Weeds, Weeds, More Weeds. What to do?

Yellow nutsedge, Cyperus esculentus

September invites fall lawn and garden advice. Soon, articles on bare patch repair, leaf composting, and fall pruning will flutter onto screens and pages like leaves from the trees.

This year, I’m suggesting a less conventional autumn topic: Weeds.

Why? Since July, I’ve barely gone a day without hearing, “I can’t believe the weeds this year.” The reasons may be more subtle than most of us expect. And the answers? More subtle still. See Zip06/TheDay for some intriguing insights into the weeds of 2018. 


Homely, helpful: Don't pull that weed!

Monarch caterpillar on milkweed leaf

More than a few plants that we humans call weeds, other creatures call home. Even among our cherished ornamental flowers, some need to stand long after the beauty pageant is over in order to support the insects they host.

Such is the case with the milkweed family. Long after the flowers have gone, the leaves are critical for monarch butterfly larvae. If you want to support bees, birds and butterflies, here's a short article from The Day in New London, CT, on the "homely" plants that do a lot of good for the creatures that pollinate our food crops and flowers

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