Weeding out garden nuisances

As anyone with a green thumb would tell you, weeds are a big problem for home gardeners.

The plants present many problems for others around them, including competing with garden plants for nutrients, moisture and sunlight. Weeds are also hosts for insects, which might carry disease.

While weeds are a problem, they are not an insurmountable one. Yvonne McCormick, horticulturist at ISU Extension in Hamilton County, will present a “Weeds 101” program at Kendall Young Library on Monday at 6:30 p.m. In the meeting room, McCormick will discuss the pros and cons of various types of weed control.

McCormick invites attendees to bring weeds if they are unable to identify them.

McCormick will discuss the types of weeds that are often found in gardens, and will differentiate between annual and perennial weeds and how best to remove each kind of week.

Methods of removing weeds that McCormick will discuss include cultivation, hand pulling, organic and synthetic mulches and herbicides. Each method has its upsides and downsides, according to McCormick, and knowing what mulch, herbicide or other method to use on weeds is crucial to keeping the plants out of a home garden.