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Piecenik
Aug 7, 2017 11:23 AM CST
I hired a gardener friend to cover my front yard with a very low ground-cover. She covered it sparsely and filled in everywhere between with mulch, saying the ground-cover would fill the yard by summer. It didn't. Instead, about 25 little green blade-like stalks shot up all over the yard, eventually identified as palm seedlings, whose seeds were either in the mulch or the compost that she put down. I was aghast, and asked her to remove the mulch, as well as all the seedlings, and the ground-cover if necessary, to get every last seed off my yard (before replanting ground-cover). She refused, saying all that was unnecessary, and to "guarantee her work" she would simply remove the grown stalks, and come and remove others as they grow. I don't want an on-going problem for which I am dependent on her to come take care of indefinitely. What is the best way to get rid of all current and future seedlings now (without using Round-up or any other herbicide that will kill my other plants) even if I have to pay someone else to do it at my expense?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 7, 2017 11:40 AM CST
Welcome!

Walk around and pull them up.

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Name: stone
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stone
Aug 7, 2017 12:06 PM CST
DaisyI said:
Walk around and pull them up.


and then.... Pot them up as trade goods!

So....
Palm trees? Or palmetto?

Down here.... Would be palmetto...
Out your way, apparently date palms....

Wonder how well those things would grow here....

And what their drought / cold tolerance would be....

What kind of ground cover did she plant?
Anything nice?
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Name: greene
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greene
Aug 7, 2017 12:12 PM CST
Piecenik,
Either wait until after a good rainstorm, or water the area thoroughly. Then walk around and pull them up. They should come up easily while they are small and the ground is wet. It will be good exercise. Thumbs up

I agree, pot them up and sell them. Hurray!

@stone:
Don't know about Macon, GA but daughter germinated some date palm seeds and so far they have overwintered outside in pots just fine for 3 years here in Savannah. One of these days I will dig a hole and plant them. Whistling
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plantmanager
Aug 7, 2017 12:26 PM CST
Small date palms are fine, but they grow quickly, are messy, and cost a fortune to have people come trim them each year. Once that happens, a lot of people just trash the trees.
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purpleinopp
Aug 7, 2017 12:28 PM CST
There are always unwanted sprouts of some kind in any tended area. Growing a ground cover won't eliminate that from happening.
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plantmanager
Aug 7, 2017 12:34 PM CST
That is true! I like the idea of potting them up and making a bit of extra money from them.
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purpleinopp
Aug 7, 2017 12:44 PM CST
Or to use as gifts!

I spent about 2 hours pulling unwanted sprouts this weekend, and none of them were something that anyone would ever cultivate.
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plantmanager
Aug 7, 2017 12:50 PM CST
That's what I find too, Tiffany. My sprouts are all pure weeds.
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Baja_Costero
Aug 7, 2017 1:38 PM CST
We get Washingtonia palm seedlings here in the strangest places. Like in road medians where nobody waters, they just pop up all over the place. The plant in the public garden here was a volunteer. I view the volunteer seedlings as a curiosity and not a menace. These plants are native to the region and they are incredibly good at colonizing sandy areas. They are easy to pull and equally easy to snip off at the base, should pulling not be your favorite activity. Smiling
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plantmanager
Aug 7, 2017 1:56 PM CST
I agree that they come out easily. In our area of AZ the palms all have seedlings everywhere, but I most often notice them coming up in the middle of chain link fences, or right next to block walls or swimming pools. They grow quickly and if they aren't gotten out when small it becomes much more difficult.
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