- (Focus Area) Yard & Garden
- Author: Whitney Brim-DeForest
Are you tired of hand-pulling weeds from your yard or garden, and want to use an herbicide? Seen your friend's post on social media for a quick and easy guide to make your own herbicide but aren't sure if it's really a good idea to use? So many questions, so little time. Here are some answers to the frequently asked questions I hear:
1) What is the difference between a pesticide and an herbicide?
Here is the Environmental Protection Agencies definition for a pesticide (https://www.epa.gov/minimum-risk-pesticides/what-pesticide):
- Any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing,...
From the Retail Nursery an Garden Center IPM News Fall 2018 newsletter
Managing Weeds in Landscapes
Nurseries and garden centers often sell a wide range of plants for use in gardens and landscapes. Your customers may manage a complex array of different landscape plantings, including woody trees and shrubs, woody ground cover beds, annual flower beds, herbaceous perennial beds, and mixed plantings (Figure 1). This complexity often makes weed management difficult. An integrated approach is the most economical and efficient way to control weeds, so knowing strategies for managing weeds in a variety of landscapes can help you advise customers.
- Author: Scott Oneto
This is a follow up article to a blog that my colleague, Guy Kyser wrote back in 2011 titled “Purple alert: Common Pokeweed”. Since that time, I probably get a dozen or so calls this time of year asking, “what is that huge weed growing in my yard with dark black berries and big green leaves.” Pokeweed!
I personally find this plant quite interesting. As a native to portions of the United States, it turns out this plant has a diverse history and in recent years it is being studied in cutting edge medical research and energy technology. Have I perked your interest? If so read on.
“I hate crabgrass!” is a common lament I've heard from residents during my 35 years in UC Weed Science. However, four out of five times, the weed people are actually referring to is not crabgrass, but bermudagrass or dallisgrass. So why does knowing the name of the weed matter? It...