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To Pull or Not to Pull...

May 10, 2017

By: Barb Holtz

That is the question! Seeders, green behind the ears or well-seasoned, often share the same sentiment, "When plants start coming up, I can't tell what they are. I want to pull weeds so they don't beat out the native stuff." Honorable goal. Here's my advice...chill out just a bit.

If you're not sure what you're looking at, leave it be. Sure, we've all yanked out a good sprout here and there. But even if you are absolutely sure your fingers have clamped onto that undesirable weed, you could be disturbing a coveted native plant nearby in the unearthing pull. Roots are where it's at for native plants. Priority one is a good foundation, then what blooms above will thank you!

I've been native plant watching a quite a while and still gaze at the mini-me plants of spring dumbfounded. Since nature is smarter than me, I let nature take the lead. As the garden unfolds, I'll await verdant suprises as soil warms, unconcerned about their identity. So, weeds, you're safe for now but just wait...

Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata)
Not sure what this is yet...So I wait!