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Solving weed problems
Loewer, H. Peter.
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Publication Information:
Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
v, 282 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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SB612.A2 L64 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Gardening
SB612.A2 L64 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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One person's weed may well be another's treasure, but whether you are a home gardener or a giant of agribusiness, there are some plants you need to get rid of in order to improve your desired crop. In Solving Weed Problems, horticulturist Peter Loewer helps identify which plants truly are weeds, then shows you the best ways to eliminate them.Elegantly illustrated, this handbook recounts a short history of weeds and how they got to America, and lists the most stubbornly pernicious species of the twenty-first century. Plus, it gives you important facts on the pollination and germination of weed seeds, their longevity, and their methods of dispersal. Find out which herbicides - chemical or organic - work best in every situation. Even find out the special circumstances when you may actually want to cultivate rather than eradicate certain weeds. (5 1/2 x 8 1/4, 288 pages, illustrations)

Author Notes

Peter Loewer has penned many articles for all the national gardening magazines and written and illustrated numerous gardening books, He sits on the board of the JC Raulston Arboretum, and his work is in the permanent collection of Carnegie Mellon's Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1. What Is a Weed?p. 3
Chapter 2. Chemical Herbicidesp. 9
Chapter 3. Safer Ways of Fighting Weedsp. 15
Chapter 4. The Pollination of Weedsp. 23
Chapter 5. The Longevity of Weed Seedsp. 31
Chapter 6. The Dispersal of Weed Seedsp. 49
Chapter 7. The Worst Weed Trees in the Countryp. 71
Chapter 8. Weedy Shrubsp. 105
Chapter 9. Grasses, Sedges, and Bamboop. 127
Chapter 10. Weedy Annuals and Biennialsp. 155
Chapter 11. Perennial Weeds and Mossesp. 179
Chapter 12. Weedy Vinesp. 219
Chapter 13. Aquatic Weedsp. 247
Chapter 14. Lawns and Weedsp. 259
Sourcesp. 269
Suppliersp. 273
Indexp. 275