Some weeds are more than just petty nuisances in your yard and garden space -- there are certain weed species that you are actually required by law to remove, and you may even have to report their existence to the proper government agencies. These are known as noxious weeds, and they involve both state and federal classifications. Weeds that are categorized as noxious under federal guidelines are those that grow in many states and can flourish in a number of climate conditions. Following are five of the worst offenders:
Purple loosestrife is a deceptively beautiful plant that thrives in damp, swampy conditions, and can quickly take over areas around lakes and streams. It is particularly dangerous to wetland environments because it chokes out native vegetation. This plant generally grows about three feet tall and can be easily identified by its spires of purple blossoms in summer and early autumn.
This sweet-smelling plant can quickly take over in areas where conditions are right. Hall's honeysuckle can either grow low along the ground or climb fences and other objects. Although its lovely smell can make it seem desirable, it can also choke out native plants. It can be identified by its fragrance as well as by the small white flowers that bloom in early summer through fall. The flowers turn yellow as they age, and the foliage is light green.
Wild Morning Glory
Otherwise known as bindweed, wild morning glory should be handled with caution. Parts of it are poisonous, so always take care to wear gloves when you are handling it to avoid getting contact dermatitis. This is a difficult weed to get rid of because even the tiniest piece of root left behind will quickly develop into another plant. Many homeowners depend on commercial landscaping companies to control this weed rather than try to slay it themselves. This plant resembles a smaller version of the classic garden morning glory and has white, funnel shaped flowers with tinges of pink.
English ivy is another attractive plant that is classified as a noxious weed. It has the potential to literally strangle tall trees, and it is also provides habitat for many species of rodents. It is extremely difficult to get rid of once it gets established. It has very small white flowers in the spring that most people do not even notice and bright green foliage.
For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Snyder's Weed Control or a similar company.