How do you identify a weed in your yard?


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Homeowners and gardeners can identify weeds in their yards using online resources such as Weed Alert, the National Gardening Association and the Do It Yourself Network. Sometimes it may be difficult to differentiate desired yard plants from harmful weeds, so these tools can be very valuable to gardeners. Knowing what kind of weeds are growing in one's yard is essential to determining how to get rid of them.

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Weed Alert has an online tool that homeowners can use to identify weeds in their yards by the name of weeds, by their appearance or by the region in which they live. Homeowners can select which words best describe the weeds they want to identify in certain categories, as such vernation, ligule and seed head.

The National Gardening Association has a weed identifier tool that allows gardeners to view thumbnails of different types of weeds. This website also provides information on methods for controlling weeds, such as herbicides, digging, mulching, flamers and reducing reseeding.

The Do It Yourself Network lists the most common yard weeds and provides pictures of them and suggestions on how gardeners can deal with them effectively. Some examples of weeds that are described on this website include dandelions, crabgrass, ground ivy, dutch clover and chickweed.

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