Monday, July 28, 2014

Weeds - the real nasties!

I’ve posted before on weeding—no one’s favorite subject.  In those posts, I talked about proactive and reactive ways to rid your garden of the undesirable plants. But there is one more thing.  In this the age of information, knowledge is power.  Knowing the weeds in your area will give you the ability to beat them before they get to you.  Here are a couple I have encountered over the years:

Bindweeds.  I made the mistake of confusing these with the morning glories I grew over our back fence.  Big mistake, big, big, big mistake. Although they are a valuable honey plant and come from the morning glory family lineage, they are an obnoxious weed. These plants have t-h-o-u-s-a-n-d-s of seeds that come from each flower.  It can reproduce from seed or from one tiny piece of root left in the ground when weeding.  Once they penetrate your garden, they are nearly impossible to get rid of. 

Two suggestions for eradication: 
**1  Pull the dirt away from the base of the plants, exposing some of the roots to the sun. Wait until the plant dies off, then remove the plants roots and all. 
**2  If you can’t find the root source of the plant is to pinch off the flowers.  No flowers, no seeds.
Ragweed.  A major contributor of allergies come fall are just as annoying in your garden. They propagate from seeds, blown around by the wind that can live for decades in your garden soil. The key is to watch for new plants and pull them as soon as possible, mow them down before the seeds begin to grow.

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