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Pokeweed Growing Everywhere? How To Get Rid Of It

Pokeweed can quickly take over your yard and can grow to be very tall. If you are having this problem, below are some ways you can get rid of this weed.

Pulling Them Out

If you simply pull the pokeweed out of the ground, it will likely come right back. This is because the root system is large and you have to make sure you get all of the roots removed. If you still want to try to remove them by hand, however, you may be able to do it.

You should be aware that pokeweed grows and spreads very quickly, so removing them as soon as you notice them works best. Pulling out pokeweed when it first starts growing is the easiest way.

If you only have a few pokeweeds, you can try to use a shovel to remove them. Use the shovel to dig a circle around the weed of about 15 to 20 inches in diameter and lift up the weed.  You should see a very large, fleshy root. If not, you did not remove all of it. If so, keep digging until you remove all of the root. Once the root is removed, place it in a garbage bag. When you have all of the pokeweed removed, tie the garbage bag and dispose of it.

Using Chemicals

The best way to get rid of pokeweed is by using chemicals. Go to a garden center and tell them what you need the chemicals for. In many cases, most chemicals used for weed control will work fine. Follow the instructions that come with the chemical on how to apply it.

With most weed control products, you will mix it with water and use a garden sprayer to apply the chemical around the base of each weed. If you do not have a sprayer, you can purchase one at any garden center. They are generally inexpensive and come in a variety of sizes.

Killing them Naturally

If you do not want to use chemicals, there are organic weed control products on the market. There are also things around your home that you can use. If you only have a few pokeweeds, boil some clear water and pour the boiling water on the base of each weed. White, distilled vinegar may also work well because vinegar is a natural acid and burns the roots. Mix a spray bottle with 50/50 vinegar and water and spray each pokeweed thoroughly.

Pokeweed is poisonous, so make sure your children and/or pets do not touch it or ingest it. For more information, contact a professional in your area or visit a website like