Name that Weed

Name that Weed
Desert Broom

Desert Broom

The monsoon rains are great for our thirsty desert.  The trees and flowers are blooming with all the water they get this time of year.  But, cialis usa  there are other plants that are not so desirable that love the monsoon rains too.  These plants are weeds.  The weed seeds sit patiently under the soil until they get enough rain to sprout.  It seems like we go from one day with no weeds to the next with the ground covered with them.

Have you ever been unsure if the leafy plant growing in your yard is a plant or a weed?  If so, viagra sale  here are the most common desert weeds.

  • Desert Broom (Baccharis sarothroides) is the plant shown above.  By the time it gets this big, its extremely hard to kill.  The roots are about as deep as the plant is tall.  If you let it keep growing through the fall and winter, you’ll get lots of white cottony Desert Broom flowers that float through the air and can kick up your allergies.
Tumbleweed

Tumbleweed

  • Tumbleweed or Russian Thistle (Salsola tragus) is often associated with the old west and you’ll see it rolling down a dusty street in western movies.  You often see tumbleweeds growing in areas where the ground has been disturbed by construction.  It is extremely drought tolerant which makes it well suited to grow in our desert environment.
Spurge

Spurge

  • Spurge (Euphorbiaceae) is a summer weed that you may be noticing right about now. This weed grows from a central tap root.  If you can grab onto it and pull, it will come up all in one piece.  It has a sticky milky sap that gets on your hands when you pull it and are not wearing gloves.
Buffelgrass

Buffelgrass

  • Buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) can grow quickly and densely and crowds out native desert plants.  This is what makes it such a problem.  It is also a fire hazard.  It’s a warm season grass but can germinate and grow after almost any rain.

Keep an eye out for these and other weeds.  The best time to eliminate them is when they are small and fairly easy to remove.  Once they get established, weeds can be very difficult to get rid of.

Sonoran Oasis Landscaping has state certified chemical weed control technicians.  Give us a call at (520) 370-5697 if we can help you with your weed problem.

Deborah Munoz-Chacon

Sonoran Oasis Landscaping


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