If you have personally involved yourself in the maintenance of a garden, you will know the real dangers of allowing weeds to grow unchecked. Weeds are obnoxious beings that can greatly affect the fertility and utility of the garden by, inter alia, killing off beautiful garden flowers and restricting nourishment to other plants. Thus, it becomes all the more important to detect and weed out these unwanted beings.
The task of recognizing weeds is not simple and requires knowledge on various aspects such as their appearance, the climate under which a specific weed grows, the place of growth and whatnot.
To ease the process of identification, we have enlisted five weeds that you must immediately get rid of:
Pigweed is an annual weed that is reproduced by seeds. It features a fleshy, red taproot and usually comes out in early summer or late spring. This weed flourishes in warm weather, and it is recommended that it be pulled out before it flowers.
It is will be interesting to note that pigweed is fit for human consumption, so it is not that useless at all. Cook them the way you grow and cook spinach, and, well, eat.
2. Morning Glory
Morning Glory does not bring any glory to your garden—it is a disgrace, and you must get rid of it the moment it comes to your notice.
Morning Glory is yet another annual with deep, horizontal roots. It sprouts in the spring season and remains throughout summer.
The flowers it produces are attractive, but that should not stop you from removing them—they spread like hot cakes in warm weather, and, thus you should eliminate them soon enough.
3. Quack grass
One of the most persistent and creeping perennial grass which is reproduced by seeds is Quack grass. It features straw-coloured rhizomes forming a heavy mat from which shoots may also emerge.
You cannot simply allow these weeds to grow and must forthwith dig them out.
Dandelions are known for their attractive bright yellow-floured flowers and spherical seed heads, and that is why they are easily identifiable. The leaves of this weed are fit for consumption and often added to the salad as they are a great source of vitamin and minerals.
Despite all the good qualities, dandelions cannot part with their true nature and hence, must be rooted out. Grasp them strongly and uproot them from the ground. Even a little piece of it may grow back so be careful.
Just by looking, you will be reminded of a crab, and hence, the name.
Crabgrass is a quick-growing annual which is reproduced by seeds and sprouts in the spring season and remains until the summer. It thrives in dry, hot conditions, and therefore, the moment hot weather kicks in, stay on guard.
To prevent the growth of this weed in future, apply corn gluten meal in the spring season, and then, re-seed the lawn during the fall. If you follow this two-stage process, crabgrass will only remain a memory.