Weed Identification and Control

Information on weed identification and control, including catsear, marestail, purple loosestrife, pokeweed, pigweed, poison ivy, crabgrass, hemlock, purslane and multiflora rose. Tips on various herbicides and integrated pest management.

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Smooth groundcherry Physalis longifolia var. subglabrata Photo: Theodore Webster, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org
Smooth Groundcherry - Articles Articles

Smooth Groundcherry

Tim Abbey

Smooth groundcherry (Physalis longifolia var. subglabrata) is a perennial plant. More
Pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea) Photo: John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
Pineappleweed - Articles Articles

Pineappleweed

Tim Abbey

Pineappleweed can be either a summer or winter annual. More
Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org
Herbicide Recommendations for Noxious Pigweeds - Articles Articles
Herbicide recommendations for management of noxious pigweeds in corn, soybean, and forages. More
Photo: Chris Evans, University of Illinois, Bugwood.org, annual sowthistle, Sonchus oleraceus
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Annual Sowthistle

Tim Abbey

Annual sowthistle (Sonchus olearaceus) is one of the annual thistles. More
Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other: the Future of Weed Management?
Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other: the Future of Weed Management? - Articles Articles
Whether you grow cotton in the Delta of Mississippi, soybean in IN, or corn in PA, chances are good that there are herbicide resistant weeds near or on your farm. More
Photo: Loke T. Kok, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Bugwood.org, bull thistle, Cirsium vulgare
Bull Thistle Identification and Management - Articles Articles
Bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare) is a biennial that true to its name, has notable spines. This plant is much different than Canada thistle. More
Photo: Mark Czarnota, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
Mulberry Weed - Articles Articles

Mulberry Weed

Tim Abbey

A weed that has been spreading in recent years in the nursery and landscape trade is mulberry weed. More
Nimbleweed actively growing in July
Nimblewill (Muhlenbergia schreberi) - Articles Articles
Nimblewill is a native warm season perennial grass. It is extremely common, especially in older lawns. More
Photo: Ohio State Weed Lab Archive, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org common purslane Portulaca oleracea
Purslane - Articles Articles

Purslane

Tim Abbey

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is a summer annual that forms low growing mats of succulent stems and leaves. More
Managing Weeds in CREP Grasslands
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Managing Weeds in CREP Grasslands

Dwight Lingenfelter, William S. Curran, Ph.D.

It's time to think about managing those weedy plants in CREP before they set seed. More
Photo: Ohio State Weed Lab Archive, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org, wild garlic,Allium vineale
Wild Onion and Wild Garlic - Articles Articles
Wild garlic (Allium vineale) and onion (Allium canadense) are perennial plants that can be a weed in turfgrass and landscape beds. More
Photo: John D. Byrd; Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
Yellow rocket - Articles Articles

Yellow rocket

Tim Abbey

Not all weeds get a “cool” common name, but yellow rocket (Barbarea vulgaris) is one of them. More
Photo: Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org prostrate knotweed Polygonum aviculare
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Prostrate Knotweed

Tim Abbey

Prostrate knotweed (Polygonum aviculare) is a summer annual. More
Photo: Charles T. Bryson, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org eastern poison-ivy Toxicodendron radicans
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Poison-Ivy

Tim Abbey

Poison-ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is a native woody, perennial vine. More
Photo: Shepherd's-purse Capsella bursa-pastoris Ohio State Weed Lab Archive, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org
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Shepherd's purse

Tim Abbey

Shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) is a winter annual. More
Purple Loosestrife – A Noxious Weed
Purple Loosestrife – A Noxious Weed - Articles Articles
Recently, some folks pulled into the local nursery, asking about the pretty pink flowering plants that were blooming along the fields and roadsides. More
quackgrass Elymus repens Stem(s) Ohio State Weed Lab Archive, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org
Orchardgrass and Quackgrass - Articles Articles
A number of grass species appear in lawns and ornamental beds and are considered weeds. More
Catoctin Mountain Orchards using black plastic mulch and straw between rows.
Weed Control in Cut Flowers - Articles Articles
Managing weeds in cut flowers often requires different approaches depending on the specific weed, specific flower or woody stem, time of year and level of weed infestation. More
Images 1. Common ragweed. DiTomaso, J. UC-Davis, Bugwood.org.
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Keep an Eye Out for the Ragweeds

Dwight Lingenfelter, William S. Curran, Ph.D.

Members of the Aster family, particularly the ragweeds, are never good neighbors and it’s key to understand what your post treatment options are. More
Photo: John Cardina, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org poison-hemlock Conium maculatum plant
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Poison Hemlock

Tim Abbey

Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) appears to have become more abundant over the past few years. More
Closeup of triangular stem shape, rhizomes, and tubers. Photo: Univ. of Illinois
Yellow Nutsedge Control Starts Now - Articles Articles
A sure sign of summer, yellow nutsedge is showing up in lawn areas. More
Photo: James H. Miller & Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society, Bugwood.org
Yellow Woodsorrel - Articles Articles

Yellow Woodsorrel

Tim Abbey

Yellow woodsorrel (Oxalis stricta) has foliage (composed of three leaflets) that resembles white clover or black medic. More
Photo: Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org Annual Bluegrass
Suppression of Annual Bluegrass or Crabgrass - Articles Articles

Suppression of Annual Bluegrass or Crabgrass

Tanner Delvalle, Peter Landschoot, Ph.D., Jeff Borger, M.S.

Seedbed establishment for fine turf can be extremely difficult, and is often considered an art form. More
What Makes a Good Plant or Insect Sample?
What Makes a Good Plant or Insect Sample? - Articles Articles
Advice for collecting a good plant or insect sample for identification. More