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Walker, LA
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Covington, LA
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Covington, LA
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Denham Springs, LA
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Denham Springs, LA
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I have a plant growing in my bed which resembles a dandelion.. the problem is that it is really tall. Would you be able to take a look at a picture to identify it?
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Denham Springs, LA
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Greenwell Springs, LA
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Gonzales, LA
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