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Eliminating Nuisance Plants

Any garden can have its share of nuisance plants. These can be either invasive species, or just plants growing where they don't belong.

Some, like seedlings of golden rain tree, are easy enough to pull up and remove by hand. But others, like cat's claw vine or the invasive elephant ear, usually leave roots, tubers, or other plant parts in the ground that allow the plants to regrow.

In these cases, you'll either need to keep pulling the plants over time or kill them with an appropriate herbicide. Herbicides containing glyphosate are effective on many weeds, though for woody invasive plants like coral ardisia or Chinese tallow trees, you may need a product containing triclopyr.

Always read and follow the product label whenever you use herbicides.

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