A weed is often defined as a plant that tends to grow where not wanted and prevents the growth of more desirable plants, usually by taking up growing space. Weeds are a part of gardening. Weeds are a part of life. It is not realistic for any of us to have a weed-free existence. Despite that, we are not relegated to a garden (or life for that matter) that is overgrown, or being overtaken by undesirable vegetation.
Even though most plants are still sleeping, it doesn’t mean you should be snoozing on taking action. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a familiar saying. With respect to weed control, no truer statement can be made. Weed prevention, as opposed to weed eradication, requires advanced planning, forethought, and the ability to see into the future. If your prognosticator is broken, and you fail to take timely action, you will soon receive a reminder in your garden: Noxious Weeds.
There are three routes to take with regard to pre-emergent weed control: Physical barrier, organic and chemical. We’ll discuss the differences in coming weeks. There is a good chance you have growing in your yard, things you didn’t plant and don’t want. Those can’t be dealt with pre-emergently; they can only be physically removed.
If you’re unsure what to take out and what to leave, there is a great community effort going on in a couple of weeks that will help clarify that, and you can contribute in the process. You will learn that what may be desirable in one place is unwanted in another.
WEED WRANGLE™-NASHVILLE, is a one-day, citywide, volunteer effort to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants. These include bush honeysuckle, Chinese privet, autumn olive, English ivy and winter creeper. With the event going on at 16 different green spaces in Nashville, there is one near you! The event is Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Full details: www.weedwranglenashville.org