10 Worst Garden Weeds and Their Management What makes a garden weed the worst? Four attributes make weeds very difficult to manage. These are 1) deep perennial roots, 2) re-sprouting roots, 3) Want the best Indica strains for sale? Here are the STRONGEST marijuana seeds you can buy online (Heavy 100% pure Indica options + sweet DEALS available). Almost any plant can be considered a “weed,” even those we cultivate as crops or ornamentals, if they are able to survive and successfully reproduce or spread in the new environment. Volunteer corn growing in soybean fields, aggressive groundcovers and tree seedlings that sprout in the garden are considered weeds because, by definition, a weed is simply a “plant out of place”
10 Worst Garden Weeds and Their Management
What makes a garden weed the worst? Four attributes make weeds very difficult to manage. These are 1) deep perennial roots, 2) re-sprouting roots, 3) lots of fast-to-germinate seeds, and 4) fast robust growth. Then you have the added bonus of weed nasties that are toxic and prickly. These are the weeds that take a productive garden bed and turn it into an impossible mess fast. If you have any of these in your garden, weekly weeding will be a necessity until they’re eradicated.
Noxious garden weeds vary based on where you live nationally, so those covered are ubiquitous across the whole of the US, though some are more regionally problematic.
If you have a field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) infestation, you are in trouble. This fast-growing vine is one of the most aggressive, difficult perennial weeds to remove, and its little white morning-glory-like flowers produce lots of seeds. The main problem is with its white-rooted runners that spread deep and wide, making it very difficult to dig out. Leave just a piece, and it will resprout. These roots then become mixed up with shrub and perennial roots and are hard to reach. Moreover, weed killers won’t touch it. Managing the weed in a three-step process is the only way to get rid of it.
- Methodically dig out the white underground runners. Gently loosen the soil around each with a trowel, following them until the growing points are reached and the roots are fully removed. If you keep even a small piece in the ground, it will regrow.
- If the runners are intertwined with perennial roots, dig up the perennials, and remove the bindweed roots in full. (Before replanting, amend the soil with Fafard Premium Natural & Organic Compost for faster re-establishment.)
- To keep underground roots from returning in really infested areas, cover the area with mulch cloth and mulch it over. After a season, all parts should be smothered, and you can pull up the mulch cloth and resume gardening as usual.
Burdock (Arctium spp.) is a huge, pesky weed of landscape and garden that has the added annoyance of developing giant burrs that attach to pet fur and are hard to get out. If you let a burdock plant go, it will develop a giant clump of huge leaves supported by a giant taproot that reaches deep into the ground. The flower heads look like little thistles and develop into large barbed burrs. The only way to remove a mature plant is with a long, sharp spade. Be sure to dig the root out in full.
Burdock seed heads are huge burrs that attach to pet fur and are difficult to remove.
Ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) aggressive member of the mint family is a low grower with creeping stems that form a weedy mat over your garden in no time. It also thrives in lawns, so you will need to rely on a broadleaf herbicide for the lawn if you want to truly get rid of it. (Corn gluten is an organic broadleaf herbicide option.)
Thankfully, this weed is very easy to pull, but it seeds in fast, and if you leave even the tiniest piece in the ground it will root and regrow. The best way to manage it is to remove it from garden beds first thing every spring and then apply a good layer of mulch. If some little pieces try to break through, pull them out quickly.
Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) is another of the most notoriously difficult garden weeds. The painfully prickly plants produce copious puffy seeds that get caught in the wind and spread everywhere. Once they become established, a single plant will create a dense colony connected by deep, rooting rhizomes that are impossible to dig out entirely. If you leave just one piece, it will form a whole new plant. Plus, it is resistant to herbicides.
Canada thistle in seed.
To remove Canada thistle, the best method is smothering plants with weed cloth and mulch until they are gone. This one will also creep into the grass, so try to keep lawn specimens under control with broadleaf herbicide. You also don’t want to let this one go to seed anywhere near your yard or garden.
The pattern with these perennial weeds is that most have underground stems and roots that spread and resprout if one piece is left in the ground, and they all produce tons of seed that gets quickly spread hither and yon. Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense) does this, too. This tall, tough grass requires a spade to remove, and gardeners must follow the trailing stems to capture all underground parts. The tip of each root is sharp, so beware.
Thankfully, most of its underground runners stay close to the soil surface, so they are easier to remove. You also want to get rid of specimens before they bloom and set seed in summer.
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is another massively aggressive spreader. And, sadly, this plant was brought to the states as a medicinal herb and flavorant for ale. It has since spread across the eastern United States and the whole of Canada.
The plant has a strong, resinous smell and spreads by the most aggressive lateral underground runners ever. Like Johnsongrass, these mostly remain near the soil surface, but they are so numerous that one has to dig extensively to remove the whole underground plant. I suggest a sharp spade and trowel and lots of elbow grease. Manage it as you would field bindweed.
There isn’t a gardener that has not had the “pleasure” of weeding out nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus). This aggressive sedge establishes itself in the garden via copious seeds and fine, spreading roots that develop small, brown nutlet tubers. Leave just one of these tubers in the ground, and they will sprout into a whole new plant. (One side note is that the nutlets can be harvested and eaten.)
This sedge is not herbicide resistant, but its tubers are resistant. For this reason, dig out the plants rather than just pulling or spraying them. In the process, be sure to get all of the tubers. Then mulch the area over and diligently pull any small sedge sprouts as you see them.
Safety and knowledge are needed when removing this toxic, much-feared weed. First, it is important to realize that you can get a poison ivy rash from any “dead” portion of the plant, from stem to root, and dry plant pieces will remain toxic for years. This is because its toxic oil (urushiol) is very chemically stable and remains potent for ages. That’s why you need more than a bottle of herbicide to remove it. Careful removal by hand is surprisingly the safest method, but you have to prepare well and do it carefully.
There are several things you will need to remove poison ivy without putting yourself in danger. Body Coverings: long thick pants, a long thick shirt that covers your wrists and body, long rubber gloves, and closed-hole shoes (rubber gardening boots are perfect). Tools: a sharp spade or trowel, pruners or loppers, and hole-free plastic bags large enough to contain all plant parts.
All plant parts must be removed. For smaller plants, fully dig them up and cover them with a plastic bag. Grab them with bag and enclose them without touching them. For large vines, cut the base with pruners or loppers, and remove as much of the upper part of the vine as you can. Do not pull it for fear it may fall on you. Once again, cover and grab the plant pieces with a plastic bag to reduce contact. Then dig out the roots with a spade and bag the pieces, too. T=Secure and trash all of the bags when finished.
Cleaning Up After Poison Ivy
During the removal process, watch everything that may have come in contact with the plant (tools, clothing, gloves, trashcan lid handle, door handles, etc.) You will need to clean everything properly.
Clean up: Toss the gloves and wash all possibly contaminated tools and surfaces with a coarse cloth and soap. Degreasing spray can be very effective. Remove all contaminated clothes and washcloths and wash them in a hot water cycle with the maximum amount of a strong detergent. (If you are really worried, you can prewash them in a bucket of hot water and detergent.) Lastly, wash and shower up completely using strong soap, a textured washcloth, and lots of friction. (Friction and good, strong soap should remove all the oil from your skin. If you are really sensitive, wash twice.) Technu soap is made to remove poison ivy oil and is a good choice. [Read here for further information from the USDA about rash prevention.]
Two more essential poison ivy warnings: Poison ivy will contaminate compost, so never add it to your pile. And, if burned the toxic oils of poison ivy become airborne, causing an extra dangerous rash on the skin and in the lungs.
Mowing and chemical sprays can cut poison ivy back, but they will not remove it, or its dangers. Take the time to carefully remove your plants, and your yard will be poison ivy free in no time.
About Jessie Keith
Plants are the lens Jessie views the world through because they’re all-sustaining. (“They feed, clothe, house and heal us. They produce the air we breathe and even make us smell pretty.”) She’s a garden writer and photographer with degrees in both horticulture and plant biology from Purdue and Michigan State Universities. Her degrees were bolstered by internships at Longwood Gardens and the American Horticultural Society. She has since worked for many horticultural institutions and companies and now manages communications for Sun Gro Horticulture, the parent company of Black Gold. Her joy is sharing all things green and lovely with her two daughters.
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10 Best Indica Seeds: Strongest Weed Strains for Sale Online (USA Shipping)
Looking to buy Indica seeds online and avoid the typical trial and error?
(Ie killing all your seeds, getting angry, crying, trying again, getting angry again…)
Well, that’s exactly what we wrote this article for.
We’ll talk about the best Indica seeds for relaxation, ease of growth, high yields (up to 700g), beginner-friendly strains, and more − all this from reputable seed banks so you can get them fast.
And because we know you have the attention span of a goldfish… (No offense)
Let’s get right to it!
Best Cannabis Indica Seeds for Sale: First Look
− Best Indica seeds overall (23 oz) − Beginner-friendly Indica strain − Auto-flowering Indica seeds (no light cycle) − 100% pure Indica seeds − Easy outdoor growing with a fruity taste − High yield up to 700g per plant − Potent Indica dominant hybrid − Best Indica seeds for experienced cultivators − Super high 33% THC content − Top cannabis strain for creativity
1. Gold Leaf Indica (ILGM) – Best Indica Strain Seeds Overall
For the ultimate Indica cannabis connoisseurs, you might want a strain that makes you feel relaxed without being lazy, and Gold Leaf seems to play to that tune.
While she’s largely Indica, her significant cannabis Sativa side gives you uplifting sensations, making her a great strain to take at any moment − day or night.
In addition, the highly potent feminized seeds have steady growth, and that plays a big role in giving you dense buds and a decent yield.
Did I say “decent” yield?
Oops, I meant huge indoor yields of up to 23 oz per 3×3 ft. Along with this, you can also cultivate it outside in a variety of climates, so it’ll probably do well in your area.
While growing Gold Leaf Indica seeds is pretty simple, beginners might need some knowledge around pruning and cropping for a maximized yield.
But don’t worry if you’re coming in green, the ILGM website has extensive growth guides to help you make the right choices.
2. Black Indica (Crop King Seeds) – Best Indica Seeds for Beginners
The Black Indica strain is a boon for beginners for its easy growing difficulty and mild high (more on that below)
The seeds can yield as much as 400 g per plant, and they originate in the US, which means they can survive the harsh winters that may come around too.
Additionally, the Indica dominant strain is famous for its highly resinous buds, setting it as a top option for concentrated weed extracts.
Remember I said “mild high”?
Well, with a moderate THC content of around 13%, Black Indica is a perfect choice for beginners or sensitive people. It kicks in fast and gives you a mild euphoric punch that’s ideal for socializing.
In addition, many people use Black Indica for its potential medicinal properties, such as stress relief, pain relief, and insomnia.
3. Skywalker OG Auto (Seedsman) – Top Indica Weed Seeds for a Strong High
For those of you with a high tolerance, Skywalker OG autoflowering Indica seeds will provide a strong stoned feeling.
With its high 23% THC content and being 75% Indica, expect the high to be soothing, relaxing, and more of a “couch-lock” than other strains.
First time growing indoors?
Well, as the name suggests, these are auto-flowering seeds − which means you won’t have to worry about light cycles. In other words, you’ll avoid 80% of rookie mistakes.
And if you’re growing outdoors, auto-flowering means you won’t have to wait until the next season (provided the weather is not too cold) to grow your plant.
Speaking about waiting…
You will have to wait a few weeks longer than usual (11, to be precise) to get your buds. But I’d say it’s well worth it since you can get up to 650g per square meter.
To add on, the Skywalker OG Auto feminized seeds have a fulfilling topical fruit taste to add an extra dimension of fun.
Finally, Skywalker OG Indica cannabis seeds appear to have very few duds − with many customers reporting 100% germination rates.
4. Granddaddy Purple (ILGM) – Pure 100% Indica Marijuana Seeds
Nothing tops Granddaddy’s ability to give you a 100% Indica adventure.
Along with the classic Indica perk, these pure Indica seeds boast powerful THC levels at 23% to give you a deep relaxing buzz.
Because of its heavy therapeutic effects, Granddaddy Purple can be a great strain for chronic pain relief and cooling those nerves.
But what about ease of growth?
Well, these feminized seeds are not only easy to nurture − they’re quite disease-resistant too, which means you can grow them outdoors without much experience.
You’ll know when they’re ready for harvest because of their dense buds with beautiful purple and red hairs.
Finally, if you’re a new user − please go slow on the strain to avoid possible side effects like a dry mouth. And no, this won’t be easy because of the delicious berry and grape flavors.
5. Blue Cookies (Crop King Seeds) – Best Indica Seeds for Fruity Flavors
For those that want a relaxing yet balanced high, Blue Cookies feminized seeds have you in mind.
This strain combines a body and head-high feeling to make you feel happy and chill, without affecting much of your productivity.
But make no mistake − this strain also has a powerful THC level of 20%, so you’ll feel the effects quickly.
Well, like Black Indica, Blue Cookies originates from the US, so it’s suitable for outdoor growing in most parts of the country.
Of course, you can also grow the strain indoors, and you could get up to 550g per plant.
Your reward? beautiful frosty buds with a mouthwatering blueberry aroma.
6. Watermelon Zkittlez Auto (Seedsman) – High-Yielding Indica Seed Strains
With the ability to yield between 550-700 g per plant, Watermelon Zkittlez cannabis seeds are a go-to option if you want the maximum harvest possible.
Of course, the highest yield will only be for experienced Indica growers that use low-stress training techniques…
But even beginners can choose the strain as it can almost look after itself.
Like Skywalker OG Auto, this strain can be grown all year round (as long as it’s not too cold) and without a specific light cycle.
But let’s talk about potency.
With a 26% THC level, the Indica-dominant hybrid seeds should give you potent euphoric and calming benefits.
The effects are long-lasting, and because of the good balance between Indica and Sativa, you should remain able to perform.
Finally, these Indica plants give a sweet watermelon flavor with berry hints, which is perfect if you’re not fond of the typical pungent taste.
7. Super Skunk (ILGM) – Fast Indica-dominant Hybrid Marijuana Seeds
As far as Indica dominant strains are concerned, Super Skunk strives to give you one of the purest Indica journeys being 80% Indica.
Furthermore, she’s pretty easy to grow and high-yielding (up to 21 oz per 3×3 ft indoors).
But unlike most high-yielding seeds, Super Skunk Feminized Seeds take as little as 8 weeks to grow, so you don’t have to wait for long to reap her benefits.
The only thing is she has a strong skunk smell, so it’s not the most discreet strain.
On the positive, the seed strain goes all out on potency and would give you pleasant upbeat benefits followed by a full-body high for extensive relaxation.
Finally, the strain is currently available as a Buy 10 Get 10 Free deal on ILGM, although I’m not sure how long it will last.
8. Gelato (Rocket Seeds) – Best Cannabis Indica Seeds for Experienced Growers
High risk, high reward…
That’s the beauty of the Gelato feminized seeds.
The cannabis seeds aren’t particularly easy to grow, but if you fancy the challenge and give her the attention she deserves, you’re in for a flourished yield of up to 700g per plant.
Even more, unlike most Indica-dominant strains that give a “couch-lock…
This one is actually a balanced Indica-dominant hybrid at 55% Indica and 45% Indica. This means that you can relax and still be able to get stuff done.
Nope. With a huge 27% THC content, the Gelato feminized seeds are meant for experienced users − perfect for socializing or doing some yard work.
Best of all? Like Super Skunk, this plant gives you a high yield in record time − as little as 8 weeks.
9. Grandmommy Purple (Herbies Seeds) – Strongest Indica Strain
Everyone loves their grandma, but this has to be the best grandmother of all…
With up to 33% THC, Grandmommy Purple seeds are one of our favorite Indica strains to get a mighty punch.
Not to mention the seeds are 80% Indica… which means you’re in for strong full-body sedation or “couch-lock”. Remember to tell everyone you’ll be unavailable for a few hours.
Suffice to say, if you have a low marijuana tolerance, you want to go easy on this strain.
Along with all its pros, an inexperienced grower will have a shot at a decent yield with Grandma, and in 8-10 weeks, you’ll be having fun with the wild berry bud flavors.
10. White Widow (ILGM) – Best Indica Seeds for a Mental Buzz
Nothing beats an easy-to-grow and high-yielding strain, and ILGM’s White Widow feminized Indica seeds check those boxes.
Moreover, this popular Indica strain can give an uplifting and mental buzz, which can help ignite your creative juices.
What about taste?
Well, White Widow is a great balance between an earthy taste and sweet, fruity notes − which means everyone generally likes it.
Finally, these seeds can grow in a variety of climates (Mediterranean, Steppe, Temperate…), which means they’re great for almost all US states.
How To Buy the Best Indica Marijuana Seeds
Buy From a Reputable Seed Bank
The first natural step of getting high-quality Indica seeds online is to choose an esteemed seed bank from the onset.
This is because the best seed banks usually have a keen interest in picking the finest seed genetics to give their customer a very high germination rate, and often a germination guarantee too.
So, to make sure that you choose a top-rated seed bank, you could check product review sites like Reddit and Quora to gauge a seed bank’s reputation.
What’s Your Breeding Experience?
It’s also important that you choose Indica pot seeds that are within your breeding knowledge. You don’t want to get stuck with a hard-to-grow Indica strain and see your investment die off.
Thus, you want to check the seed description to see how much work you have to put in towards the cultivation of a specific seed.
For new cultivators, you want to go with easy or moderate grow level difficulties while experienced breeders can take the challenge of a difficult-to-grow strain for the biggest possible yield.
Choose the Best Seeds for Your Climate
Unless you’re growing indoors, you should choose popular Indica strains tailored to your climate to create an environment for success.
It’s quite helpful that vendors often state the best climate that their seeds grow in.
With this in mind, when shopping for Indica cannabis seeds, view their description to make sure that their optimal environment aligns with the climate around where you live.
Review the Seeds’ Yield Potential
Again, cannabis Indica seeds give varied yields, generally depending on flowering time (the longer, the higher yield) and difficulty.
A high yield sits anywhere above 500g per plant, while a yield potential of 450g a plant could still be a good yield for a beginner strain.
Do You Want High THC or High CBD Seeds?
Depending on your goals, you want to go for either high THC or high CBD cannabis strains.
If you wish for a fun and relaxing Indica strain then you want to go with a high THC strain to get a potent casual yet still therapeutic strain.
On the other side, if you’re set on the potential medicinal benefits of cannabis, then high CBD Indica strains are the best option for you.
Pure 100% Indica Strains and Hybrids – FAQ
Still have questions about marijuana seeds for sal e ? Read on.
What Are Indica Seeds?
Indica seeds are a type of cannabis seeds that are known to provide calming, sedative effects − often called “body high” or even “couch-lock” for high-potency strains.
That said, only pure Indica strains give you that 100% body high, while Indica-dominant hybrids also give you uplifting effects and a cerebral high.
Are Indica Seeds Bigger Than Sativa Seeds?
Yes, Indica seeds are bigger than Sativa seeds, in general.
Nonetheless, there are a few additional ways to tell Indica and Sativa apart.
For one, Indica weed seeds tend to be multicolored – usually with earth colors like brown and black while their Sativa counterparts typically have an even color.
Also, after the seeds sprout and grow towards maturity, Indica cannabis strains usually grow shorter and bushier while Sativa plants can grow quite tall.
What Strain Is 100% Indica?
The Granddaddy Purple feminized strain is 100% Indica.
With pure Indica genetics and up to 23% THC levels, the Granddaddy Purple feminized cannabis seeds give you a powerful full-body relaxation.
To add, this pure Indica strain is pretty disease-resistant, so it will be easier to grow than other cannabis seeds and plants.
Can You Smoke Indica Seeds?
No, you can’t smoke Indica seeds.
While there have been reports of people crushing Indica seeds into powder and smoking them, this is not advised as Indica seeds might have toxins that may pose a risk to your lungs.
Along with this, Indica seeds alone do not have enough THC to bring about any high effect.
What Is the Strongest Strain of Indica?
The strongest strain of Indica is Grandmommy Purple .
Being 80% Indica with THC levels of up to 33%, Grandmommy Feminized Seeds give a potent calming physical buzz that could last a couple of hours.
What Is the Difference Between Indica and Sativa Seeds?
The difference between Indica and Sativa seeds is that Indica seeds are grown for marijuana’s calming benefits while Sativa seeds are grown for pot’s uplifting effects.
In other words, Sativa strains give a “head” high while pure Indicas give a “body” high.
What Gets You Higher Indica or Sativa?
Indica gets you higher than Sativa.
Indica cannabis seeds tend to give a full-body high while Sativa is most known for giving mental and dreamy highs.
Where Does Indica Grow Best?
Indica grows best outdoors.
This is because Indica plants are generally more resistant to harsh weather and diseases. Even more, natural lighting may help them have a short flowering period.
Still, because Indica marijuana strains grow shorter, they could be great for indoor growing for those that want a bigger yield in a smaller growing space.
Best Indica Seeds and Strains in the USA − Conclusion
You’ve read all the way through but you’re still not sure which Indica strain to choose?
Well, if you’re a beginner, Gold Leaf is perfect for ease of growth, high yields, and good potency.
That said, Black Indica is also a great choice for outdoor growers − particularly if you live in an area with harsh weather.
And for experienced growers looking to maximize their yield − Gelato is a natural choice. With careful attention and using low-stress training techniques, you could get up to 700g per plant.
Now, if you still can’t choose the best Indica marijuana seeds for you…
Then you’re either very indecisive or very stoned.
In which case, just wait a few hours and come back… Everything will make more sense ;).
Disclaimer: This article does not encourage readers to grow marijuana where it is not legal to do so.
Weeds: The Survivors
Purslane is a common and persistent garden weed because a single plant can produce 52,000 seeds and broken off stem pieces will develop roots and continue to grow.
Iowa State University Extension
On the popular reality television show “Survivor,” contestants are eliminated from the competition by others until only the winner remains. If a group of herbaceous plants were put through a comparative competition, it is very likely that a weed species would win the million dollar prize. The reason is adaptability. The common weeds that invade our landscapes share a similar characteristic – their ability to adapt and thrive in man-influenced habitats.
Almost any plant can be considered a “weed,” even those we cultivate as crops or ornamentals, if they are able to survive and successfully reproduce or spread in the new environment. Volunteer corn growing in soybean fields, aggressive groundcovers and tree seedlings that sprout in the garden are considered weeds because, by definition, a weed is simply a “plant out of place” or an invader.
Some plant species become weedy pests because they possess specific attributes or characteristics that allow them to succeed and thrive in disturbed areas.
Ability to survive in cultivated soil
Many annual weeds, such as crabgrass, purslane, common ragweed, lambsquarter and redroot pigweed, produce an abundance of seeds. According to a former weed specialist from North Dakota, one common purslane plant will produce 52,000 seeds! If only a few seeds produced by that plant grow to maturity and set seed, there would be more than enough to create a serious weed problem in a garden or field for years to come. Because of this, it is important to control annual weeds in gardens and lawns before they flower and set seed.
Another survival mechanism many weeds possess is the survival of its seed. Seeds of many weed species can survive and remain dormant in the soil for several years until conditions are favorable for germination. For example, seeds of common ragweed can survive nearly 40 years in undisturbed soil. Only a portion of the seeds in the soil germinate each year, leaving a reserve for future years.
Some of the worst weeds to control in cultivated areas are those that spread by underground perennial roots or stems, such as Canada thistle and quackgrass. Tilling areas infested with these pests quickly multiplies their numbers because broken root or stem pieces have the potential to become new plants. These plants are best controlled with spot treatments of a non-selective herbicide, such as Roundup®, that kill the entire plant, roots and all.
Many weed species grow rapidly and shade the less vigorous, cultivated plants. The lack of adequate light causes poor crop growth and production. Some weed species are also greedy when it comes to soil nutrients and water, shorting our cultivated plants of these essential items.
Ability to tolerate unfavorable habitats
Some plants, such as knotweed and plantain, can tolerate compacted soil where turfgrass won’t grow. Seeds of drought and heat tolerant weed species germinate and grow in very adverse places, such as cracks in sidewalks.
Ability to withstand repeated cutting or mowing
Despite frequent mowing, weeds in lawns and pastures are able to survive because they avoid the mower blades with their low stature or sprawling growth habit. Also, some species, such as dandelions and crabgrass, are often able to bloom and set seed between mowings.
Don’t let weeds become the last “Survivor” in your lawn and garden. The best way to compete with weeds is to prevent them from becoming established. This can be accomplished by learning more about the life cycle of common weeds and using the most effective control strategy for each species. In gardens and landscapes, weeds can be controlled by mulching, frequent cultivation or hand weeding. Prevent weeds from invading your lawn by maintaining a thick, healthy turf so that there are few bare spots where weeds can germinate and grow. If herbicides are used, the appropriate product should be applied when the weed is most vulnerable to that product and there is minimal risk to non-target plants and the environment.
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