Identifying Weed Seedlings

Winter months are a great time to get weeds under control. One way to control them is by hand-weeding. Weed seedlings may look like plant seedlings, and new gardeners may not know how to identify weed seedlings.

Common weed seedlings include:

A great weed ID resource is the UF/IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education Center’s Weed Identification Guide. This is one of the things I appreciate about UF/IFAS Extension: the cattle and pasture folks make available their weed list with photos, and this is helpful to home gardeners, too!

Other weed ID resources include:

Some weeds are host plants for insect vectors. Check out this UF/IFAS EDIS publication for information on weed hosts and insect vectored viruses. Table 1 lists the weed hosts of these common vegetable viruses, which is a good reason to pull these weeds.

Using these resources, you may become proficient at weed ID. Hand-pulling weeds is an environmentally friendly method of weed control. One of our Hillsborough Master Gardener Volunteers tries to “pull a bucket a day.” However, if you need assistance with identifying weed seedlings, contact your local county Extension office.


Posted: December 31, 2020


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