Mysterious Weed Taking over Lawn

GardenNJ3July 22, 2014

My husband and I cut down a tree in our front yard after Hurricane Sandy almost a year and a half ago. Since then, these tree weeds or whatever we are having been popping up and they are overtaking our yard. Does anyone know what these are? How do we get rid of them?

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jalcon

Try taking a clearer picture.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 11:26AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

What kind of tree was it?

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 11:48AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

take a pic of the root sucker ... with leaves to ID ... and see if it was the old tree ...

i bet the trunk was not treated with a stump killer ...

ken

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 12:11PM
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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

Easiest way is with a lawnmower. Apply regularly while mowing the lawn.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 12:28PM
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lkz5ia

Sell your house now, get out of there while you still can, seems of alien origin.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 12:51PM
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duluthinbloomz4

Couldn't they just be sprouting seeds from the Sandy lost tree. Lawnmower works great to deprive them of their leaves, but if you're really annoyed with them, at this early stage, they should pull up easily.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 12:51PM
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duluthinbloomz4

Only if arranging themselves into a crop circle pattern. :-)

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 12:57PM
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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

They are spelling out 'FEED ME' in the lost language of the Martians.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 1:07PM
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GardenNJ3

better view

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 2:28PM
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tenacre(Z5 SW MI)

> Posted by GardenNJ3
> Tue, Jul 22, 14 at 14:28
> better view

Does your camera have a "macro" setting (for in-focus close-ups)?

Like this for example:

This post was edited by tenacre on Tue, Jul 22, 14 at 17:50

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 4:00PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

What species was the tree that was cut down? These just appear to be suckers from that tree rather than seedlings. Just mow them off.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 4:25AM
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smivies

Looks like root sprouts from a Prunus species. Lots of cherry and plum trees will do that, especially after they've been cut down.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 8:15AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

get undiluted round up ... or generic ....

put it in the very expensive container at the link ..

snip off each sprout.. and apply ONE SINGE DROP TO EACH... return product to original labeled container ... it is a labeled use.. and it is EXTREMELY MINIMAL USE ... it is not a spray thing ....

repeat for as many years as needed ...

i had a friend who had a mountain ash that did this... and all he did was mow.. and you could not walk across the lawn barefoot for all the little sticks that would hurt your feet ...

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 10:17AM
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tenacre(Z5 SW MI)

Looks like it could be mulberry, but you really need to post a better picture (close up and focused)

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 11:37AM
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KSSteve(z6 KS)

Just mow them.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 11:39PM
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famartin(z5 NE NV)

Agree with suggestion that its Prunus.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 5:39PM
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