Can we ever get rid of these little monsters that grow in our yard and take over our plants and flowers? They seem to be problems, but these problems have solutions.
Bull Thistle is a widespread weed in Indiana that was originally from Europe and Asia. It is a biennial weed that has been introduced in America and now in Indiana. It looks a bit scary but it’s actually pretty easy to control. Once in awhile you might find one in your yard or alley, but they are usually more intense in fields, trails and along roads. They can be manually removed with a shovel or they can be chemically sprayed. Look at the label of your weed killing chemical to see if it covers Bull Thistle.
Canada Thistle is also found in Indiana and looks similar to the Bull Thistle however there is a slight difference in looks. There are also a variety of colors and typically has more branches, which makes it more easy spot. Herbicides can be applied in the spring and fall and should be applied in the following spring again as the seeds will remain in a vegetative state. It is also found all over the United States.
Common Chickweed also known as starweed, bindweed, winterweed, satin flower and tongue grass. It is found in Indiana as well as many other states in the USA. There is control for this weed which consists of timely applications of herbicides. There have been statements made that this weed is also used for medicinal purposes.
Creeping Bentgrass is a common problem weed in Indiana. It is hard to control without killing other grass in your yard. It can be dug up if it is in small areas. However in larger areas you might consider replacing the grass.
Dandelions are considered a problem in most areas of Indiana as well as other states. Kids absolutely love them and they are almost always the first flower picked for mom. It might be the first weed ever to be put in a glass of water to last about a week in the middle of the table.
Some people actually find it useful for health benefits. Dandelions are hard to control and spread quickly, however there is hope. There are chemicals that get rid of them that do not destroy your grass. Sometimes you will need a professional unless you know what you are doing. The best way to do it yourself is to spray them in the spring, fall and again in the spring. My neighbors have only had one dandelion in their yard in the past 20 years just by following the spring and fall method.
Other weeds in Indiana include: Ground Ivy, Henbit, Qauckgrass, and Tall Fescue