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Weeds growing in your garden? Identify, remove and prevent them

Weeds can be detrimental to an otherwise flourishing garden. 

Weeds are considered undesired plants that grow in unwanted locations. 

Luckily, not all weeds are harmful to other plants, but some can be. 

It’s a valuable skill to be able to identify weeds and remove them early, before it is too late. 

Hands weeding a garden

Weeds can cause a lot of damage to other plants in your garden. (Ben Birchall – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

  1. What are variations of garden weeds?
  2. How do I identify common garden weeds?
  3. How do I get rid of garden weeds?

1. What are variations of garden weeds? 

There are many types of garden weeds. Some weeds are annual, while others are perennial and can come back year after year. 

For a lot of weeds, the most recognizable issue for gardens is how they take resources, such as sunlight and water, away from other plants — making it harder for those more desired plants to grow. 

One common weed that grows in gardens are dandelions. Though dandelions aren’t extremely harmful to plants, they are considered weeds because of how much they spread from wind scattering their seeds. 

Purslane weeds are also rapid growers. The plant is green and has small, oval-like leaves. While purslane doesn’t directly harm other plants, they take up a lot of space in a garden and reduce resources to your desired plants. 

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It is an unattractive weed that can be unhealthy for the rest of your lawn. 

Nutsedge is a weed that looks fairly similar to crabgrass and can be found in your garden or throughout your lawn. 

Creeping Charlie (or ground-ivy) are small but invasive weeds that can pop up throughout your garden. The leaves of this plant look like tiny little clovers. 

When you pull a weed, examine the roots and their formation. Note how often and how quickly they grow. By acknowledging these characteristics, you can better understand what to look for in a book or blog about weeds.

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If you’re seeking an even quicker way to identify weeds, download an app like PictureThis, snap a photo of the plant in question and allow the app to identify it for you.

If possible, wait until a rainy day, or after you’ve watered to remove pesky plants from your garden with ease.

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A lot of weeds can be pulled out with your hands; but for those more challenging plants to remove, you may need a weeding tool. 

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