Noxious weeds and nuisance weeds are unsightly, degrade pasture land, reduce crop yields, destroy native habitat and are, well, noxious — they can hurt your feet. For example, think cheat grass in your socks or your dog’s fur, or puncture vine wounds in feet and bicycle tires.
With spring in full swing, many of us gardeners are feeling exuberant and perhaps even a bit smug. That is, until you come upon the challenges of leaves being devoured by unknown critters or some dead branches appearing on an otherwise live shrub.
Never before have I lived a place where you can both snowboard through fresh powder and sow seeds in your garden during the same day. We are fortunate to have spring come early in our part of the world.