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Weed Control (page 2 of 2)

by Steven Zien

America's Most Unwanted Weeds

Here are a dozen of the most vexing weeds I normally confront. Annual weeds complete their life cycles in one growing season. They create the most seeds, and don't regrow if top growth is killed. Perennial weeds set fewer seeds, but sustain and propagate themselves other ways, with creeping stolons, rhizomes, bulbs or other plant parts. More often than not, eliminating them from your garden calls for repeat treatments.

Perennial Weeds

Bermuda Grass (Cynodon dactylon)
Control: Cultivation, flaming.

Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Control: Long-handled mechanical weeder.

Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)
Control: Cultivation of young shoots, flaming.

Yellow Nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus)
Control: Cultivation prior to formation of five true leaves.

Broadleaf Plantain (Plantago major)
Control: Long-handled mechanical weeder, flaming, soap herbicide.

Curly Dock (Rumex crispus)
Control: Long-handled mechanical weeder.

Dallisgrass (Paspalum dilatatum)
Control: Cultivation.

Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense)
Control: Long-handled mechanical weeder, hand weeding (be sure to remove roots).

Annual Weeds

Crabgrass (Digitaria sp.)
Control: Cultivation.

Prostrate Spurge (Euphorbia supina)
Control: Flaming, cultivation, hand weeding, soap herbicide.

Common Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)
Control: Flaming, cultivation, soap herbicide.

Redroot Pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus)
Control: Cultivation, soap herbicide.

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