The Northeast is many things but immune to weeds is not one of them. Here are a few weeds that tend to plague gardens and lawns throughout the Northeast and what can be done about them. The first weed that I want to mention is the Bull Thistle. This giant purple topped thistle has crept its way across the continental United States and as a result it is often present in every region of the country that you may be planning on visiting. This weed when untended can grow up to six feet in height and several feet in circumference. This is not a plant to be taken lightly. It has creeping, tuberous roots that are often difficult to remove unless you have protective clothing from the barbs and nettles and a shovel to dig deep down to remove the entire root clump.
The next weed I am going to discuss is white clover. This is a plant that is not only common in the Northeast but also through most of the rest of the eastern coast. This plant is rather pretty when it first blooms and thereafter until you walk through it and step on any number of stinging insects. The small white flowers are often used in flower necklaces and children’s bouquets but can cause some horrible allergies. This plant can be easily killed with herbicides but you can never really get rid of it completely from year to year unless you have a specially seeded lawn as opposed to a rainwater lawn. If you have had special blends of grasses planted then you may not have to deal with clover but for the most of us it is just going to keep coming back.
Another weed that is common is the False Dandelion. This plant looks much like a dandelion with a thinner stem and smaller blooms. This plant spreads itself out much like dandelions do as well with white puffy seeds that can go from one corner of your lawn or garden all the way to the neighbor down the street. These are more of a nuisance than an actual problem and can be taken care of with herbicide, weeding, mowing until their season is over, or having a specially seeded lawn. For the most part this plant is only around for a few weeks during the spring and then you don’t have to worry much about it until the next year.
The last weed I am going to talk about is Wild Garlic. This plant looks a lot like wild onions and is just about as annoying. These weeds will continually sprout back from the mangled remains left by weeding unless you use some sort of utensil to dig out the bulb which unless it has rained recently, is generally pretty well stuck in the ground. These plants are also incredibly pungent so wearing gloves when getting rid of them is absolutely necessary. This weed is much like the others that I’ve mentioned as it is not particularly harmful, but it is a nasty nuisance that has to be dealt with in most lawns and gardens. With any of the weeds above there are not really any special precautions when it comes to removal save for gloves to keep away stink with the garlic and getting jabbed with the thistles.