Any help naming this plant?

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My yard seems to have a mind of its own. I have so many mystery plants, and no clue what is a weed, what might become invasive, or what will pop through the ground next. How do I go about identifying what I need to get rid of, trim, or keep? I am being strangled out by a ground cover that looks like ivy, and my roses are looking starved. Is there a "budget-friendly" place in the Port Huron, Michigan area or online that can help me with the multitude of issues in my yard?
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  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jun 06, 2017
    But you can also always take pictures and share them here on hometalk for advice and suggestions. Best of Luck!

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 06, 2017
    The ivy looking ground cover sounds like what I call creeping Charlie in my yard and gardens. They spread by root from a mother plant. They are a weed and very invasive. I dig them up and follow the root to the next plant until I reach about six inches outside the garden. This way when the start back into the garden it will be from the edge and easy to deal with. I have a very shady lot and grass doesn't do well, so right now the weed is green and makes my yard look better than if I killed it off. Our dogs also take care of a lot of the grass in the back yard with their big paws running around so right now something green is a blessing until we can paver what we can.

  • KD Redlowske KD Redlowske on Jun 06, 2017
    Actually I've never heard that Creeping Charlie was a weed. We used them as hanging house plants and would trim if needed. If well taken care of they will bloom. Just go on the Internet and look the name up, it will give you a lot of good information.

    • Jan8972791 Jan8972791 on Jun 06, 2017
      In eastern SC Creeping Charlie is a very invasive plant we would consider a weed, but in other parts of the country it's grown as a garden or potted plant. I'm originally from PA, and I can remember years ago looking through a gardening catalogue that was offering Queen Anne's Lace and Goldenrod plants for sale; I was amazed that people actually had to buy them because in the area I lived in both of them grew wild in fields and were considered weeds.

  • It sounds like lespediza (sp). Our yard is full of it....tiny leaves and runs like crazy.