While many plants may look pretty in your yard, it’s beneficial to know the difference between weeds & flowers.  Fall is high allergy season for many tri-state residents and one of the biggest culprits is ragweed, which can often be mistaken for goldenrod.  And this is just one example of many that can make knowing what to groom vs. remove a sticky situation for many homeowners.

There are a few tricks gardeners use that can be handy in detecting the difference between weeds and flowers.

-Look for patterns in the bed to determine if they were planted there on purpose.  Scattered and random growth probably means it’s a weed.

-Keep your yard and flower beds neatly groomed to better identify unwanted growth.

-Web research via reliable websites, such as the one hosted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, can help identify species

-Visit your local library, where field guides are available for checkout.  You can take them outside for a side-by-side comparison.

In addition to ragweed, there are many other weeds that grow abundantly in Ohio, and are commonly mistaken for flowers, such as wild violets, thistle, buckhorn plantain, chickweed and oxalis.