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identify purple seed headed lawn weed

Common chickweed is a low-growing winter annual weed that germinates in cool, wet weather. Its smooth leaves are elliptical in shape and grow opposite each other. The chickweed grows in a dense mat across the ground that branches out frequently near the base. Branching occurs less frequently the further out you travel from the base of the plant. The leaves are somewhat hairy on the bottom surface and hairless on the top.

Removing the creeping buttercup at its growing point at the soil level should be sufficient to prevent regeneration. Cut the stalks at an angle under the rosette formed by the leaves and removal should be relatively easy.

Weed Identification

A toxin in the plant can cause gastrointestinal discomfort if consumed by your pets. The creeping buttercup is thought to be harmful to the plants surrounding it because it depletes potassium in the soil, affecting its availability to surrounding grass and ornamental plants.

Spear thistle reproduces only through seeding, so it’s important to get to them before fresh seeding occurs. In gardens, spear thistle is destroyed by surface cultivations in the spring and by hoeing or tilling the ground as necessary. Young plants should be removed at the rosette stage in the first year of growth.

Using a weed burner on the top growth is also an effective means of controlling mouse-ear chickweed as well. The weed should not be able to recover from the death of the top growth, and you’ll also kill any seeds that are in the topsoil as well.

Unlike many lawn weeds, this one is indigenous to North America, not a foreign invader.

There are dozens of different lawn weeds, but the greatest problems are caused by a select few. While it is tempting to simply use heavy doses of broad-spectrum chemical killers to eradicate weeds, there may also be more specific remedies for specific weeds that don’t require dangerous chemicals. Plus, some weeds are remarkably resistant to herbicides, responding better to different methods of control.

Common Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

It is also one of the most nutritious plants on the planet, said to contain more healthful omega 3 fats than any other plant there is.   So before you poison it, consider instead harvesting it for use in salads or in stir-fries. As a preface to strained yogurt and garlic, the author says of purslane that it “has been present in many ancient cuisines all over the world for thousands of years.” Purslane is a personal favorite among the edible weeds listed here. If you like juicy foods, then this plant, being a succulent, furnishes plenty of juice in every bite.

Many weeds have a “silver lining” in the way of offering attractive flowers, pleasant scent, or by being edible. You can find no such advantage with crabgrass.

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