Hey guys and gals. I'm new to the forums and would like to say HELLO, first of all! My name is Andrew and I live in south central Pennsylvania USA.
My wife and I purchased our first home back in December of 2013. In the spring of 2014 I made 5 4'x6' raised garden beds so we could grow some veggies. I made a nice brick walkway inbetween the beds and everything. Everything was beautiful! Several weeks passed and I would weed out the walkway, spray a little weed killer down to make it easier. Well then I started noticing the same exact plant/weed/vine would keep coming back. "OK" I thought, it's season will pass and simply die out. Months passed and the same thing kept coming back. Towards the end of the summer I tried to go on the offensive and saturated the walkway with weed killer on top of pulling and killing anything that was coming up out of the walk way. After this it still persisted and I basically gave up for a few weeks. Once winter came the plant finally ceased growing... Until again this spring.
I've tried desperately looking it up on google, but I can't even figure out the name of this plant, let alone find anyone with pictures of it. I've attached some pictures in hopes that someone has also faced this foe. It seems to me to be an underground redish vine. It seems to all be connected underground somehow and spreads outwards. No use in suffocating it from light, because it's vines will grow outwards indefinitely until it's little vines/roots find light. Once they fine light the tips will begin to sprout reddish leaves. When I gave up, the vines would grow upwards as stems and the leaves got bigger and redder. I'm at my wits end, please help!! Thank you!