I think I have pokeweed in my yard. Do you have any ideas how to get rid of it?

January 07, 2008 Print Friendly and PDF
The first step is to make sure what you have is “common pokeweed” ( Phytolacca americana L.). Contact your local Extension office and take advantage of a weed identification program. If it is pokeweed and you are going to get rid of it, springtime is when poke needs to be sprayed with herbicide. Poke has a very large taproot and is difficult to control. Ready-to-use formulations of glyphosate are not strong enough to kill this plant. A strong 5-percent mix of glyphosate with water is recommended to get the job done. Avoid getting the glyphosate mixture on surrounding vegetation; as this non-selective herbicide will damage surrounding turf and ornamentals. It generally takes two to three applications a couple of weeks apart to get adequate control. Always read and follow herbicide label instructions.

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