Plants of the Week - March 9th 2019

This week’s picks are those cute little ‘weeds’ just sitting there, poised and ready to grow like ‘weeds’; namely Chickweed, Purple Dead Nettle, Henbit, and Hairy Bittercress (although several others may be starting to show as well – like annual bluegrass, horseweed, speedwell, bedstraw and even the rosettes of poison hemlock, which we will address later in the season).I bring these up right now because the short spurts of warm weather we’ll start experiencing will have these winter annuals (which actually germinated last fall and have been sitting patiently for a little warm weather) growing like crazy so they can flower, seed and die.And it happens just like that!The secret to control is simply raking them out of where they’re growing.They’re annuals, and die.And make sure you rake them before they flower and set seed!In lawns, get the lawn thicker and these winter annuals can’t grow.In open beds and gardens, apply a pre-emergent in late summer to stop the seeds from growing.By the way, did you know that these are all basically edible, with Chickweed being one of the most nutritious greens you can eat?So, I say this: “If you can’t beat ‘em, just eat ‘em!”

Ron Wilson

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