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2016-01-28

Spring weeding should include invasives

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According to the Riverside Nature Center newsletter, winter marks the arrival of a number of "introduced" plants in the Hill Country. These non-native plants can quickly spread through yards, gardens and fields.
If left to propagate, they compete with native wildflowers by using water, soil and mineral resources.
Some, such as bur clover, form such thick mats of vegetation that they prevent the growth of warm season native seedlings.
Tackle these invaders as soon as you can recognize them and before they start seed production.
Some of these invasive plants include bur clover, henbit, pin clover, hedge parsley (aka beggar's ticks) and Persian speedwell.