Common Weeds In The Garden

Did you know there are at least 50 common weeds. Learn how to spot them and kill them.

When we have a garden there are sure to be weeds and we need to know a little about them to be able to control them. Usually the average gardener only knows the names of a few of these weeds, such as Wild Carrot, Quackgrass and Ragweed, but there are so many more that I consider to be some of nature's mistakes: yes, mistakes as they are bad for the crops in the garden and not necessary.

Most of us would certainly like to eradicte all of these weeds, but that may not be necessary. Sometimes these weeds can serve a useful function in the prevention of soil erosion on vacant parts of your yard or even in the vacant part of your garden to keep the soil from eroding when times of plentiful rains are abundant. Certainly a mantle of green alongside the banks of the road by your garden or home site looks better than having blank places where there

is no soil and nothing green.

These weeds can sometimes hide the scars of the earth by growing, and sometimes a slow healing of the earth happens because of these weeds growing. But do not get to thinking these are all necessary and let them get out of control and spread. They can certainly grow to contaminate other areas and you really need to discourage new seeds from growing. \

Mowing weeds before their usual time of flowering will discourage the formation of new seeds from the flowers.

Quackgrass and other weed grasses may be held in check by this method and at the same time be of great value in soil conservation.

Here are the names of just a few of the abundant weeds that may be found in your garden or on your property:

Bermuda Grass, Bindweed, Buckhorn, Burdock, Carrot, Wild, Chickweed, Chicory, Cinquefoil, Cocklebur, Spiny, Crabgrass, Cranesbill, Dandelion, Dock, and Evening Primrose. Also you will find the following: Gill-over-the-ground, Hawkweed, Heal-all, Henbit, Honeysuckle, Japanese, Horse Nettle, Johnson Grass, Knawel, Knotweed, Lady's Thumb and Lamb's Quarters. Then you will find: Medic, Black, Milfoil, Mouse-ear Chickweed, Nut Grass, Onion,Wild, Pennywort, Lawn, Pepper Grass, Pigweed, Plantain, Poison Ivy, Purslane, Quackgrass, Ragweed and Rocket, Yellow.

Now don't forger these weeds: Sandbur, Sheep Sorrel, Shepherd's Purse, Smartweed, Sow Thistle, Speedwell, Common, Spurge, St. Johns-wort, Stink Grass, Thistle, Canada and last but not least Wood Sorrel.

To identify these various weeds and learn about controlling them I would suggest you go to your local library or perhaps buy a book to identify each of these by the leaf, etc.

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