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What to Do with a Yard Full of Weeds

Hello Gardeners, I'm Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. If you have a yard full of weeds right now, there are a few things you can do to help reduce that problem next year. The first step is to identify the weeds. Weeds are divided into several categories - winter weeds and summer weeds. Winter weeds usually germinate in October and die or go dormant when summer comes. 
 
Summer weeds begin to grow in March and complete their cycle when cold temperatures arrive. The next category is annual weeds which live for one year and come back the next from seed and perennial weeds which have a dormant period during which they survive through some sort of storage structure. Next is to determine if the offending plants are grassy or broadleaf weeds or sedges. Your local Extension office or can help you identify your weeds - that's the first step to knowing how to control them.

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.