds here i'm sure were eating the berries and surviving fine....just make sure that children don't mess with it
 
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