Weeds, Weeds, Weeds: How to Control Them Naturally

Published Monday, April 1, 2019

The weather is getting warmer and with warm weather comes weeds. Weeds—those unwelcome menaces of the suburban lawn, their dastardly green tentacles strangling our beautiful flowers and grasses. This year, I'm going to hold off on the herbicides and try some natural ways of weed elimination first. If you also have an interest in trying non-chemical weed removal, here are some books that can help.

Weeds Friend or Foe?: An Illustrated Guide to Identifying, Taming, and Using Weeds
by Sally Roth

A weed is a weed is a weed, or is it? Weeds plague every garden, and this illustrated guide to controlling them—or using them to your advantage—gives you everything you need. This books contains a guide to controlling weeds with both conventional and organic methods, colorful photos to help identify the weeds, and potential uses to help decide whether the weed can be beneficial to you.

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The Book of Weeds: How to Deal with Plants that Behave Badly
by Ken Thompson

Weeds are plants growing in the wrong place. Here's how to recognize, prevent, eradicate—or learn to live with— your unwelcome guests. Get to the root of any weed problem with Ken Thompson's witty, wise, and easy-to-follow guide. With advice on all the tools and techniques you'll need, you can win the battle against the weeds or, for those with less will for the fight, know the truly evil weeds from the mostly harmless.

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Weeds
by Walter Conrad Muenscher

Weeds is the most scientific and dense of my three recommendations, but can be very helpful, because it contains a dichotomous key and illustrations to help identify 571 different varieties of weeds. The first three chapters of this book cover the importance of weeds, their special habitats and special methods for non-chemical control.

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Krista has been working at EPL since 2018. She loves books, worships kitties and gets the hiccups every time she eats carrots.