Sometimes there is confusion as to the difference in a weed garden and a wildlife garden. Wildlife gardening collectively focuses on wildlife along with the natural plant habitat, which includes native weeds.
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Weeds don't need to be cultivated but that does not mean to let any garden with weeds go unattended. Sorry! To do so could be trouble causing overgrowth. Some weeds can grow out of control, overwhelming wanted vegetation. This can invite unwanted pests and diseases.
Rather than being overwhelmed, view any garden as an entire system. Every garden and lawn showing an infestation of weeds, pests or diseases are viewed by the organic gardener as symptoms of an illness, not the illness. The illness being the soil.
When developing weed, wildlife and butterfly gardens look at the ground up - consider the soil. Is soil compacted and lacking vital organic matter, fertilizer and aeration or has the area been starved of these?
Is the soil over saturated with water or needing more? By keeping things simple in time weeds that do not contribute to any garden will thin out with help from you.
Having a well maintained weed garden will also help your local eco-system remain in check with beneficial insects and more.
The Weed Identification page details how plants grow, including weeds. Understanding this helps with choosing eradication methods and then controlling them with different types of mulch. On this same page also are Common weeds to be eradicated. These weeds can be invasive both above the soil line and below it in rooting systems.
Many weeds that need to be eradicated seem to happily jump from lawns into gardens.
To help build a better understanding of garden and lawn weeds, this webmaster is a Certified Arborist with a B.S. in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences who also welcomes your questions about weeds and lawn care.
So what is exactly is a weed? Definitions include plants that are considered:
Not all weeds fit into the above descriptions and some over the counter plants do. Geographic locations make a difference with how weeds grow. We have all unwittingly planted pretty flowers and plants that turned into weeds to be dealt with later. Butterflies don't distinguish between them, so we must learn to identify weeds which create a healthy weed garden.
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