Plant ID forum→mystery weed with deep, hard, knuckly roots all over my lawn

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May 24, 2020 8:27 AM CST
Hi, I am a newbie gardener trying to sort out my lawn. The earth is very dry and hard and when walking in barefeet I have felt some very hard roots of what I can only assume are weeds as there are quite a few of them and in the middle of the lawn away from the trees and bushes. I have taken some photos of the roots and the plants that grow from them. Can someone please help me identify what weed/plant this is and how to remove?

I did try to dig out the roots but they got thicker and tougher the deeper I went.

Please help!

Many thanks
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Name: Daisy I
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May 24, 2020 11:34 AM CST

Those are suckers from a tree. Tree roots grow a long way in search of adequate moisture. Do the leaves match any of your trees?
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Name: Lin Vosbury
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May 24, 2020 12:00 PM CST
I agree, those appear to be suckers from a tree that is somewhere in the vicinity!
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 25, 2020 10:21 AM CST
It also could be from a tree that in the past few years was cut down.
If that's the case, it can take a couple to several years for roots to die, but keep digging or cutting.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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