Conditions and Diseases
Head, Ears, and Nose
An allergy to grasses and weeds?
Asked in Allergies
What might you be allergict to if you cough and have a runny nose during spring?
Asked in WikiAnswers Local
How do you differentiate grasses from weeds?
Grasses is a botanical category. Weeds is an aesthetic one. If you don't want it growing where it is, it's a weed (even if you might want it growing somewhere else). It may, or may not, also be a grass: Bermuda grass and crabgrass are commonly considered weeds, but both are nonetheless true grasses.
Asked in The Difference Between
Are mosses and weeds and grasses and ferns bushes?
Asked in Lawn Care, Trees
Why do grasses and weeds appear before trees and shrubs?
What do groundhog eat before they go into hibernation?
Are grasses considered secondary consumers?
Asked in Grazing and Range/Pasture Management
When do you plant pastures?
Mid spring is the best time to plant pasture grasses. The seeds have to be fertilized and then packed down so they grow better. DO NOT GRAZE FOR A YEAR. If you do that is the quickest way to kill your pasture. The roots have to establish themselves enough so that they will be able to propogate for the years to come. It also gives the plants enough time to reseed themselves and grow tillers to increase your pasture yield per acre. Often when the grasses first come up the pasture will be just covered in weeds. Don't be alarmed. All you have to do is cut the weeds down with a swather or haybine. Once you get the weeds off (get them baled up right away so you don't kill the newly seeded grasses underneath), the grass will really take off and a person wouldn't know that you had weeds on there in the first place. The advantage of grasses is that their growth points are low to the ground, so if you cut the weeds you don't hurt the grasses. Most weeds are not part of the grass family, which means that their growth points are at the top of the plant, not near the ground. So if you cut off grasses that are trying to grow, don't panic, they will grow back, and remarkably quickly. The grass can grow so fast that the weeds won't even have time to rejuvenate themselves: the new grass will just choke them out. Some weeds are grasses, but in a pasture they are still grasses, and the livestock will eat them most of the time. Quack grass, for example, is a favorite of cattle. It is considered a weed in crops, but in pastures, they're just part of the whole equation. The reason I recommend to cut your weeds instead of spray them is because it is cheaper to cut or mow them instead of spending more money on buying herbicide, spending the time to get everything mixed the right way, etc. It's cheaper to cut/mow, plus it's faster as well.