Do you have a garden full of weeds? Are you doing a lot of work trying to get rid of the weeds in your garden or lawn? Learn how to put the weeds to work in your garden. Put weeds to work for you.
A weed is any plant growing where you don’t want it to. Many plants, even those referred to as weeds have their benefits. Consider the dandelion, a common weed plant.
Dandelion is a common lawn weed and garden weed. Dandelion is edible and attracts beneficial insects like bees and butterflies. Instead of spraying it with poison, it can be a food source for you and beneficial insects. Some dandelions are native plants to the US. Some are native to other areas. To control this weed from spreading, pluck the flower before it has a chance to set seed and eat it if you like. There are some dandelion look-a-likes. Be sure to properly identify and wash any plant before eating.
Don’t Let Weeds Control You, Put Weeds to Work in Your Garden : Identify weeds
The first step to putting the weeds to work in your garden is identifying your weed plants. When you identify weeds instead of getting rid of them without a second thought, you might find that a weed growing in your lawn is a beneficial native plant or an ornamental garden plant. Many garden perennials can look weedy to some people before they have the chance to flower. When you identify weeds and learn about them you might find that there’s clover fixing nitrogen in your garden or lawn. Once you identify your weeds, you might find that what you once thought of as a weed is a wanted plant.
To identify weeds, be open minded about what plant your weed could be. As weed can be any surprise plant that showed up where you didn’t plant it, a weed can be any plant including a garden ornamental seedling to a native wildflower with wildlife value. One way to identify weeds is to bring a sample or photo to your local plant nursery. Another way is to check plant id websites online. In the US, you can try to identify weeds with the United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database website which includes many plants that have been found growing throughout the US. Pictures in the USDA’s Plant database can be helpful to identify weeds.
Another way to identify weed plants is to allow them to bloom. Once in bloom, you might recognize the flower and be able to identify weeds yourself. What you once thought of as a weed plant might have lovely ornamental blooms. Identifying weeds is also key to targeted weed control.
Don’t Let Weeds Control You, Put Weeds to Work in Your Garden : Weeds as a free source of plant
Weeds can be a free source of plants. If you find a garden plant growing in your lawn you might call it a weed. Instead of killing the weed, welcome the free plant by moving it to the garden. Remove a clump of grass from your garden to fill in a bare spot in your lawn. Garden plants growing in your lawn can be a free source of plants. Grass growing in your garden can be a free source of lawn. When you put the weeds to work by giving them a place where they work for you, weeds can save you money on weed killer, garden plants, and lawn seed.
Don’t Let Weeds Control You, Put Weeds to Work in Your Garden : Beneficial weeds, weeds with a purpose
Many weed plants have a beneficial purpose for gardens. There are native plants that are referred to as weeds, edible weeds, beneficial weeds that attract beneficial insects, weeds that feed birds, and beneficial weeds that deter deer. Even if you don’t let garden weeds or lawn weeds grow you can use weed plants for compost. Weeds can be beneficial in many ways when you identify weed plants and put the weeds to work.
Don’t Let Weeds Control You, Put Weeds to Work in Your Garden : Use the weeds to learn about your soil
Weeds can be educational. Weeds can be an indicator of soil health and quality. If you want to replace the weeds with different plants, identify weeds and put weeds to work by using weeds to learn about your soil. Learn what type of soil the current weed plants like. Improve soil to encourage plants you want. Soil quality is a key factor in helping wanted plants crowd out and prevent weeds in your garden.
Don’t Let Weeds Control You, Put Weeds to Work in Your Garden : Beneficial weeds in my garden
Some people call mugwort and mint weeds. Mugwort and mint in my garden are much easier to pull than grass so these weeds are already saving some work. Some kinds of mugwort are native plants to the US. Some kinds of mint are native plants to the US. Peppermint is native but Spearmint is not. Mint and mugwort plants seem to help protect other plants from deer. The mint is edible, attracts beneficial insects, and its leaves add a nice fragrance to the garden. Pulled overgrown, or harvested mint can be used around edges of the house to deter ants. This also seems to help deter cats from going to the bathroom in the garden. English Ivy provides clues to light levels reaching each area of my garden, showing where tree branches may need pruning. In my garden, these plants are beneficial weeds that are working for me.
As I fill in areas with deer deterrent native plants and improve soil with compost, I see less mugwort. An alternative to fast growing mint is bee balm, or any plant in the Monarda genus. Check which is native to your area. Bee balm has many of the same positive qualities as mint. Bee balm has aromatic foliage, attracts beneficial insects and hummingbirds with red flowers, and it’s edible. In addition, bee balm is also native to my area.
Don’t Let Weeds Control You, Put Weeds to Work in Your Garden : Beneficial weeds in my lawn
My lawn is a free source of plants. I learned to identify weeds in my lawn. I found many free plants growing in the lawn and moved them to the garden. In my garden, patches of grass are dug out and used to fill in lawn holes left over from the free plants.
A weed is any plant growing where you don’t want it to. Make the best of weed plants you already have. Instead of killing all weeds in your garden or lawn, take time to identify weed plants and let these temporary plants do some work for you. Weeds can be a free source of plants. Weeds can have a beneficial purpose. Weeds can be educational and help you learn about your soil. First, identify weed plants in your lawn and garden. Then instead of letting weeds control you, put weeds to work in your garden. Get weeds to work for you.