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postheadericon Knotweed identification and how to control knotweed

Knotweed identification and how to control knotweed

Image by Matt Lavin By Jackie Rhoades Weeds, weeds, weeds. They pop up everywhere and gardeners wage a constant battle against them. We till and enrich the soil. We plant our ornamentals and our vegetables, and the weeds take advantage of our efforts. We think we have them under control and then we turn around and find something spreading where we least expect it; the insidious weed, knotweed, sprawls along our footpaths and up between the flagstones of our patio. How much do you know about knotweed types or even…

postheadericon Controlling japanese knotweed – get rid of japanese knotweed

Controlling japanese knotweed – get rid of japanese knotweed

Image by Gordon Joly By Heather Rhoades Though Japanese knotweed plant looks like bamboo (and is sometimes referred to as American bamboo, Japanese bamboo or Mexican bamboo), it is not a bamboo. But, while it may not be a true bamboo, it still acts like bamboo. Japanese knotweed can be very invasive. It is also like bamboo in that control methods for Japanese knotweed are almost the same as for controlling bamboo. If Japanese knotwood has taken over a part of your yard, keep reading to learn more about how…

postheadericon Learn more about burr medic and its control

Learn more about burr medic and its control

Image by ibsut By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) If your lawn is filled with prickly burrs, you likely have burr weeds. With a little vigilance, however, it is possible to control burr medic and improve the health of your lawn. Read on to learn more. What is Burr Medic? Burr medic (Medicago polymorpha), also known as burr weed, is a type of trifoliate weed that can quickly spread throughout the lawn and garden if not controlled. Advertisement You can recognize this weed by its green serrated leaves…

postheadericon Killing wild onions – tips for getting rid of wild onion plants

Killing wild onions – tips for getting rid of wild onion plants

Image by Cameron Jay Erens By Heather Rhoades Wild onions (Allium canadense) can be found in many gardens and lawns, and wherever they are found, a frustrated gardener is sure to be found nearby. These difficult to control weeds are the bane of many gardens, but with determination and a little hard work, you can get rid of wild onions once and for all. Identification of Wild Onion Plants Wild onion weeds grow in clumps and are typically found in flower beds or near difficult to mow areas, though they…

postheadericon Controlling prostrate pigweed – tips to remove and kill prostrate pigweed

Controlling prostrate pigweed – tips to remove and kill prostrate pigweed

Image by Pompilid By Heather Rhoades Pigweed, in general, covers several different kinds of weeds. A common form of pigweed is prostrate pigweed (Amaranthus blitoides). It is also known as matweed or mat amaranth. This invasive weed has made itself at home in lawns and gardens. This leaves many homeowners wondering how to get rid of prostrate pigweed. Let’s take a look at prostrate pigweed identification and tips for prostrate pigweed control. Prostrate Pigweed Identification Prostrate pigweed grows in a circular form with low-growing stems coming from a central spot…

postheadericon Controlling canada thistle – canada thistle identification and control

Controlling canada thistle – canada thistle identification and control

Image by lostinfog By Heather Rhoades Perhaps one of the most noxious weeds in the home garden, Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) has a reputation for being impossible to get rid of. We won’t lie to you, Canada thistle control is difficult and requires a significant amount of effort to be successful, but the effort you put into controlling Canada thistle will pay off when you have a garden that is free from this annoying weed. Let’s look at how to identify Canada thistle and how to get rid of Canada…

postheadericon Garden weed management: how to control weeds in your garden

Garden weed management: how to control weeds in your garden

Image by Aubrey Kilian By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Managing weeds in the garden is not one of our favorite things to do – it’s more like a necessary evil. While we may have a love for plants, weeds can oftentimes become more of a nuisance in and around the garden. They compete with our garden plants for light, water, nutrients and space. Unfortunately, weeds are also more adapted to the areas in which they seem to pop up and are sometimes more difficult to control as…

postheadericon Controlling duckweed – how to kill duckweed

Controlling duckweed – how to kill duckweed

Image by Carolyn Jewel By Becca Badgett (Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden) Common duckweed (Lemna minor) is a rapidly spreading aquatic plant that deprives ponds of oxygen and leads to the death of fish and beneficial algae in still waters. It is important to get rid of duckweed for the health of your pond and existing aquatic life. Duckweed Information Duckweed is most often found in nutrient rich ponds, those where a buildup of leaves on the bottom creates stratification. Black, smelly ooze is a primary source…

postheadericon Eliminate dollar weed – how to kill dollar weed

Eliminate dollar weed – how to kill dollar weed

Image by avlxyz By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Dollar weed (Hydrocotyle spp.), also known as pennywort, is a perennial weed that commonly pops up in moist lawns and gardens. Similar in appearance to lily pads (only smaller with white flowers), this weed is often difficult to control once it becomes well established. In fact, it can quickly spread throughout the lawn and other areas by seed and rhizomes. Nonetheless, there are several options available to treat dollar weed should it become a problem for you. Getting Rid…

postheadericon Verticillium wilt treatment: what is verticillium wilt and how to fix it

Verticillium wilt treatment: what is verticillium wilt and how to fix it

Image by Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org By Jackie Carroll Leaves that curl, wilt, discolor and die may mean that a plant is suffering from verticillium wilt. You may first notice these symptoms in spring or fall when temperatures are mild. Read on to find out how to distinguish verticillium wilt from other plant diseases and what to do about it. What is Verticillium Wilt? Verticillium wilt is a fungal disease that lives in the soil. It invades susceptible plants through their roots and spreads through the plant’s…