Hi everyone. I live in Halifax Nova Scotia. I don't know much about gardening but have been working hard last year and off to a great start this season. I have been pretty effective at removing the hawkweed and dandelions last year and am now turning to some new plants I am uncertain of.
I have been trying hard online to identify an invasive plant common in these parts. There are two pics of it below. It appears to form into a 7 palmate leaf, although that is only clear in one of the two pics. It spreads rapidly after being cut back and creeps with rhyzomes throughout the yards perimeter. Obviously happy in both heavy clay and drier areas all very acidic. I have no recollection if it flowers.
The second one I have two instances of and no idea if they are weed or some ornamental plant of some sort. As they started greening up relatively early I suspect they are weeds, but not knowing for certain I didn't want to yank them out until I was able to know for certain.
The second does look like stachys, (mullein tends to grow more in rosettes whereas this looks like a spreading thing). The first one looks to me like ground elder or goutweed, which can be a nuisance but has the saving grace of being edible!
the first one looks like a blackberry
with its red stem and fleshy spreading rhizomes
the second looks like a different plant
the third is some else's guess
Location: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
posted 2 years ago
Regan Dixon wrote: Just curious, what do you have against dandelions?
Thank you Regan. As for the dandelions, I appreciate they are important habitat for bees. But it seems that they were well on the way to doing the grass in. Those large leave and stem systems were everywhere and not nice to walk in. I rent in a home occupied by the owner. Her yard had been ignored, mowed routinely, but not well. Last year I took a very hands on approach to it, endless hours of back breaking hawkweed and dandelion pulling. I learned to mow long, reverting from a gas through electric to a push mower. Repairing and grooming all season left the season ending with a very lush lawn. This year I will be planting my own vegetable and tomatoes for the first time and maybe some flowers. Its all money I don't really have, but with my dog we really get to enjoy the space. I will work to find some alternates to support the pollinating insects.
Location: Zone 4b at 1000m, post glacial soil...British Columbia
posted 2 years ago
Ah, it's kind of a barter-for-benefit situation. Your sweat making your landlady's yard manicured and without dandelions, allows you to play in it and plant what you will.