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Weed Identification?

Can anyone recommend a good site/book for weed identification? I know I sound like a real brainless wonder but I haven't a clue which plants are weeds and which were planted purposefully. I just started renting a house in a subdivision that is very strict with regard to weed maintenance and I need to know what I should and should not get rid of.

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There are some plants that seem to be weeds...they shot up quickly and look like sin. Still, since I do not have direct contact with the homeowner I would hate to pull something that wasn't meant to be pulled. Any help would be appreciated. :)

PS: I also want to get rid of any plants that may be harmful to my two dogs. If anyone has any tips as to how I can identify poisonous plants I would be eternally grateful. (Editor's Note: We created a separate request for this question about plants that are harmful to dogs here: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf665223.tip.html)

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 31, 20050 found this helpful

You can ask neighbors. If they don't know (none of mine would), the Audubon Society has a lot of nice field guides for different areas of the country that have native species of plants, trees, birds, insects, etc.

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They have good pictures and descriptions of the plants. Another option is to take a leaf to a local nursery.

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March 31, 20050 found this helpful

A great resource for weed identification are County Extension offices. Also local universities or colleges can help with that. Pick a few that you think are probably weeds and take them in. Also, if your landlord is such a stickler for weeds, ask him.

Susan

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March 31, 20050 found this helpful

Thanks for your replies! :) Susan, I love your suggestion about going to local colleges and universities. Having recently graduated I am still pretty comfortable visiting the university. As for the landlord. *sigh* I don't rent from him. He has a rental/leasing office managing this rental. They are less than helpful with every other thing I have requested so I doubt they would even answer a call back on weed identification.

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Asking the neighbors is also a fantastic idea. :) So far I am only familiar with one family next door but their lawn looks fabulous so I really should ask them. :) They have been very nice thus far. I will also check on the Audubon Society.

I really appreciate your help! :)

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By Raycruzer (Guest Post)
May 27, 20050 found this helpful

In addition to the CD-ROM 1000 Weeds of North America, there are over 200 weed identification references listed at the World of Weeds: www.ergonica.com.

Check it out!

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