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Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis
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Early Season Lawn Weeds

Posted by John Fulton -

Each year, the winter annual weeds chickweed and henbit run number one and two in the early spring. This year, it seems the chickweed has regained the number one spot. Winter annual weeds can actually germinate in the fall, carry through the winter, then get going very early in the spring. They also are done by the heat of the summer, leaving seed to germinate again later in the fall. Right now...

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Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard

Posted by John Fulton -

Garlic mustard is considered an invasive species, and some states have declared it a noxious weed. Illinois hasn't declared it such, at least not yet. The problem with garlic mustard is how quickly it spreads. It spreads so quickly it tends to choke out much of the desirable undergrowth in timber areas. At this time of year, the plants are still in the rosette stage described below, but they wi...

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