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Asked by Anonymous on May 22, 2014
Common Pokeweed

Common pokeweed was growing last year at the edge of my property and has left unsightly large white stalks. Since pokeweed is toxic, is is okay to burn last year’s dead stalks?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I would not recommend burning the plants. If you wait until the soil is saturated and use a good shovel for the job, you may find it easier than you think to pop the large fleshy roots out of the ground. If that sounds like too much work, you can treat the plants with an herbicide. Glyphosate will do the job. Keep an eye on the treated plants, and spray them again if they re-sprout.

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Asked by Anonymous on August 8, 2015
Poke Weed

Poke weed has volunteered in my garden and I have left it, as I have a bird/butterfly/bee garden and birds love the berries. However, I know that almost every part of the adult plant is poisonous to humans, and so I wondered about the deer which have nibbled almost all of one large plant. Are they, like birds, immune to its poison, or should I spray it for deer repellant like I do most of the rest of my plants?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It is indeed poisonous, but the deer are able to eat it without any issues. Go figure! That being said, this plant can quickly get out of hand if not kept under control. Should you find yourself having problems with pokeweed and need to get rid of it, however, this article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pokeweed/controlling-pokeberry-plants.htm

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Asked by Joyce Kubasak on August 11, 2017
Pokeweed

How do you get rid of poke weed?

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shelley
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